Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates! Film Series : The Western: How It Was Never One


2017, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 115 min. With Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas


Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 16th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Nov 20th 6:00pm

"Make time for this one...Rich and allusive, a unique and slyly comic mirage of colonialism as seen from every perspective, including (at one memorable point) a llama's." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

In this long-awaited fourth feature, her first film in nine years, contemporary master Martel weaves a haunting and enigmatic tale adapted from the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, set in the 18th Century on the Asunción coast of South America. A prideful man in a tricorn hat and brocade coat looks out to sea, longing for his deliverance from his backwater post in a ragged rural colony of the Spanish crown. Many circles of hell await Zama (Giménez Cacho) in Martel's rendering of a story that gains acute physicality through her evocative and unorthodox framing and startling use of layered sound. In its final section, the film opens up to the hallucinatory-seeming vision of vast grasslands, where Zama attempts to prove his worth by pursuit of a wanted criminal. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Tuesday lecture by Jon Cates, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Video and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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