The Varsity will show the Columbian film “Embrace of the Serpent” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in this third feature by Columbian filmmaker Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Embrace of the 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.
“A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism… an impressively realized third feature from Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra, featuring knockout black-and-white cinematography and an array of breathtaking locations,” writes Jordan Mintzer, of The Hollywood Reporter.
“Embrace of the Serpent” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and won CIACE Art Cinema Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
The trailer for “Embrace of the Serpent” is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=uymNkBuR-SY
The Varsity will show “Embrace of the Serpent” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $7 for the general admission, $5 for students, and are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.org.
Tickets also will be available at the venue on the night of the show when doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn.
“Embrace of the Serpent” is rated Not Rated.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Keep up with upcoming events at www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.