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Zama Rated 15

Zama

Dir. Lucrecia Martel. Argentina, 2017. 1h 55m. Spanish/subs. Starring Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín, Nahuel Cano, Mariana Nunes.

Stuck on a remote South American outpost of the Empire, an 18th-century Spanish ambassador battles existential languor while awaiting instructions from government officials. This mysterious and dreamlike period piece is a scathing satire on colonial arrogance.

‘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, The Guardian

‘Lucrecia Martel’s tale of colonial misadventure in South America is one of the great cinematic achievements of the decade.’ ★★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies