Zama

12A

INFO

Starring
Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín, Nahuel Cano, Mariana Nunes

Director: Lucrecia Martel

Running Time: 112 minutes

Certificate: 12A - infrequent strong violence

Country: Argentina

Format: 2D


"Zama is a story that obviously has something of Beckett and Kafka, but creates worryingly plausible real-world evocations of their cosmic loneliness and bureaucratic imprisonment."
★★★★★
-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"It’s impeccably done"
★★★★
-Kevin Maher, Times

"Almost too well, and certainly too well to let us sit back comfortably, Martel has nailed colonialism as a living death."
★★★★
-Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

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


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.

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