The great Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman) ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinean literature.
In the late 18th century, in a far-flung corner of what seems to be Paraguay, the title character, an officer of the Spanish Crown (Daniel Giménez Cacho) 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 challenging, brilliant, Kafkaesque period piece, co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar and Gael García Bernal.
“A mordantly funny and relentlessly modernist critique of colonialism.” – GLENN KENNY, ROGEREBERT.COM
Please note: the screening on Mon 28 May will be at 9.15pm in a change to our published programme.