My oh my, we have a treat to perk you up in this chilly winter drear. Penryn Picture House is going to transport you around three of the worlds continents in one delicious evening..
The film we have for you is simply epic. At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centres on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who travelled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
According to the Guardian review;
“You are nothing but a white!” So shouts indigenous Amazonian shaman Karamakate (Nilbio Torres) to the seemingly on-the-level but still suspicious German scientist/explorer Theodor (Jan Bijvoet) in Ciro Guerra’s enthralling, politically tinged, psychedelic, historical adventure film Embrace of the Serpent. Reversing the perspective of more familiar movies such as Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo or Roland Joffé’s The Mission, Embrace of the Serpent’s snaky crawl up the river investigates imperialism’s cultural pollution from the inside out, with the mystical Karamakate as a reluctant tour guide in two time periods, 1909 and 1940.
Ciro Guerra’s gorgeous picture just has that ripped-from-your-dreams sensibility, where surprising turns float alongside a story you feel like you’ve known your whole life. Embrace of the Serpent is the type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it.
See the trailer here or by clicking on the film poster below.
The screening is on December 2nd in the Stuart Stephens Memorial Hall (one we can drink in!) on West Street in Penryn. Doors open at 6pm for food, drink, music and conversation, and the film starts at 7.30pm.
From 6.15pm Howard will be serving his gorgeous, freshly prepared and locally made meat, fish and veggie Asian dumplings and broth from Bango Street Kitchen, based in Mylor mmm..
Choose your dumplings:
Cornish fish dumplings
Pork, ginger & spring onion dim sum
Roast butternut squash, beetroot and spinach dumplings
4 dumplings & an aromatic Asian noodle broth, stacked with fragrant herbs and veg!!! DELICIOUS!
Tickets in advance :
Film & Dumplings: £12.50
Film only : £4.00
Non-Members (includes Annual Membership fee to join C-Flym):
Film & Dumplings: £14.50
Film only : £6.00
Tickets are available from CRBO
Raffle & drinks
There will be a raffle, and each raffle ticket at £1 comes with a glass of wine, a £2 one comes with a bottle of beer. Half the proceeds from the raffle will go to the PPH and half to the very deserving Rainforest Foundation, who tackle deforestation locally and globally. Locally, they help forest communities to gain land rights, challenge logging companies, manage their forests and protect their environment. Globally, they campaign to influence national and international laws to protect rainforests and their inhabitants.
We would be very grateful for donations to the raffle, so please get in touch if you have an item or voucher we can pop in it.
Tickets and food are limited to 80 this time so best get booking!