At the 55th New York Film Festival, the great Lucrecia Martel ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in her adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinean literature Zama. Ahead of the U.S. premiere, the director held a press conference to discuss the film’s connection with her shelved sci-fi film, why she felt comfortable falsifying history, capturing the Catholic idea of the meaning of life, the intoxicating evocation of the senses, the ways humans have invented ways to enact violence, and more. Zama plays at NYFF tonight, October 2, and on October 15 (limited tickets available for both screenings), and will be released by Strand Releasing in 2018.

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