The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director:

Ciro Guerra

Writers:

Ciro Guerra, Theodor Koch-Grünberg (based on the diary by) (as Theodor Koch-Grunberg) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 46 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nilbio Torres ... Young Karamakate
Antonio Bolívar ... Old Karamakate (as Tafillama-Antonio Bolívar Salvador)
Jan Bijvoet ... Theo
Brionne Davis ... Evan
Miguel Dionisio Ramos Miguel Dionisio Ramos ... Manduca (as Yauenkü Miguee)
Luigi Sciamanna Luigi Sciamanna ... El Misionero
Nicolás Cancino Nicolás Cancino ... El Mesías
Pediwake Daniel Martinez Pediwake Daniel Martinez ... Santiago
José Sabogal José Sabogal ... El Siringuero
Marcilio Paiva Marcilio Paiva ... Tuschaua
Jaime Pereira Jaime Pereira ... Payé Cohiuano
Marisel Mosquera Marisel Mosquera ... Mujer Pueblo Cohiuano
Pedro Bolívar Pedro Bolívar ... Borracho Cohiuano
Jorge Villa Jorge Villa ... Joven Cohiuano herido
Mauricio Hernández Mauricio Hernández ... Niño Cohiuano
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The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

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First Colombian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. See more »

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Young Karamakate: A chullachaqui. We all have one, it resembles us, but it is empty, hollow. A chullachaqui has no memory. He just wanders the world, empty, like a ghost, lost in a time without time.
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Trance (Trance Aereo)
by Nascuy Linares
© 2016 Plaza Mayor Company, Ltd.
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White men messing up traditions
3 October 2015 | by peefynSee all my reviews

I love how this movie is put together. By combining the accounts of two explorers - over 30 years apart - it manages to tell a story of a world changing. You can see how actions made by the first explorer directly changes the world of the people they meet. Mostly in a bad way. The movie conveys, with a sadness, how much the people of these tribes lost because of the way they were handled by "white people". But this is not the time tested "gone with the wolves"-story. It's an artistic and stylistic, yet believable, account of the old meeting the new.

One thought though: While it is an interesting discussion why it's in black and white, I think the movie would have been better off in color. At least partly. Black and white is nice, but the jungle scenery in this movie could have been breathtaking in color - but the again, maybe that's the point.


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Release Date:

25 May 2015 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Embrace of the Serpent See more »

Filming Locations:

Vaupés, Colombia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,955, 21 February 2016

Gross USA:

$1,329,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,217,176
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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