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Zama

“Martel ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s classic of Argentinean literature. In the late 18th century, in a far-flung corner of what seems to be Paraguay, an officer of the Spanish crown born in the Americas waits in vain for a transfer to a more prestigious location. Martel renders Zama’s world—his daily regimen of small humiliations and petty politicking—as both absurd and mysterious, and as he increasingly succumbs to lust and paranoia, subject to a creeping disorientation. Precise yet dreamlike, and thick with atmosphere, Zama is a singular and intoxicating experience from one of cinema’s truly brilliant minds.”—New York Film Festival. (115 mins.) In Spanish with English subtitles.

Filmography: The Headless Woman (2008), The Holy Girl (2004), La Ciénaga (2001)

Reviews: Sight & Sound, Slant Magazine, Reverse Shot, Cinema Scope, The Playlist

Interviews: MUBI Notebook, Film Comment

Genres: Drama