Northern Banner Releasing
Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent (‘El abrazo de la serpiente’)
Directed by Ciro Guerra
In Spanish/Amazonian languages with English Subtitles
Opens FEBRUARY 19
HALIFAX – Carbon Arc Cinema (1747 Summer St.)
OTTAWA – Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.)
TORONTO – TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W)
WATERLOO – Princess Theatre (6 Princess St W)
Opens MARCH 2
VANCOUVER – Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St)
Opens MARCH 11
MONTREAL – Cinema du Parc (3575 Avenue du Parc)
Other Canadian cities to follow. Available on VOD/iTunes, March 15
Cannes Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
AFI Film Festival
Directors’ Fortnight Art Cinema Award – Cannes Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize – Lima Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize – Mar Del Plata International Film Festival
“A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism.”
–The Hollywood Reporter
“A hell of a trip.”
– Screen International
After a stellar festival run where it screened at Cannes and TIFF to universal acclaim, Colombia’s first-ever Oscar® nominated film, Embrace of the Serpent, will start its Canadian theatrical run in Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo and Halifax on February 19, followed by Vancouver on March 2 and Montreal on March 11, through Northern Banner Releasing.
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in director Ciro Guerra’s (The Wind Journeys) third feature. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
The first feature shot in the Colombian Amazon in 30 years, the film stars first-time actor Nilbio Torres, Brionne Davis, and well-known Belgian actor Jan Bijvoet.
Embrace of the Serpent will be available on Canadian iTunes, Vimeo and VOD platforms starting March 15.
About Northern Banner Releasing
Northern Banner Releasing is the new wing of genre distributor Raven Banner Releasing. With a keen eye for the most innovative and daring horror films on the market, Raven Banner has earned a reputation for discovering future cult classics. With Northern Banner, they turn their singular vision to quality indie films. Their 2016 slate includes: Borealis, from Canadian indie darling Sean Garrity, and romantic comedy A Date With Miss Fortune.