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Latino Buzz: First Official Image of ‘Embrace of the Serpent’

Latino Buzz: First Official Image of 'Embrace of the Serpent'

Colombian filmmaker, Ciro Guerra announced that his next film,Embrace of the Serpent”, due out next year, will star U.S. actor Brionne Davis (“Savaged”) and Belgium’s Jan Bijvoet, the lead
in Cannes Competition entry “Borgman” a really creepy dark comedy. Two other stars are non-pro actors,
Nilbio Torres, from the Cubeo Vaupes people, and Antonio Bolivar, one of the last of the Ocainas. Both
are from tribes living in the Amazon where this film will shoot in Mitu, San Jose del Guaviare and
Puerto Inirida. As in his previous film “The Wind Journeys”, landscape will play a major role. “Embrace
of the Serpent
” draws inspiration from the travel journals of German ethnologist Theodor Koch-Grunberg
and American Richard Evans Schultes, a celebrated pioneer researcher into indigenous peoples’ use of
plants.
His “The Wind Journeys” was produced by our German friends Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner at Razor Film Production, by Burning Blue’s
prolific

Diana Bustamente

— who is now also heading the Carthagena Film Festival. It received some funds from Films From the South in Norway. It premiered in 2009 Cannes Un Certain
Regard and was sold by Paris’ Elle Driver to 19 countries including Film Movement for North America, Madman for Australia, Eye, Film 1 and Sundance Channel
for The Netherlands, Interior 13 Cine for Mexico, Cine Ojo for Argentina, RCN CIne and Cineplex for Colombia, Camera for Denmark, Arthaus for Norway.
Guerra’s next project “Taganga” was chosen to be in the Coproduction Forum in Los Cabos this past
November. “Taganga” is about a fisherman from a small village by the Colombian coast where many
foreign-owned scuba diving centers have been established. A new law requiring local fisherman to change
the motors of their boats forces him to earn quick money, so he chooses to dynamite to fish. The owner
of the largest scuba diving center opposes this use of explosives. When the fisherman receives a death
threat if he continues the dynamiting of fish, he assumes the center’s owner is behind the threat. In
order to prove it, he begins a series of fateful actions.

Here is the official image of “Embrace of the Serpent

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