If you ask around for the best Argentine filmmaker alive, several names are bound to come up: Campanella. Trapero. Szifrón. All those are sure to be somewhere in the conversation. But let’s be honest, the conversation pretty much begins and ends with one name and one name only: Lucrecia Martel. Although she’s directed just four films to date, it’s safe to say they’re all considered cult classics for serious cinephiles. From her debut masterpiece La Ciénaga to the more recent period piece Zama, that’s still piling up the accolades in the festival circuit, the woman can do no wrong.
So what does an icon do when she’s still on top of her game, as she so very obviously is? She teams up with other icons, of course. Cue Icelandic music legend and former swan dress model, Björk. That’s right, Björk has asked Lucrecia to direct her new, highly-anticipated live spectacle Cornucopia, that will premiere this May in New York (of course, where else?).
The selected venue for this reunion will be none other than The Bloomberg Building, a totally bonkers movable structure that adapts to support ambitious and inventive projects from all creative fields. The building itself is home to The Shed, a cultural center that brings together established and emerging artists in fields ranging from hip-hop to classical music, painting to digital media, theater to literature, and sculpture to dance.
Just to get an idea of what these two are cooking up, Cornucopia mixes live music, digital technology, and dazzling visual screenings, a choir and a flute ensemble… So, Yikes. As Lucrecia put it: “I feel proud to be able to work together with one of the most innovative women in the world of music. Collaborating with Björk is a passport into the 22nd century.” The show will only be playing for eight dates, to make it an even rarer occasion.
Lucrecia Martel and Bjork for eight days in New York. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.