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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #11. Lucrecia Martel’s Zama


Director: Lucrecia Martel // Writer: Lucrecia Martel

Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel has become one of her country’s most prolific filmmakers with three outstanding titles to her name, beginning with 2001’s La Cienega (where she won the Alfred Bauer film award in Berlin, and the title will see its release in the Criterion selection shortly), 2004’s The Holy Girl, and the coolly received The Headless Woman in 2008, which has gone as to stand as her most notorious and well received works. For some time now she’s been at work on Zama, a period piece based on the novel by Antonio de Benedetto and will be produced by Lita Stantic, El Deseo (the Almodovar Bros’ company)

Cast: Daniel Gimenez Cacho

Producers: Lita Stantic, El Deseo, Rei Cine’s Benjamin Domenech, MPM’s Marie-Pierre Macia, Rosa Filmes.

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: A project now years in gestation, it is primed to film this spring. As her last two films have premiered at Cannes, we’ll have to see if Martel wishes to push the film out into the world at the end of the year or wait for another Cannes.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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