Lucrecia Martel's Long-Anticipated ZAMA to Premiere at Venice

Zama, the fourth feature film by acclaimed Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel (La Ciénaga, The Holy Girl, The Headless Woman), will have its long-anticipated premiere at the 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival , it was announced today. Based on the 1956 existential novel of the same name by Antonio di Benedetto, the Argentine film will be screened out of competition in the Italian film festival.

Martel's film is starred Mexican actor Daniel Giménez Cacho who plays Diego de Zama, a minor colonial officer for Spain in 18th century Paraguay. Separated from his family and hungry for promotion, Zama struggles to find peace while waiting in this unfamiliar landscape.

The only Latin American director in Venice's official competition is the Mexican Guillermo del Toro with the American production The Shape of Water. The only other Latin American film announced today was Invisible from Argentina. Pablo Giorgelli's awaited follow-up to his debut Las acacias, which centers on an 18-year-old girl confronting her mother’s death and unwanted pregnancy will have its world premiere in the Orizzonti competition.

The 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival will take place August 30 - September 9.