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Lucrecia Martel to shoot Zama in Argentina

Argentine award-winning filmmaker Lucrecia Martel (La ciénaga, 2002) has said her new, long-awaited project Zama, based on Antonio Di Benedetto’s novel of the same title, will start shooting sometime in 2014. The film, Martel said yesterday, is still in preproduction and in need of financing. “Although I cannot say yet who the actors will be, the film will be shot in the cities of Corrientes and Formosa,” Martel was quoted as saying in Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay, where she is currently running a film workshop.

Zama, Martel confirmed, will be produced by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s company El Deseo. If everything goes according to plan, Zama will be El Deseo’s most expensive movie so far.

“I once said that thinking of doing a big-budget movie would be demential, that I feel comfortable in the realm of cinéma d’auteur, but Zama is a period piece,” Martel said.

Written in 1956, Di Benedetto’s Zama caught Martel’s attention during a boat trip to Asunción, where the novel’s action takes place. “The boat was in such bad shape that we never made it to Asunción, we had to stop and stay in Corrientes, just as in Zama,” Martel said.

Set in the 18th century, Zama tells the story of Diego de Zama, a Spanish colonial officer in a small town in South America who waits for a better post that never comes his way.

This will be the first time Martel films a text not written by her. Martel developed a film script based on Héctor Germán Oesterheld’s comic book El eternauta, but the project never materialized due to production problems.

Herald with online media

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