La Ciénaga
May 10th, 2018

La Ciénaga
Thursday, May 10th, 2018 / 7:00pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

2001 / 103 minutes / English / Color
Directed by: Lucrecia Martel
Print supplied by: Janus Films

Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center as we showcase the debut features of some of today’s modern visionary filmmakers with a year-long series dubbed Women Direct. Our fourth selection is Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga [2001] with an introduction by Riverrun Global Film Series curator Tanya Shilina-Conte.

Ticket Information: $8 general, $6 students & seniors, $5 members

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courtesy of Criterion Collection:

The release of Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a dissolute bourgeois extended family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways that political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of extraordinary tactility, and one of the great contemporary film debuts.


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courtesy of Zama‘s press notes:

“From the very beginning, even when I’m writing, I think a lot about the sound. Many elements of my work in cinema come from oral storytelling and oral tradition. I think about sound and the rhythm of the sound.”

Born in Argentina, filmmaker Lucrecia Martel has positioned her work in the international film community. ZAMA (2017) is her fourth feature film after writing and directing LA MUJER SIN CABEZA (2008, The Headless Woman), LA NIÑA SANTA (2004, The Holy Girl) and LA CIÉNAGA (2001, The Swamp). Her films have been acclaimed at the most important film festivals: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, New York, Sundance and Rotterdam, amongst others. Retrospectives of her work have been widely exhibited in film festivals and prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Berkeley or the London Tate Museum. She has taken part in the official juries of Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Rotterdam, and has dictated masterclasses around the world.


ZAMA (2017)
2017, Color, 115 min.
Director: Lucrecia Martel
Writer: Lucrecia Martel
Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas,
Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín, Mariana
Nunes, Daniel Veronese, Carlos Defeo
World Premiere: Venice, Official Selection

(The Headless Woman)
2008, Color, 87 min.
Director: Lucrecia Martel
Writer: Lucrecia Martel
Cast: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, María
Vaner, Cesar Gordon, Inés Efron, D. Genoud
World Premiere: Cannes, Competition

(The Holy Girl)
2004, Color, 106 min.
Director: Lucrecia Martel
Writer: Lucrecia Martel
Cast: Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso,
Alejandro Urdapilleta, María Alché,Julieta
Zylberberg, Mía Maestro, Arturo Goetz
World Premiere: Cannes, Competition

(The Swamp)
2001, Color, 103 min.
Director: Lucrecia Martel
Writer: Lucrecia Martel
Cast: Graciela Borges, Mercedes Morán, Martín
Adjeiman, Leonora Balcarce, Diego Baenas
World Premiere: Berlinale, Competition



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Here is a curated selection of links shared on our Facebook page for additional insight/information:

4/15/18 – “With only three features (The Holy Girl and The Headless Woman are her follow ups), Martel quickly established herself as one of the most radical narrative filmmakers working today. If you only watch the first four minutes of her debut work, a darkly comic vision of a bourgeoisie family, it is immediately apparent how brazenly exciting her methods are, creating her own cinematic language to teach us how and what to watch.” Peter Labuza, The Film Stagelink

4/16/18 – “When the Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel expresses admiration for those directors who challenge reality, she could be talking about herself. Although known mainly to cinephiles, Ms. Martel is considered by many to be her nation’s, or even Latin America’s, pre-eminent filmmaker. In an essay about her first feature, La Ciénaga (The Swamp), the Argentine film scholar David Oubiña praised ‘a body of work that from the beginning, has radiated a rare perfection.'” J. Hoberman, New York Timeslink

4/18/18 – “I’ll never forget first seeing Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga at the New York Film Festival in 2001. It was one of the most assured first features I’d ever seen, a complex, atmosphere-drenched portrait of a middle-class family barely hanging on during a torpid summer. The film marked the emergence of a fully formed artistic sensibility, and remains one of this century’s defining films.” Dennis Lim, Film Society of Lincoln Center – link

5/9/18 – “As Lucrecia Martel demonstrates in La Ciénaga (The Swamp), there is more twisted banal horror and caustic humour to be discovered in the forms of personal narrative than found within the boundaries of the horror genre itself.” Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Senses of Cinema – link

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