• A journey through the jungle narrative in the vein of Coppola (Apocalypse Now), Herzog (Aguirre), and others. James Gray’s The Lost City of Z the year after in 1916
  • This is different in two main respects, one- it’s shot in gorgeous super 35mm black and white monochrome, and two, the narrative perspective is with the Karamakate, the native Columbian—a fascinating different—the Serpent here is white man
  • Dense forest like the work of  Apichatpong Weerasethakul—even cuts to the tiger often as  symbol
  • Gorgeous shots of the elections of the trees on the river
  • Two narratives, a young and older Karamakate character—complex, rich characters- at times it feels like a road trip movie of buddies who are opposites
  • The night photography struggles a little as it falls into a grainy b/w
  • A meditation on the nature of colonialism and the historical repercussions- it’s political and allegorical
  • Turns into a 2001: A Space Odyssey with the gorgeous surreal lightshow  
  • The gramophone marks back to Fitzcarraldo—there’s a bit of Jarmusch’s Dead Man with the black and white outsider fish out of water—
  • The best part of the film is the volcano set piece gorgeous work—L’Avventura– like architecture as character
  • Recommend/HR border leaning HR