This morning the Colombian Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced that Ciro Guerra‘s “Embrace of the Serpent” (El Abrazo de la Serpiente) will represent the South American nation in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The selected film was chosen from a list of four candidates that included “Gente de Bien,” “Land & Shade,” and “Ella.”
Showcasing striking black-and-white cinematography, Guerra’s period piece deals with the clash between two civilizations. An Amazonian shaman and a European explorer develop a unique bond as the foreigner attempts to make sense of the region’s ancient knowledge. “Embrace of the Serpent” received the Cinema Award at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight earlier this year and garnered critical acclaim.
Oscilloscope Laboratories will distribute the film in the U.S. International sales are being handled by Films Boutique. Oscilloscope has now two Oscar hopefuls in his catalog, the other being Anna Muylaert’s “The Second Mother,” which was chosen last week as Brazil official submission.
Guerra has represented Colombia at the Oscar in two previous occasions with “Wandering Shadows” (La Sombra del Caminate) and “The Wind Journeys” (Los Viajes del Viento). To date country has never been nominated for the award.