Lucrecia Martel

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Lucrecia Martel
Lucrecia Martel (cropped).jpg
Born (1966-12-14) December 14, 1966 (age 50)
Salta, Argentina
Occupation Film director, producer and screenwriter

Lucrecia Martel (born December 14, 1966) is an Argentine film director, screenwriter, and producer.[1]

According to film critic Joel Poblete, who writes for Mabuse, a cinema magazine, Lucrecia Martel is one of the members of the so-called "New Argentine Cinema" which began c. 1998.[2]


Martel studied at Avellaneda Experimental (AVEX) and then attended the National Experimentation Filmmaking School (ENERC) in Buenos Aires.[3] Because the film school she attended closed for lack of funds, she maintains she was self-taught. Martel said, "I watched movies, I read books, I wrote. I was a free mind, because I had to be."[4]

Martel directed a number of short films between 1988 and 1994. The award winning short film Rey Muerto (Dead King) (1995) was part of Historias Breves I (Brief Tales I).

Her debut feature film La Ciénaga received several international awards, and was voted the greatest Latin American film of the decade in a poll of New York area film critics, programmers and industry professionals.[5] The Holy Girl was selected for competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival[6] and ranked ninth in the same poll, while The Headless Woman was selected for competition at Cannes in 2008 and ranked eighth. Additionally, James Quandt of Artforum declared The Headless Woman as "one of the great films of the decade."[7]

Martel was a member of the Cannes Film Festival Feature Films Jury in 2006.

Martel is currently developing an adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto's novel Zama starring Daniel Giménez Cacho.[8]



  • D.N.I. (1995), TV Series




  • Berlin International Film Festival: Golden Berlin Bear; for La Ciénaga; 2001.
  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Director, Best Original Screenplay; for La Ciénaga; 2002.
  • Cannes Film Festival: Golden Palm; for La Niña santa; 2004.[6]


  1. ^ Lucrecia Martel on IMDb
  2. ^ Poblete, Joel Archived August 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Mabuse Film Magazine, "El cine argentino está muy vital," July 11, 2006.
  3. ^ Cannes Film Festival – bio and filmography at Cannes.
  4. ^ Telegraph. Film review of La Ciénaga, October 2001.
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  6. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: The Holy Girl". Retrieved November 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ James Quandt, "Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman," accessed 28 May 2017
  8. ^ "Daniel Giménez Cacho Will Star in Lucrecia Martel's ZAMA". Retrieved 21 September 2014. 

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