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Zama (2017)

Unrated | | Drama | 28 September 2017 (Argentina)
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Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Director:

Lucrecia Martel

Writers:

Antonio Di Benedetto (based on the novel by), Lucrecia Martel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Zama
Lola Dueñas ... Luciana
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Vicuña Porto / Soldado Gaspar Toledo
Juan Minujín Juan Minujín ... Ventura Prieto
Nahuel Cano Nahuel Cano ... Fernández
Mariana Nunes ... Malemba
Carlos Defeo Carlos Defeo ... El Oriental
Rafael Spregelburd ... Capitán Parrilla
Carlos Cano Carlos Cano ... Guardia
Jorge Román Jorge Román ... Reo
Gustavo Böhm Gustavo Böhm ... Gobernador I
Massamba Seye Massamba Seye ... Mensajero I
Germán de Silva ... Indalecio
Vicenzo Navarro Rindel Vicenzo Navarro Rindel ... Hijo Oriental
Dolores Ocampo Dolores Ocampo ... Amanda
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Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

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Genres:

Drama

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 September 2017 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Ζάμα See more »

Filming Locations:

Formosa, Argentina

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,123, 15 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$200,600, 19 July 2018
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. See more »

Quotes

Gobernador II: What are you writing?
Fernández: A book, Governor.
Zama: We need to draft a letter to be sealed and...
Gobernador II: A book? A book? Make children, not books. Learn a lesson from our Magistrate, Manuel.
Fernández: 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 Corazon
Performed by Ernesto Lecuona
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Rich, Deep and Dazzling
4 November 2017 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

The radiant colors of fire sparks in the night, shocking pink native dyes and lush green moss, and oscillating cascades of sound including exotic guitar, electronic interludes and soothing lapping waves, these and other rich innovations bring extra zip to the already thrilling story of Don Diego de Zama. Zama, a Spanish administrator in 1700s South America, refuses to adjust to his surroundings and instead pines for the continent and habits he left long ago. As his expected transfer to Spain hangs in limbo, Zama's paranoia about the dangers of the local landscape and hostility towards those of different races, increases. He lives in a bubble of his own creation. Yet if the sulking and morose Zama will not visit the pulsing and vibrant new landscape around him, it will visit him.

Director Lucrecia Martel deftly makes the audience part of the story. The scenes she provides are rich and dazzling in a variety of ways; color, sound, wildlife, clothing, furnishings, evident historical research, insight into human nature, brilliant acting and more. Her portrayal is wonderfully balanced. Martel does not glorify the past, nor does she skewer it. Pristine and beautiful scenery of lakes, rivers and forests are offset by glimpses of the morgue with its cholera and plague victims, the cruel and routine punishments and torture implements of the time and whirling ceiling fans that remind you of what the tropics without air conditioning must feel like. Martel's sensitivity and depth of feeling is astounding. The film audience, for example, is not provided with subtitles of native languages. "We deserve to not understand what the natives are talking about," said Martel who was at this Toronto International Film Festival screening. "History taught around the world is mostly about the colonizers." In one scene there are three sisters who revolve around a central point in a room, and Martel wants it to seem like they are part of a miniature music box. Such wonderful little touches. The film is spiced with brilliant lines throughout. "Europe is best remembered by those who were never there," for instance, and "nighttime is safer for the blind." The film is based on a novel by Antonio Di Benedetto.


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