Lucrecia Martel’s acclaimed period drama Zama has found its North American home and will open theatrically through Strand Releasing in early 2018.

Strand, which distributed Martel’s 2008 mystery The Headless Woman, acquired rights from The Match Factory in the run-up to the film’s US debut at the New York Film Festival. The film premiered in Venice and screened in Toronto.

Zama stars Daniel Gimenez Cacho as an officer in a remote South American colony in the late 18th century awaiting transfer. As he counts down the days to the hoped-for move, the officer succumbs to lust and paranoia and becomes immersed in petty politics.

Martel directed from her adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 Argentinean novel. Rei Cine and Bananeira Filmes produced. Strand’s Jon Gerrans brokered the deal with Michael Weber of The Match Factory.

“We’re so thrilled to be working with Lucrecia again,” Strand’s Marcus Hu said. “Zama is a wholly original film that shows her unique cinematic vision at work. It’s such an honour to be presenting the film here to audiences in North America.”

’It’s really wonderful to share the same enthusiasm on Lucrecia’s work with Strand,” Weber said. “I am very happy to partner with Strand once again and have Lucrecia coming back at the Strand home after The Headless Woman with her wonderful new film, Zama.”

“It’s a privilege to work alongside partners with such an in-depth knowledge about our filmmaker,” producer Benjamín Domenech of Rei Cine said. “We’re convinced Strand has the perfect drive and expertise required to bring Zama to its natural audience.”

Zama co-producers are El Deseo, Patagonik, MPM Film, Canana, Lemming Film, KNM, O Som e a Fúria, Louverture Films, Schortcut Films, Telecine, Bertha Foundation, Perdomo Productions, Picnic Producciones, and Punta Colorada de Cinema.