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Zama (2017)

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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 ... 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

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

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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Needs a Second Viewing
14 July 2018 | by zgburnett-98-335145See all my reviews

Absorbing and deeply unsettling, I enjoyed this movie but found it difficult to follow. Having not read the novel and being unfamiliar with Spanish colonial history, there was probably quite a bit I missed due to lack of education on the subject. However, I came out of the theater feeling as though I was covered in a deep tropical sweat. Like The Witch (2015), it immediately places the viewer in the film. Zama is accurate in its slow pace as a period drama on a tropical island during a time when letters from Spain took FULL YEARS to reach the colonies, and these days standard viewers may have trouble maintaining focus on the travails of one man's experience for almost 2 hours. Bursts of action actually woke older people up in the audience of the theater where I viewed it. Zama was marketed to U.S. audiences with a quickly-edited, intense trailer that had me itching to see it, while the film itself seems to have left more people scratching their heads. I'm looking forward to a second viewing, though preferably not on another humid, ninety-degree day.


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