Oscars: Colombia Selects 'Embrace of the Serpent' for Foreign-Language Category


Ciro Guerra’s film topped the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent will be Colombia’s submission to the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards, after topping a Colombian Film Academy poll with 68 percent of the votes. 

The black-and-white film spans 40 years in the relationship between an Amazonian shaman and two European scientists (played by Brionne Davis and Jan Bijvoet) as they search the jungle for a sacred healing plant in the early 20th century. 

Guerra’s film topped the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival, marking his return to the Riviera after his 2009 entry The Wind Journeys.

The Colombian Film Academy also announced on Wednesday that Cesar Acevedo’s first feature, Land and Shade, a Critics’ Week entry that won Cannes’ Camera d’Or award, was chosen as the country’s bid to the Goya awards in Spain, with 48 percent of the votes.

“We are proud that the films chosen by the Colombian Film Academy have such a high quality and were made by local talent trained in the country. This recognition is what the Academy wanted to highlight,” stated Academy president Consuelo Luzardo at the announcement.