Filmmakers Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi have deftly handled this drama by drawing from their own experiences, allowing for a uniquely stirring film that touches on the notions of friendship, familial bonds, and the fear of the unknown. Visually inventive and hypnotic in nature, Icaros: A Vision captivates with its meditative look at a little-seen world, punctuated by truly trippy depictions of ceremonial splendor.
In search of a miracle, an American woman embarks on a journey to the Peruvian Amazon and finds hope in a community, through rituals involving an ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca. With her perception forever altered, she forges a bond with a young indigenous shaman undergoing a crisis of his own, and a motley crew of psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the meaning of life and death.
Leonor Caraballo worked as a photographer and video artist between Buenos Aires and New York. She traveled to the Amazon where she was introduced to shamanism as practiced by Shipibo-Conibo communities. Matteo Norzi is a visual artist from Uruguay and Italy, living in New York. His explorative artistic practice has taken him on extensive journeys through six continents. Icaros: A Vision is their first feature.