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Lucrecia Martel's "Big Budget" 'Zama' Aiming For 2014 Shoot, Pedro Almodovar Producing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 9:42 AM
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Lucrecia Martel Zama
It's hard to believe that it's now five years since Lucrecia Martel blew us away with "The Headless Woman," and ever since, we've been eagerly awaiting her next feature. While she's tackled some shorts in the interim, and spent some time trying to mount the sci-fi comic book adaptation "El Eternauta" before it fell apart, the last we heard from Martel was in 2012 when she became attached to "Zama." And then that was it. But it looks like if things shake out the way they should, Martel will be back behind the camera in 2014 with a powerhouse name in support.

20 Great Debut Films From Female Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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20 great Debut/female directors
One of the less reported stories of this August’s film schedule is that the month not only saw three films released that were directed by women, but they were in fact three feature debuts — Lake Bell’s “In A World” opened to a rapturous reception (including ours) on the 9th, Jerusha Hess’ “Austenland” bowed the following week, and this Friday Jill Solloway’s “Afternoon Delight” begins its run (our review is here). One swallow, or even three, may not make a summer, but these green shoots must certainly be promising for those in favor of changing the current female:male ratio in the film directing profession (which runs at 1 to 15.24 in the U.S. according to a Sundance Institute report) to a number that isn’t so outrageously out of whack that you have to keep double checking it. Yep, it’s 1:15.24.

'The Headless Woman' Director Lucrecia Martel To Return With 'Zama'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 10:00 AM
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We might start writing about long-absent directors more often. In the three months since we picked out five foreign-language filmmakers who've been M.I.A. for several years, three of them have resurfaced in a big way. Arnaud Desplechin ("A Christmas Tale") is shooting "Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian" with Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in Detroit, and "Pulse" helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa aired his TV epic "Penance" in Venice before announcing plans only yesterday to make historical epic "1905" with Tony Leung.

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