With his breathtaking new film 'Birds of Passage' now showing at London Film Festival, rediscover Ciro Guerra's Oscar-nominated film from 2016 'Embrace of the Serpent'.
Spanning two periods half a century apart and set in the heart of the Amazon Basin, 'Embrace of the Serpent' follows two explorers' attempts to locate a plant with near-mythical recuperative qualities. But as their search takes them deeper into the wilderness, it is their minds and bodies that come under threat.
Ciro Guerra's film recalls Werner Herzog's Amazonian masterpieces and echoes the more insane and trippy moments of 'Apocalypse Now', yet remains a singular, epic vision.
★★★★★ "You will be transported" - Mark Kermode, The Observer
★★★★★ "'Embrace of the Serpent' is the type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it" - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian