Martel’s earlier films, such as The Headless Woman and La Ciénaga, hypnotized and confounded audiences and critics alike. This visionary of Latin American cinema has always been more concerned with creating an experience than telling a story, and Zama is no exception. It depicts the steady descent into madness of an officer of the Spanish crown in eighteenth-century South America. It’s a harsh (though occasionally comedic) critique of colonialism, and its violence and racism. It is also a sophisticated experiment in breaking down linear time, with dazzling visuals and an uncanny attention to the relation of sound and image. Zama is like nothing you’ve ever seen. (2017, 115 min, digital)
Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director.
Regular Admission: $12
Student, Senior, Teacher: $11
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional funding for YBCA programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Lead Image: Lucrecia Martel, Zama (2017); Courtesy the distributor.