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Ciro Guerra (born 6 February 1981) is a Colombian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent, the film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Ciro Guerra
Ciro Guerra.jpg
Guerra in 2011
Born (1981-02-06) 6 February 1981 (age 38)
Río de Oro, Colombia
OccupationFilm director
Years active1998-present



He made his first film Wandering Shadows in 2004 at the age of 23. The film was selected as Colombian submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards, however it was not nominated. His next film The Wind Journeys competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival[1] and was selected as Colombian submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards; it also was not selected.

His 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival,[2][3] where it won the C.I.C.A.E. Award. It won the Best Film award in the International Film Festivals of Odessa and Lima, where it also received a special prize by the Critics Jury. The film was also among the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, being the first Colombian film ever to be nominated.[4]

In 2018, Guerra released his fourth feature film, Birds of Passage. Filmed in La Guajira Desert, Colombia, Guerra states that it is "like a gangster film, but something completely different from any gangster film that you have ever seen".[5][6]

Guerra will make his Hollywood debut directing an adaptation of the dystopian adventure book The Detainee by Peter Liney, which will be written by Grant Myers.[7] Guerra is working on another film: an adaptation of J. M. Coetzee's novel Waiting for the Barbarians, starring Mark Rylance.[8]


Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Notes
1998 Silence Yes Short.
1999 Documental siniestro: Jairo Pinilla, cineasta Yes Documentary.
2000 Alma Yes Yes Short.
2001 Intento Yes Yes Animated short film.
2004 Wandering Shadows Yes Yes
2009 The Wind Journeys Yes Yes
2015 Embrace of the Serpent Yes Yes
2018 Birds of Passage Yes Co-directed with Cristina Gallego.
TBA Waiting for the Barbarians Yes

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Wind Journeys". Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  2. ^ "The Directors' Fortnight 2015 selection!". Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Archived from the original on 23 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  3. ^ Justin Chang (21 April 2015). "Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Unveils 2015 Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ Ford, Rebecca (14 January 2016). "Oscar Nominations: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Ciro Guerra Interview - Embrace of the Serpent; director reveals his next movie will be 'like a gangster film'". Flickreel. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  6. ^ de la Fuente, Anne Marie. "Colombia's Caracol TV Boards Ciro Guerra's 'Birds of a Passage'". Variety.
  7. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (22 February 2016). "Oscar Nominated For Colombian Pic 'Serpent', Ciro Guerra Makes First Hollywood Deal To Direct 'The Detainee'". Deadline. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  8. ^ Busch, Anita. "Mark Rylance & Ciro Guerra To Bring J.M. Coetzee's 'Waiting For The Barbarians' To Big Screen". Deadline.

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