Arsenal is showing a retrospective of the work of Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel. She is seen as one of contemporary world cinema’s most extraordinary exponents of style. Martel draws on truly cinematic devices to narrate complex sets of relationships, whether those within families or otherwise, and keeps a careful eye on symptoms of individual and social disintegration and decay in so doing, making sure to always address the asymmetrical relationship between Argentina’s privileged and those of indigenous origin. Her plots are minimal and her narratives dispense with exposition – which makes her films’ characteristic aesthetic all the more complex: different elements of sound are layered on top of one another in intricate fashion to emphasize the sensorial and the experiential; her unusual framings produce deliberately restricted images which never show the whole of things; she works with off-screen space and plays with focus, forging images where it’s impossible to say what is central and what is marginal.
We are delighted to welcome Lucrecia Martel at Arsenal cinema to the first Berlin screening of LA MUJER SIN CABEZA (2008) on July 7 and to the preview of ZAMA on July 10.
July 4, 8pm & July 5, 8pm
LA CIÉNAGA The Swamp Lucrecia Martel Argentina/France/Spain/Japan 2011 German ST 103‘
July 6, 8pm & July 11, 8pm
LA NIÑA SANTA The Holy Girl Lucrecia Martel Argentina/Italy/Spain/The Netherlands 2004 German ST 106‘
July 7, 8pm, afterwards talk with Lucrecia Martel & July 13, 8pm
LA MUJER SIN CABEZA The Headless Woman Lucrecia Martel Argentina/France/Italy/Spain 2008 English ST 87‘
July 10, 8pm, afterwards talk with Lucrecia Martel
ZAMA Lucrecia Martel Argentina/Brazil/Spain 2017 English ST 115‘ Preview
July 12, 8pm
AÑOS LUZ Light Years Manuel Abramovich Argentina/Brazil/Spain 2017 English ST 72‘ Documentary about the making of ZAMA