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Win: Free 'Embrace of the Serpent' movie tickets

In the mood for an adventure epic that goes a step beyond the typical action flick? Check out "Embrace of the Serpent," a black and white 2015 movie that critics say has shades of Jarmusch and Herzog amid its parallel stories of two explorers in the Amazon.

The Colombian adventure drama was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and won the Art Cinema Award in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

It plays at the Loft Cinema starting Friday, and you can win a pair of tickets on us.

More on the film from the Loft:

Tracking two parallel odysseys through the Amazon three decades apart, this visionary adventure epic from Colombian director Ciro Guerra offers a heart-rending depiction of colonialism laying waste to indigenous culture.

In 1909, a canoe bearing ailing German explorer Theodor Koch-Grünberg (Jan Bijvoet) arrives at river’s edge, where the young shaman Karamakate (Nilbio Torres), ostensibly the last member of a decimated tribe, waits warily. Theodor is searching for an exceedingly rare flower that he believes could cure him of his fatal illness. Resentful of whites, Karamakate agrees to help only after Theodor promises to lead him to other surviving members of his tribe. Their journey takes them through rivers and jungles ravaged by European interference.  Meanwhile, in a parallel narrative set in the same region in 1940, American explorer Richard Evans Schultes (Brionne Davis) conducts his own search for the elusive flower in the company of an older Karamakate (Antonio Bolívar) in a landscape brutalized by the rubber trade. Recalling such visionary films as Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Embrace of the Serpent grips with suspense as it captures a dialogue between representatives of two worlds in devastating conflict. Gorgeously photographed in silvery black and white, this elegiac adventure story surveys a vanishing way of life and the natural world that we neglect (and abuse) at our peril. (Dir. by Ciro Guerra, 2015, Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina, in Spanish / Portuguese / German / Catalan / Latin with subtitles, 125 mins., Not Rated)

To enter to win, comment here and tell us about your favorite black and white movie, or let us know over on our Facebook page.

Update: This week's winner was Chris Escalante. Enjoy the movie!

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Mar 23, 2016, 11:33 am
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Black and White films appeared normal in their day while color films often appeared garish. My favorites include Dead Man. The Film Noir of the early fifties titles gave me shadowy chills the way they were lit.

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