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Lucrecia Martel's mesmerising Zama

This intoxicating film from Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman) follows Don Diego de Zama, a functionary of the Spanish Crown, as he finds himself stranded in his colonial outpost.

Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind.

The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. Eventually, as the transfer begins to seem more unlikely and he increasingly finds himself sidelined in favour of the Spanish-born élite, he joins a party of soldiers to go after a dangerous bandit.

Lucrecia Martel adapts Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinian literature to create a deeply peculiar world steeped in the contradictions of colonialism. 

'Lucrecia Martel emerges from the wilderness with a strange, sensual wonder' The Guardian ★★★★★

Tagged with: Cinema New releases F-rated

Argentina/Brazil/Spain/Dominican Republic/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Switzerland/US/Portugal/Lebanon 2017 Dir Lucrecia Martel 115 min

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, and/or written by a woman.

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