Lucrecia Martel | Argentina 2017, 115m |
5:00pm, Sunday 22 July | New Farm Cinemas
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
Ascunción, 1790 onwards… Don Diego de Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating.
Adapted from Antonio Di Benedetto’s masterpiece of Argentinian literature, the legendary Lucrecia Martel returns after a nine-year absence to make the story her own. The greatest director of humidity takes this colonialist riff on Waiting for Godot and thickens it, clotting it with claustrophobic images of petty passions, lust and pride, before opening it up in a visionary final third.
Courtesy of Limelight Distribution
Spanish with English subtitles M