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Archive Preview: LUCRECIA MARTEL



Friday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m.

THE HEADLESS WOMAN (La mujer sin cabeza) Argentina/Spain/France/Italy, 2008
DIR/SCR: L. Martel. CAST: Maria Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron, Daniel Genoud, César Bordón.

The well-ordered, affluent life of Verónica, a dentist in rural Argentina, begins to unravel after she has a mysterious car accident on a remote road at night. Unable to identify what she hit but imagining the worst, Verónica suffers a breakdown that finds her drifting mutely along the streets of her hometown in an almost hallucinatory daze. Through Verónica’s wanderings, director Lucrecia Martel constructs a spellbinding study of doubt and guilt within a damning parable about social class in contemporary Argentina. 35mm, color, in Spanish w/ English subtitles, 87 min.

Feature preceded by:
REY MUERTO Argentina, 1995 DIR/SCR: Lucrecia Martel. CAST: Rolly Serrano, Sendra Ceballos, Carlos Aldana, Marcelo Machuca. Poverty, domestic violence and vengeance seethe in the crumbling homes and dusty streets of a northern Argentine town in this striking short with style to burn. DVD, color, in Spanish w/ English subtitles, 12 min.

*IN PERSON: Lucrecia Martel.

Saturday, July 18th at 7:30 p.m.

LA CIÉNAGA (The Swamp) Argentina/Spain, 2001
DIR/SCR: Lucrecia Martel. CAST: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Diego Baenas, Leonora Balcarce.

Director Lucrecia Martel’s astonishing debut feature plunges the audience into the decadence and dissolution of two intertwined middle-class families in Argentina with little if any narrative cues to sort the villains from the victims amid the existential morass in which her tangle of characters find themselves. In place of simple explication, Martel unleashes an extraordinarily sensuous experience of a world in decay, both morally and physically, that will restore your faith in cinema, if not people. 35mm, color, in Spanish w/ English subtitles, 103 min.

THE HOLY GIRL (La niña santa) Argentina/Spain/Italy/Netherlands/Switzerland, 2004
DIR/SCR: Lucrecia Martel. CAST: Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso, Alejandro Urdapilleta, María Alche, Julieta Zylberberg.

Director Lucrecia Martel’s follow up to La Ciénega confirmed the arrival of a major new voice on the international cinema scene. In The Holy Girl, Martel explores the budding sexual and religious consciousness of the 14-year-old Amalia who becomes obsessed with a middle-aged doctor after he illicitly rubs up against her in the street—only to have him later turn up as a guest at her lonely mother’s hotel. Martel defies expectations for the triangle of desire that slowly takes shape, bringing a dryly comic touch to her powerful, if oblique, portrait of human vulnerability and imperfection. 35mm, color, in Spanish w/ English subtitles, 106 min.

*IN PERSON: Lucrecia Martel.



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