Stummfilm um Mitternacht: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
A special screening of the Oscar-nominated film with an original score written and performed live by Anglo-Colombian duo Witch 'n' Monk (The film has been adapted to contain its original dialogue, while the new music score is performed live)
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT - A journey through the Amazon [engl. Untertitel, English subtitles] CO, 2015, R: Ciro Guerra 124 Min In the Amazon Rainforest, early 20th century: the shaman Karamakate is asked to heal the German explorer Theodor Koch-Grünberg, but to do so they must find the mysterious Yakruna plant.
Some 30 years later, the botanist Richard Evans Schultes seeks out Karamakate. He too is in search of the yakruna. Karamakate, who in the meantime has lost access to the spirit world, sets out once again onto the Amazon River, into the heart of darkness ...
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT explores the mysteries of an almost forgotten culture, revealing the horrors of colonization. Based on true events, but told as a fascinating adventure it won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar, for best foreign language film.
At once blistering and poetic, not just an ethnographic study but also a striking act of cinematic witness...delivering a fairly comprehensive critique of the destruction of indigenous cultures at the hands of white invaders (Variety) One of the most unique cinematic experiences one could hope for (Indie Wire).
The word "beautiful" doesn't even begin to describe these scenes. (New York Times)
WITCH 'N' MONK (CO/UK) Hybrid flutes (quenas, mozeños & sikus): Mauricio Velasierra Voice & guitar:
Heidi Heidelberg Fiercely original music travelling from shamanic to euphoric, with an arsenal of electrified latin flutes that explode into animalistic electronics, chameleonic vocals that travel from the distorted underground to an angelic mountain shepherd, and a jazz-punk guitar/bass.
Witch 'n' Monk's latest album was released on John Zorn's prestigious Tzadik records, was named The Guardian's Contemporary Album of the Month and awarded the German Record Critics prize in the crossover category. Hard to imagine that voice, guitar and flute could groove so hard and deliver so much (The Wire Magazine)
Website Witch 'n' Monk: HERE