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Embrace of The Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)

Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra's haunting historical drama was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. Shot in lustrous monochrome in the Amazon jungle, the story unfolds in two time periods - the early 1900s and the 1940s - with one character as a narrative bridge. River guide Manduca (Yauenku Migue) heads into the jungle with gravelly ill researcher Theo (Jan Bijvoet) and solicits help from tribal shaman Karamakate (Nilbio Torres), whose entire clan was wiped out by the white man. Karamakate is loathed to assist his enemy but Theo might provide a link to other members of the tribe and the shaman reluctantly draws upon the power of a rare flower called the Yakruna to return Theo to full health. Three decades later, a botanist called Evan (Brionne Davis) arrives in the jungle with Theo's journal in search of the mystical Yakruna. Karamakate (now played by Antonio Bolivar) is once again suspicious of the white man.