The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced a special two-day retrospective film series celebrating the work of Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel to take place April 10-11 and to coincide with the U.S. theatrical release of Martel's long-anticipated fourth feature Zama, and with the director in attendance.
Few contemporary directors have left a more indelible mark on world cinema than Lucrecia Martel, whose small but rich body of work has gained worldwide recognition since her debut feature, La Ciénaga, in 2001.
Born in Salta—a culturally conservative region of northwestern Argentina—Martel studied film in Buenos Aires during one of the country’s worst economic crises, and eventually lent her worldview and sense of place to intimate, elliptical dramas that broke from the aesthetic and ideological tendencies of the prevailing national film scene.
A singular artist, Martel combines a formal mastery—particularly through her attention to sound design—with a sensibility entirely her own, defined by atmosphere, mystery, and caustic humor alongside provocative critiques of class and patriarchy in Argentine society. Revisiting the work of one of cinema’s truly brilliant minds, the series will also include Manuel Abramovich's Light Years, a documentary portrait of Martel during the making of Zama.