Lucrecia Martel's Salta Trilogy

April 20 - May 1

"When you discover an auteur so original, mature and elusive as Lucrecia Martel, you feel as if you're witnessing a miracle." - Pedro Almodóvar

"I am in cinema because of the influence of my grandmother, who told stories to me, and because of my parents, who told me films and stories. In the world of the cinema, I feel like an impostor. I belong to the ranks of family conversations, stories at siesta time, long telephone calls, etc. I admire very many film directors, but like distant relatives who you wouldn't invite for Christmas." - Lucrecia Martel

Lucrecia Martel's first three films, with their allusive, atmospheric, richly sensory style, established her as one of Latin America's most important and original filmmakers. The three films are sometimes referred to as the "Salta Trilogy," because of their loose thematic connections and their deep roots in her native Salta, a hilly northern province of Argentina that she considers as much a mythological landscape as a geographical one. To accompany our Chicago premiere run of Martel's fourth film ZAMA (April 13-19), we present the Salta Trilogy, all in 35mm prints.

Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming

Special thanks to Brian Belovarac, Janus Films; Kristie Nakamura, Warner Bros. Classics; Ruth Hodgins, Walker Art Center.


The Headless Woman

La mujer sin cabeza

2008, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 87 min. With María Onetto, Claudia Cantero.


  • Fri, Apr 20th 8:15pm
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 5:30pm

La Ciénaga

2001, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 103 min. With Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges.


  • Fri, Apr 27th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 30th 6:15pm

The Holy Girl

La niña santa

2004, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 106 min. With Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso.


  • Sat, Apr 28th 8:30pm
  • Tue, May 1st 6:00pm