A suited-man in very tinted glasses looks and points at something from behind a newspaper

Z (15)

Director: Costa-Gavras

French Film Festival 2021
Algeria/France / French, Russian, English (1969)
Tuesday 30 November 2021 8:15pm
Screen Three
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  • Peak Screenings (after 6pm) £10.50. Concessions £9
  • Off-Peak Screenings (before 6pm) £9. Concessions £8
  • Opening Season Offer: Under 26s £5 all screenings until 31 Dec 2021

  • Cast
    Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jacques Perrin

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    2 hours and 7 minutes

    Recommended Age:
    15 - Suitable for 15 Years and Over

    The public murder of a prominent politician and doctor amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials. A tenacious magistrate is determined not to let them get away with it.

    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.

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