Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent will represent Colombia in the foreign language contest as another acclaimed South American title enters the fray.

Embrace Of The Serpent

Oscilloscope Laboratories holds US rights to the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner about an Amazonian shaman who experiences two significant encounters with Western scientists during his life.

Screen International Future Leader Cristina Gallego of Ciudad Lunar produced the black-and-white feature with Spain’s Carmelita Films and Chapinero Films of Colombia.

Oscilloscope will release on February 17 2016 and also holds US rights to Anna Muylaert’s Brazilian entry The Second Mother.

As previously announced Jayro Bustamente’s Ixcanul represents Guatemala. Kino Lorber holds US rights to that film.

Meanwhile, Viva will fly the flag for Ireland. Paddy Breathnach’s Havana-set drama is produced by Treasure Entertainment who co-financed with the Irish Film Board co-financed and Windmill Lane Pictures.

Mongrel Media International handles international sales and XYZ Films and Submarine represent US and Canadian rights. ARP Selection will distribute in France.

Telefilm Canada will announce the Canadian selection on February 25.