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Zama (15)

Friday 15 June 2018 to Monday 18 June 2018

Zama (15)

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  • Director Lucrecia Martel
  • Origin Argentina
  • Year 2018
  • Duration 112 minutes

"I hope Martel won't have to wait a further nine years before she makes her next film. She's too good a director to be sat on the sidelines for long and Zama may just be her left field masterpiece.” ★★★★★ - Xan Brooks, The Guardian

After a nine year absence following her masterfully ambiguous and haunting modern classic The Headless Woman, Argentinian auteur Lucrecia Martel returns with the enigmatic Zama.

Adapted from Antonio Di Benedetto's existential 1956 novel, it's set around an 18th century colony perched on the Asuncion coast and ruled over by a distant Spain. Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer. In a delicate position he must ensure that nothing overshadows his possible move, submissively accepting every task entrusted to him by the successive Governors who come and go as he remains. But, as the transfer seems increasingly unlikely, he joins a party of soldiers to go after a dangerous bandit.