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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Storyline

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, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. Written by UCR Arts

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

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The film's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2017. 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 corazón
Performed by Ernesto Lecuona
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An Authentic & Believable Portrayal...
12 May 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

Period cinema often lacks authenticity, a sense of faux deprivation when such scenarios are encountered at best. Not here however, where the discomforts and hardships experienced by the colonial Spanish and their conquests leaves no room for misplaced romanticism. To extract the most from this piece I suspect you already need an interest of it, to have read the book upon which it is based (and enjoyed it), to be an avid follower of those times and of that era. It's elegantly performed, believable and honest but you can easily be distracted if you're engagement light begins to fade and dim, needing only to do so by a fraction to initiate the disconnection.


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Language:

Guarani | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

28 September 2017 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Zama See more »

Filming Locations:

Formosa, Argentina

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,123, 15 April 2018

Gross USA:

$200,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$489,692
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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