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Zama

Dir: Lucrecia Martel
Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele
115mins   2018   Argentina, Brazil, Spain   15   Spanish   

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. Based on the 1956 novel by Antonio Di Benedetto.

'What's most compelling...is the way Martel skewers the history of colonialism without voyeuristically indulging in the moment of conquest' - Simran Hans, The Observer