It has been far too long since Lucrecia Martel‘s last feature, 2008’s “The Headless Woman.” Since then, we’ve been agonizingly waiting for “Zama” to film. She became attached to the project in 2012, and last we heard, a 2014 shoot was in the works. That didn’t happen, but cameras are now actually rolling on the movie and the first look has arrived. Sort of.
Variety has the concept art for the epic project, which they call “one of Latin America’s most awaited and ambitious films.” It’s a bit of hyperbole, but we’ll take it, particularly as we’re pretty excited for this one. Pedro Almodovar and his production company El Deseo are among the backers of the movie based on Argentine writer Antonio di Benedetto‘s 1956 novel that’s set in an unnamed Latin American country in 1790, and follows Don Diego de Zama, an official for the Spanish crown on his way to Buenos Aires.
“’Zama’ brings us closer, with humor, to a man from the past — in the time of an immense unknown America — who uncannily lives the same conflicts that we are wrestling and contending with in our modern world,” Martel said about the movie. Again, we’re stoked.
We’ll add this to our growing list of anticipated movies for 2016. Perhaps a Cannes debut? Let’s hope.