Ciro Guerra's ('Birds of Passage') adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's 'Waiting for the Barbarians', starring Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson will have its world premiere at Venice Film Festival this month. His 2015 masterpiece 'Embrace of the Serpent' recalls the films of Werner Herzog and echoes the more insane and trippy moments of 'Apocalypse Now', yet remains a singular, epic vision.
Spanning two periods half a century apart and set in the heart of the Amazon Basin, the Oscar-nominated '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.
★★★★★ "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