Zama, by Lucrecia Martel, was presented at the 15th FICMBy: Marco Antonio Mejía
As part of the international premieres of the fifteenth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), Zama, by Lucrecia Martel, was presented.
The film focuses on Diego de Zama, an American official to the Spanish Crown, who waits for a letter from the king to take him away from the border post where he is stuck, forced to accept any task ordered by the departing governors happening while he remains with submission. Some years go by and the letter never arrives. After losing everything while he waits, Zama decides to join a group of soldiers in search of a dangerous bandit.
After the show, Daniel Giménez Cacho, star of the film, indicated that he hesitated to work with the Argentine filmmaker because he didn’t understand the script. “I wanted us to make this movie. He sent the script by email, I read it, and I didn’t understand anything, but at the same time it attracted me a lot because I knew who she was; I said yes but I had to go to Argentina a month before to work on the story.”
Regarding his ritual of introspection, Daniel Giménez Cacho described how he achieved a deep interiorization of the character. “Everything that happens is what he perceives, so I concentrated on having a lot of contact with myself; On Saturday nights, we always had a party, on Sunday I would recover and the rest of the week I would lock myself up. I was scared at first, thinking so much about myself, I connected with myself and I knew something was happening inside me.”
Finally, the actor spoke of the creative freedom that prevailed while filming, since the intention was never to make a historical film. “Neither doing something historical or exact went through the mind of the director, these things are sometimes cheating, because the stories fall into commonplaces, assuming how they dress. The same thing happens in Mexico when speaking of indigenous people, everything is stiffened by the time. ”
On Saturday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m., in Cinépolis Las Americas, Zama will have its final screening at FICM.