Z (N/C 15)

In 1968 the world was exploding – millions of students and workers were on the march in every square of every city the world over – and one piece of shrapnel that rocketed out of those times was Costa Gavras’ Z. His political thriller is just as searing hot today as it was then. As revolution was being threatened in Paris, and as Soviet tanks rolled over Prague’s cobblestoned streets, and while students were being massacred in Mexico City, in Greece democracy was being demolished and every sign of dissent there would be squashed beneath the bloody boots of military men. 

The letter Z was the symbol used by all those people who were attacked during those seven years of junta rule during which Gavras’ film itself was also banned. Screened to mark the 100th anniversary of Yves Montand’s birth. Filmmakers Paul Greengrass and Aki Kaurismäki listed the film in their top 10 films of all time.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jacques Perrin

1969 | Algeria/France| 127 mins | Print source IFCinéma

“The best films are those that don’t just tell a story, but also create an experience. Z certainly has that impact.” French Films

ABERDEEN BELMONT FILMHOUSE   Wed 17 Nov (12:45) & (20:30)


CHICHESTER CINEMA AT NEW PARK    Sat 13 Nov (17:00) & Mon 22 Nov (20:30)

EDINBURGH FILMHOUSE   Tue 16 Nov (13:00) & (20:30)

GLASGOW FILM THEATRE   Thu 18 Nov (17:55)

WARWICK ARTS CENTRE   Tue 30 Nov (20:15)


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