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Bethany Arthouse Film Festival screening: Embrace of the Serpent

27 June 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Bethany Arthouse Film Festival in Warrnambool.

Film three: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina) 

Ciro Guerra’s multi award-winning film is a breathtaking cinematic odyssey through the Amazon, following the quests of two Western explorers (one in 1909 and the other in the 1940s) in search of a rare flower alleged to have healing properties.

Inspired by the real-life journals kept by Theodor Koch-Grunberg (portrayed by Jan Bijvoet) and Richard Evans Schultes (Brionne Davis), the film charts each man’s treacherous and life-changing journey. Though decades apart, both are guided through the labyrinthine rivers and jungles by the same native shaman, Karamakate (Nilbio Torres, and later Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama), the last surviving member of his tribe, who takes them deeper and deeper into a heart of darkness.

Embrace of the Serpent is a meditation on both the beauty of nature and the devastating impact of colonial interference on native culture. The spectacular widescreen black and white cinematography and evocative sound design combine to depict the landscapes and characters with an hypnotic, mythical sense of wonder.

“Majestic. Spellbinding… Beautiful isn’t strong enough a word.”- THE NEW YORK TIMES


Support Bethany’s major annual fundraiser and enjoy five sensational contemporary arthouse films in the wonderful surrounds of the Lighthouse Theatre.

Single tickets and season passes are on sale now from the Lighthouse Theatre – in person, online or phone.

Full Festival Program:

Tuesday 21 March 8pm – Tanna (Australia)

Tuesday 16 May 8pm – Mustang (Turkey/France)

Tuesday 27 June 8pm – Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina)

Tuesday 25 July 8pm – Monsieur Mayonnaise (Australia)

Tuesday 22 August 8pm – Rosalie Blum (France)

Full festival details can be found on the Bethany website.


27 June 2017
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Lighthouse Theatre
185 Timor Street
Warrnambool, Victoria 3280 Australia
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185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Bethany Arthouse Film Festival screening: Embrace of the Serpent

185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia