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Date & Time
January 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Free; no reservations required
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

In this long-awaited fourth feature, contemporary master Lucrecia Martel ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 novel. Set in a remote South American colony in the late 18th century, officer Zama of the Spanish crown waits in vain for a transfer order that never comes. Martel’s trademark command of sound and image is on full display, with oneiric cinematography and immersive soundwork fueling this relentlessly destabilizing portrait of colonial hubris.

“Some movies unfold as dreams; ‘Zama’ dances us playfully toward the edge of nightmare and then asks us to open our eyes.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“Make time for this one…Rich and allusive, a unique and slyly comic mirage of colonialism as seen from every perspective, including (at one memorable point) a llama’s.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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