Zama

Opens May 21, 2018

May 21-24 Only!

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, 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. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman), adapted from a book by Antonio Di Benedetto.

"This surreal period piece is the finest film of 2018 so far. A fearless, piercing piece of work. Martel’s sensibility is as oblique as it is sensitive, confounding as it is grimly humorous. It’s a movie that seems constantly to be spilling the secrets of this world, but without fanfare—there’s an unsettling banality to it all." (K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair)

"Martel engages directly with Argentina's colonial legacy, although her approach remains allusive and layered. She transforms Benedetto's epic into a dizzying, sensory head trip about a man's gradual psychological decay, allowing larger historical and political themes to emerge organically from her meticulous formal compositions." (Devika Girish, Village Voice)