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.Written by
Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. See more »
What are you writing?
A book, Governor.
We need to draft a letter to be sealed and...
A book? A book? Make children, not books. Learn a lesson from our Magistrate, Manuel.
I can't know how my children will be. But I do know how this book will be.
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Siempre en mi corazón
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Story of the failure
The history of colonization is written by men, representing success and courage. Zama, however, represents failure, that for which men do not seem prepared. Lucrecia Martel shows, in a tone of absurd humor, the eternal waiting of a man whose past does not serve him to gain respect in the present. More sensual in the first part, but also less successful, the film ends in a third act that displays all the talent of a director who looks sideways, who builds beautiful images that flee from the imitation of pictorial references. A director who builds her own image of the past.
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