Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


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

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 13th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Apr 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 14th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 15th 4:15pm
  • Mon, Apr 16th 6:15pm
  • Tue, Apr 17th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Apr 18th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 19th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere! Lucrecia Martel in person!

"Defiant…spins the viewer out of the theater in wonder. It won't be forgotten." - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

"Perplexing and intoxicating in equal measure…exquisite, inventive command of sound and image." - Guy Lodge, Variety

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. As this preening functionary futilely petitions his superiors for the transfer to the capitol, a more revealing look into the soul of a man who is the eager pawn of a system of dominance and the cruelest of subservience plays out. 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. Co-presented with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Lucrecia Martel will be present for audience discussion on Sunday 4/15 and Monday 4/16.

On Sunday 4/15, discussion will be moderated by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Lecturer in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

On Monday 4/16, discussion will be moderated by Daniel Eisenberg, Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Catch Lucrecia Martel's first three features in 35mm prints later this month! Click here for tickets & full details.

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