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Zama

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Premiere Engagement!

Friday, July 6 – Thursday, July 12

(2017) dir Lucrecia Martel w/Daniel Giménez Cacho [115 min; DCP]
“Lucrecia Martel’s cinematic marvel ZAMA tells the dreamlike story of Don Diego (a wonderful Daniel Giménez Cacho), a proud if beleaguered agent of Western colonialism. When you first meet him, Diego is waiting for a transfer from a desolate outpost. He has been waiting a long time. Over this pleasurably eccentric movie, Diego — with his noble head held high, his tragically ill-fitting wig and slow-growing despair — continues to wait, while simultaneously being assailed by slights, insults, rejections, humiliations, a comically inquisitive llama and catastrophic physical violence. Diego’s tribulations are almost worthy of a Christian martyr except that he is suffering for sins of his own making.

“Mr. Giménez Cacho, who appears in nearly every scene, anchors ZAMA beautifully in an expressive yet reserved performance that pulls you in intellectually rather than emotionally. (Early on, when he stands in profile to the camera with his tricorn and aquiline nose, he suggests a misplaced George Washington.) This is crucial to how the movie works, particularly because it is told from the point of view of the colonizer, not the colonized. Ms. Martel is exploring the past, how we got here and why, but she is more interested in relations of power than in individual psychological portraits. The monstrous must be humanized to be understood, which doesn’t mean it deserves our tears.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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★★★★ “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

“With a richly textured visual technique and bone-dry humor, Martel takes no small pleasure in depicting the gears of colonialism grinding up its own.” – Sean Burns, The Artery

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“There’s absolutely nothing else like it in theaters this year, which I mean as both a hearty endorsement and a necessary forewarning.” – David Sims, The Atlantic

“This is one of the most atmospheric and transporting films I’ve seen all year, and also one of the best.” – Justin Chang, NPR

“Poetic is a word that gets thrown around willy-nilly, but it fits perfectly here. So does woozy. It feels less like a film than a high fever.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

“The frustrating nine-year wait for new material from Martel has done nothing to blunt her exquisite, inventive command of sound and image, nor her knack for subtly violent exposure of social and racial prejudice on the upper rungs of the class ladder.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“A mordantly funny and relentlessly modernist critique of colonialism.” – Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

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Friday 7/6
at 4:30 7:00 PM
Saturday 7/7
at 2:00 4:30 7:00 PM
Sunday 7/8
at 2:00 4:30 7:00 PM
Monday 7/9
at 4:30 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7/10
at 4:30 7:00 9:30 PM
Wednesday 7/11
(no screening)
Thursday 7/12
at 4:30 7:00 9:30 PM

 
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