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.
The years go by and 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.
"Unique, mischievous and gorgeously clever"... "Zama is a textured, darkly funny and wise piece of work”
★★★★★ - The Dominion Post
“This gently surreal, impossibly lush existential nightmare is almost punishingly languorous, but the rewards are many for those who vibe with its peculiar rhythms.”
★★★★½ - NZ Herald
“Lucrecia Martel’s Imperialism Takedown Is a Slow-Burn Masterpiece”
★★★★ - Rolling Stone
★★★★ “Highly original Argentine adaptation surprises with brutality and lyricism" - Independent (UK)
“This Surreal Period Piece Is 2018’s Best Film So Far” - Variety
★★★★★ - The Guardian
★★★★ - Time Out
★★★★ - UK Times
★★★★ - Daily Telegraph