Zama

Schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 9:00pm
Friday, Nov. 9 at 9:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

“Zama” — the latest from acclaimed director Lucretia Martel (“The Headless Woman,” “The Holy Girl”) — is based on a novel by Antonio Di Benedetto. Don Diego de Zama, a 17th-century Spanish officer born in South America, eagerly waits for a letter from the king granting him a transfer from Asunción, where he is stagnating, to Buenos Aires. But Zama’s situation is delicate: He must ensure that nothing complicates his transfer and is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him. Years go by — with successive governors coming and going as Zama stays behind — but the letter from the king never arrives. Deciding that his hopes will never be realized, Zama chooses to join a party of soldiers in pursuit of a dangerous bandit. The New York Times writes: “Lucrecia Martel’s cinematic marvel ‘Zama’ tells the dreamlike story of Don Diego (a wonderful Daniel Giménez Cacho), a proud if beleaguered agent of Western colonialism…. In ‘Zama,’ colonialism shapes every scene, exchange and body; it is the air that people breathe.”

2017
115 min.
Spanish

Directed by

Lucretia Martel

Country

Argentina

Film Category

International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Spanish-Language Focus Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

War

Genre

Historical Drama