Zama

Lucrecia Martel

Based on a modernist novel by Argentinian writer Antonio di Benedetto, Martel's new feature offers scenes from the life of Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown, who is awaiting a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the river town where he is stuck. But his situation is precarious and he is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors. When Zama realises all is lost, he joins a party of soldiers going after a dangerous bandit. Like other Western characters stranded in the tropics, Zama's identity is defined by a sense of belonging to, being connected to a notion of Europe "... best remembered by those who were never there".

Hundreds of years later, South America still faces the same issues of ownership, of land and race, of conqueror and subjugated, of dissatisfaction and fatalist fatigue.

Also see Masterclass: Lucrecia MartelWinner KNF Award, IFFR 2018.

Screenings

  • Pathé 6
    English subtitles
    Thu 25 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 4
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 5
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    English subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 5
    Dutch subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Lucrecia Martel
Country
Argentina, Spain, Netherlands, France
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
115’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matias Roveda, Vânia Catani, Eva Eisenloeffel, Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries
Production Company
Rei Cine SRL, Bananeira Filmes, Lemming Film
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Writer
Lucrecia Martel, Based on a novel by Antonio di Benedetto
Cinematography
Rui Poças
Editor
Miguel Schverdfinger, Karen Harley
Production Design
Renata Pinheiro
Sound Design
Guido Berenblum, Emmanuel Croset
Cast
Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín, Mariana Nunes, Rafael Spregelburd