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Ciro Guerra Embraces the Wilderness of the Amazon for ‘Embrace of the Serpent’

Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent is the first movie to be filmed in the Columbian Amazon region for over thirty years and tells the story of a warrior named Karamakate who helps two Germans to find a rare plant in the Amazon. The film took over four years of research to make and involved difficult shooting conditions.

“For me, the most difficult scenes to shoot were the quiet scenes on the boat in the middle of the river, because the river is constantly moving,” Guerra explains to Filmmaker Magazine. “We had a boat for the actors, but we also had a boat for the camera, a boat for the sound, a boat for the wardrobe and makeup, and a boat for production. So putting five boats together for a shot, we only had one minute before they would drift away. Those scenes that are very quiet and don’t seem so complicated were the most complex, because you need to synchronize all this with the stream of the river and the actors.”