Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel is not well known in Australia. This retrospective of her work seeks to change that.
Even though she has released only four feature films, Martel is already considered “one of the most vital contemporary filmmakers to emerge from the New Argentine Cinema movement.” There will be a screening of her critically acclaimed Salta trilogy (each film in the series is based in her hometown of the same name), which consists of La Ciénaga (2001), adolescent drama The Holy Girl (2004) and psychological thriller The Headless Woman (2008). This trio frames the celebration of her latest film, Zama (2017).
Zama, is “an intoxicating fever dream” that follows the plight of a bored but ambitious official stationed in a Spanish outpost whose efforts to be promoted instead lead him down an increasingly surreal path. Based on a classic Argentinian text and co-produced by acclaimed and prolific director Pedro Almodóvar and actor Gael García Bernal (Babel, Mozart in the Jungle) the film has already been heralded as a key work of Argentinian cinema.
The local screening of Zama is exclusive to ACMI – don’t miss out.
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