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French Film Festival: Z

Sat, Mar 7 / 4:30 pm
Directed by Costa-Gavras
1969, France / Algeria, 127 min
French, Russian and English with subtitles

An Oscar-winning film in 1970. In a fragile democracy where the police and the military are set on eradicating the political left, a member of the parliamentary opposition is murdered in the street after leading a pacifist meeting. The official inquiry into the case is entrusted to a young judge who becomes aware that this was a political crime committed by two hired killers. To entangle things further, an ambitious journalist resorts to unorthodox means to pile up evidence against several members of an extreme right-wing party, while these in turn accuse police and army high officials.

Alliance Française du Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting French and its diverse culture. For the 6th time, the Alliance Française’s French Film Festival provides an opportunity to see a selection of vibrant new French features. Curated by Damien Ferland and Marie Lemeunier. With the support of the Government of Canada, Government of Québec, and Institut Française.

 

Reviews

Costa-Gavras’s 1969 political assassination thriller Z appeared at the end of a decade of burgeoning cultural change and rampant paranoia. In the United States, this Algerian-French coproduction sparked a sensation...perfectly capturing a global mood of apprehension at a moment when America was at its most vulnerable. Costa-Gavras expresses the tension and terror of political conspiracy that haunted the democratic and anti-war movements of the sixties—and still does.
- Armond White, The Criterion Collection
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