Screen/Society--"Zama" (2017) Lucrecia Martel - NC Premiere
New releases/Global Cinema:
(Lucrecia Martel, 2017, 115 min, Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles, Color, DCP)
In this long-awaited fourth feature, contemporary master Lucrecia Martel ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto's 1956 novel. Set in a remote South American colony in the late 18th century, officer Zama of the Spanish crown waits in vain for a transfer order that never comes. Martel's trademark command of sound and image is on full display, with oneiric cinematography and immersive soundwork fueling this relentlessly destabilizing portrait of colonial hubris.
"Some movies unfold as dreams; 'Zama' dances us playfully toward the edge of nightmare and then asks us to open our eyes." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Make time for this one...Rich and allusive, a unique and slyly comic mirage of colonialism as seen from every perspective, including (at one memorable point) a llama's." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Screening made possible by support from the U.S. Department of Education.