A white magistrate in South America awaits his transfer to a more respectable post and finds his life suspended in existential absurdities.
In the twilight of the 17th century, Don Diego de Zama is stuck in a crumbling South American outpost of the Spanish colony, toiling away in a bureaucracy that treats him as invisible. Unpaid for months and longing to reunite with his wife and child, Zama pins his hope on a transfer order that has yet to arrive from the King of Spain. In the melancholy inspired by tropical heat, he nurses his loneliness and lust by courting the wife of a local aristocrat and contemplating the ennui of colonial pursuits.
Adapted from a novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, Zama is the latest feature film by Lucrecia Martel, an acclaimed Argentinian director known for her cubist approach to storytelling. Here, she acutely observes the hopelessness of a colonial servant whose fevered fantasies threaten to drive him into an absurd free fall.
Cast & Credits
Lucrecia Martel is a prominent Argentinian filmmaker who has a committed following around the world from her films, including The Swamp (2001), The Holy Girl (2004) and The Headless Woman (2008). Zama is her first film in nine years, and premiered at 74th Venice International Film Festival in August.
Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Vania Catani
Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele
• Official Selection, Venice Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, New York Film Festival 2017