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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.

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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 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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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 July 2018 (Germany) 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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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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Siempre En Mi Corazon
Performed by Ernesto Lecuona
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Almost 2 hours of pure boredom
1 October 2017 | by thiagosblancosSee all my reviews

In spite of what critics might say, this movie does require the audience to actually take some time but not to "rejoice in a well told but a bit slow story" (sic)... You might perhaps dwell on what took you to watch this pretentious movie in the first place. But yes, you are going to remain in your seat for something close to 2 hours (if you don't leave, as some people did) to finally get... nothing.

Basically, if you read the storyline here, you've already had it all for nothing else happens, truly. Nothing. There is no back story for any character. Some of them pop up and disappear just the same. With no explanation whatsover. Then, the campaign to catch the "thieve"... it happens out of the blue. I asumed something occurred in between his decision to do so but the director chose (for some unknown reason) not to make that part of the story into the final cut. However, she did decide to include something else. It seems she found a lot of beautiful places to film her movie and in almost everyone she said "gee, let's film a bit here, no, no actors, just the landscape and then I will include it in the final cut", well, that is exactly what she did. Perhaps, if you are at home and you get to press fast forward from time to time... it might (huge emphasis there) improve the experience but I most sincerely doubt it.

All in all, it's a complete waste of time (and money) and *this* is what we sent from Argentina to the Oscars. Some reporter asked Lucrecia Martel why she has chosen to be absent from the cinemas for 9 years. Well, some of us haven't noticed her absence at all and would be very much welcome her to remain the way she was.


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