February 7th, 2019

Zama [2017]

Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center as we present a year-long series entitled Post-Colonialisms: World Cinema and Human Consequence. We begin with Lucrecia Martel’s critically-acclaimed Zama [2017].

  • Screening Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 7:00pm
  • Venue: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
  • Specifications: 2017 / 115 minutes / Spanish with English subtitles / Color
  • Director(s): Lucrecia Martel
  • Print: Supplied by Strand Releasing
  • Tickets: $8 general, $6 students & seniors, $5 members

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Venue Information:

341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

TrailerSynopsisDirector StatementDirector BioLinks

Courtesy of press kit:

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.


  • Venice Film Festival – 2017 – Out of Competition
  • New York Film Festival – 2017

Courtesy of press kit:

I wish to move towards the past with the same irreverence we have when moving towards the future. Not trying to document pertinent utensils and facts, because Zama contains no historicist pretensions. But rather trying to submerge in a world that still today is vast, with animals, plants, and barely comprehensible women and men. A world that was devastated before it was ever encountered, and that therefore remains in delirium. The past in our continent is blurred and confused. We made it this way so we don’t think about the ownership of land, the spoils on which the Latin American abyss is founded, entangling the genesis of our own identity. As soon as we begin to peer into the past, we feel ashamed. Zama plunges deep into the time of mortal men, in this short existence that has been allowed to us, across which we slide anxious to love, trampling exactly that which could be loved, postponing the meaning of life as if the day that matters the most is the one that isn’t here yet, rather than today. And yet, the same world that seems determined to destroy us becomes our own salvation: when asked if we want to live more, we always say yes.

“From the very beginning, even when I’m writing, I think a lot about the sound. Many elements of my work in cinema come from oral storytelling and oral tradition. I think about sound and the rhythm of the sound.”

Courtesy of press kit:

Born in Argentina, filmmaker Lucrecia Martel has positioned her work in the international film community. ZAMA (2017) is her fourth feature film after writing and directing LA MUJER SIN CABEZA (2008, The Headless Woman), LA NIÑA SANTA (2004, The Holy Girl) and LA CIÉNAGA (2001, The Swamp). Her films have been acclaimed at the most important film festivals: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, New York, Sundance and Rotterdam, amongst others. Retrospectives of her work have been widely exhibited in film festivals and prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Berkeley or the London Tate Museum. She has taken part in the official juries of Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Rotterdam, and has dictated masterclasses around the world.


  • Zama (2017)
  • La mujer sin cabeza [The Headless Woman] (2008)
  • La niña santa [The Holy Girl] (2004)
  • La ciénaga [The Swamp] (2001)

Here is a curated selection of links shared on our Facebook page for additional insight/information:

  • 1/14/19 – “Beautiful, hypnotic, mysterious and elliptical, Zama is a story about a man at odds with a world that he struggles to dominate, which becomes a lacerating, often surprisingly comic evisceration of colonialism and patriarchy.” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times – link
  • 2/7/19 – “CCC’s year-long series titled “Post-Colonialisms: World Cinema and Human Consequence” begins this month with Lucrecia Martel’s universally praised Zama. The stunning historical drama about a Spanish officer in South America is hypnotic, unsettling, and profoundly unforgettable. It is a another gem from Martel, the director of 2008’s The Headless Woman.” Buffalo Spree magazine – link
  • 2/7/19 – “It’s not often that a hefty, literary-sourced masterpiece feels breezily paced, but Zama is, miraculously, that, too. It’s the year’s best, and a film we’ll be still be catching up to and marveling over decades from now.” Reverse Shot – link

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