After nearly a decade, the elusive Argentine director Lucrecia Martel returns with the masterpiece Zama.
Martel’s earlier films, such as The Headless Woman and La Ciénaga, hypnotized and confounded audiences and critics alike. This visionary of Latin American cinema has always been more concerned with creating an experience than telling a story, and Zama is no exception. It depicts the steady descent into madness of an officer of the Spanish crown in eighteenth-century South America. It’s a harsh (though occasionally comedic) critique of colonialism, and its violence and racism. It is also a sophisticated experiment in breaking down linear time, with dazzling visuals and an uncanny attention to the relation of sound and image. Zama is like nothing you’ve ever seen. (2017, 115 min, digital)
Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director.