Z (1969), Costa Gavras

Z (1969), Costa Gavras

A gripping political thriller, Z,  chronicles the assassination of liberal Greek politician Gregoris Lambrakis in 1963 and its cover up by military and government officials. The film, directed by Costa Gavras, is accompanied by a stirring score by Mikos Theodorakis (famous for soundtracks including that of Zorba the Greek), who was imprisoned at the time of the film’s production. The film’s title ‘Z’ means ‘He is alive’ in Greek. 

The film boasts wonderful performances by two of France’s greatest movie stars, Jean-Louis Trintignant as the tenacious magistrate and Yves Montand as Gregoris Lambrakis.  With its kinetic, rhythmic editing and expressive vérité photography, as well as its judicious mixing of documentary and filmed photography, the film is widely regarded as a technical masterpiece.

On its release, Z immediately became one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and was the first foreign film to earn an Oscar nomination for best picture as well as the first Greek film in 31 years to earn a nomination for best foreign film.

The screening will be introduced by Elena Papadaki of Greenwich University. The version of the print being screened is a DCP of the 2016 film restoration, supervised by Costa Gavras himself with the participation of CNC. 

Elena Papadaki

Elena Papadaki

Lecturer, Greenwich University

Elena Papadaki is a lecturer at the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts (University of Greenwich) and a founder of Incandescent Square, a collaborative meeting point for research and design. Her doctoral research (Goldsmiths, University of London) examined the curation of the moving image in diverse physical environments. Her current research interests include screen-based arts, the new Greek cinema, and ​exhibition practices in open air cinemas.

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