Lucretia Martel’s portrait of a colonial magistrate in 18th-century South America who longs to leave the Kafkaesque world he helped to create.
Zama is an officer of the Spanish Crown waiting for a letter from the King granting him a transfer to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. Martel adapted her story from the Argentinian writer Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 novel, only recently translated into English (by Esther Allen) and now widely hailed as a modern literary classic.
Argentina / subtitles / 115 minutes
UNDENIABLY VISIONARY. –The Playlist
The first thing to be said of Lucrecia Martel’s Spanish-language film is that it stands as a STARTLING ORIGINAL. Though the story is elusive, the images speak for themselves, and they are stunning. –The Wall Street Journal
BEWITCHING and masterfully rendered, Zama is an elegant, ravishing, often delightfully strange achievement. –Paste
Fri, July 13
Ava 7:30 @ IU Woodburn Hall Theater
Zama 8pm @ IU Fine Arts
Sat, July 14
Ava 6:15 @ IU Global & International Theater
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc 7:30 @ IU Fine Arts – Last Chance!
Zama 8:15 pm @ IU Global & International Theater
Sun, July 15
Ava 5:15 @ Bear’s Place
Zama 7:45 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!