The Argentine director pays a visit to BAMPFA for this retrospective of her atmospheric, compelling films.
The Headless Woman
A woman involved in a potentially tragic hit-and-run accident tries to ignore what happened in Martel’s disorienting, critically acclaimed suspense thriller. “If Hitchcock and Antonioni ever had an interest in class guilt, you’d have Martel” (Wesley Morris).
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
An adolescent girl tries to save a man from sin in Martel’s hallucinatory look at religious devotion, sexual awakening, Lolita obsessions, and Catholic repressions in small-town Argentina. “A film that defies categorization, but I’m tempted to call it a miracle” (A. O. Scott).
Martel’s latest feature is a glimpse into the colonial abyss, adapted from a famed Argentine novel about a Spanish officer in a remote proto-Paraguayan outpost. “Perplexing and thrilling in equal measure” (Variety).
Two extended families suffer through a heat wave in Martel’s award-winning portrayal of social inertia, class, and racial dynamics. “Every shot is dense with life, yet the movie is highly focused, a small masterpiece” (Meredith Brody, Chicago Reader).