Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente) was nominated yesterday in the Best Foreign Language Film category during the Academy Awards announcements, held in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The film, which incorporates indigenous languages, is the first Colombian movie to receive a nod in this category. Directed by Ciro Guerra, The Embrace of the Serpent tells the story of the indigenous Amazonian people through the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. The film is a coproduction of Colombia’s Ciudad Lunar, Venezuela’s NorteSur, Argentina’s MC Producciones and Buffalo Films, in partnership with Caracol Televisión and DagoGarcía Producciones. Click here to see a trailer of the film, which will reach the U.S., Canada, Argentina and Spain February 17.

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