Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the provincial town where he's stagnating to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to submissivelyaccept every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by. The letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.
Returning after a 10-year hiatus from filmmaking, Lucrecia Martel's fourth feature film a hypnotic study of malaise and the devastating atmosphere of colonialism. Zama premiered at Venice, Rotterdam; Havana, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize; and Sevilla, there it won the Special Jury Award. Now playing at Lincoln Center.