Review: Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, 2015)

El abrazo de la serpiente

The 2016 edition of the ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival (I’ve only just noticed as I typed that that they’ve removed ‘film’ from the festival’s title) in Manchester started this weekend – you can see their full line up here.

There is nothing in the Spanish side of the programme that interests me, so I’ve reviewed two of the Latin American titles for Eye for Film. First of all, El abrazo de la serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, 2015), which has certain commonalities with Miguel Gomes’s Tabu (2012) and is an original take on the ‘journey up river / through the jungle’ film. It will actually be released in the UK in the summer and it’s worth catching if it plays near you. My review is here.