Zama

Director: Lucrecia Martel

 

2017, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Portugal, USA, 1h 55min

Language: In Spanish with English Subtitles

Program Notes

Zama, 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. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.

 

 

Beautiful, hypnotic, mysterious and elliptical, “Zama” is a story about a man at odds with a world that he struggles to dominate, which becomes a lacerating, often surprisingly comic evisceration of colonialism and patriarchy. ~ Manohla Dargis, New York Times


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