Z

by Costa-Gavras
Z - Z, L'ORGIA DEL POTERE

Informations

Nation: France, Algeria

Year: 1969

Length: 127'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

The military controls the puppet government of an unspecified country in the Mediterranean. The members of a pacifist left-wing movement are the only ones standing against the dictatorship. While they are organizing a protest, a rumor spreads that someone is going to try to assassinate their leader, a charismatic and determined man who brushes the threat aside and confirms his participation nonetheless. But on the day of the protest, the rumor turns true: a vehicle runs over the politician, who dies shortly thereafter in the hospital. According to the police, the accident was caused by a drunk driver. Clearly a cover up that the prosecutor intends to debunk, but the investigation will open his eyes on the actual state of his country. [rm]

Director

Costa Gavras

Costa Gavras

Costa-Gavras (Loutra-Iraias, Greece, 1933) started his career directing crime dramas and then shifted to political cinema to shine a critical light on the malpractices of dictatorships and their relations with major foreign powers. His political-themed masterpieces include: Un homme de trop (1967); Z (1969), nominated for two Academy Awards and winner of the Jury Award in Cannes; L’aveu (1970); État de siège (1972); and Section Spéciale (1975), which earned him Best Director in Cannes. His first Hollywood movie, Missing (1982), received a Golden Palm, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. He then directed a few more movies in the States, like Betrayed (1988); Music Box (1989), which won the Golden Bear; Amen. (2002), winner of the Berlinale Camera Award; and Eden à l’Ouest (2009).

Filmography:
Compartiment tueurs (Vagone letto per assassini, 1965), Un homme de trop (Il 13° uomo, 1967), Z (Z , l’orgia del potere, 1969), L’aveu (La confessione, 1970), État de siège (L’amerikano, 1973), Section Spéciale (L’affare della sezione speciale, 1975), Claire de femme (Chiaro di donna, 1979), Missing (Missing - Scomparso, 1982), Hanna K. (id., 1983), Conseil de famille (Consiglio di famiglia, 1985), Betrayed (Betrayed - Tradita, 1988), Music Box (Music Box - Prova d’accusa, 1989), La petite apocalypse (La piccola apocalisse, 1992), Lumière et Cie (coregia/codirectors aa.vv., ep., cm, 1995), Mad City (Mad City - Assalto alla notizia, 1997), Amen. (id., 2002), Le Couperet (Cacciatore di teste, 2005), Eden à l’Ouest (Verso l’eden, 2009), Le capital (2012).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Costa-Gavras
soggetto/story
dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of same title by Vasilis Vasilikos
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Costa-Gavras, Jorge Semprún
fotografia/cinematography
Raoul Coutard
montaggio/film editing
Françoise Bonnot
scenografia/production design
Jacques D’Ovidio
costumi/costume design
Piet Bolscher
musica/music
Mikis Theodorakis
suono/sound
Sidi Boumedienne Dahmane, Jean Nény, Alex Pront
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Yves Montand (Z), Irene Papas (Hélène), Jean-Luis Trintignant (il giudice/judge), François Périer (il procuratore/prosecutor), Jacques Perrin (il fotoreporter/photoreporter), Charles Denner (Manuel), Pierre Dux (il generale/gen. Missou), Georges Géret (Nick), Bernard Fresson (Matt)
produzione/production
Valoria Films, Reggane Films, Office National pour le Commerce et l’Industrie Cinématographique


contatti/contacts
KG Productions
Léonie Bege
leonie@kgproductions.fr
www.kgproductions.fr

Synopsis Learn more

The military controls the puppet government of an unspecified country in the Mediterranean. The members of a pacifist left-wing movement are the only ones standing against the dictatorship. While they are organizing a protest, a rumor spreads that someone is going to try to assassinate their leader, a charismatic and determined man who brushes the threat aside and confirms his participation nonetheless. But on the day of the protest, the rumor turns true: a vehicle runs over the politician, who dies shortly thereafter in the hospital. According to the police, the accident was caused by a drunk driver. Clearly a cover up that the prosecutor intends to debunk, but the investigation will open his eyes on the actual state of his country. [rm]

Director All about direction

Costa Gavras

Costa Gavras

Costa-Gavras (Loutra-Iraias, Greece, 1933) started his career directing crime dramas and then shifted to political cinema to shine a critical light on the malpractices of dictatorships and their relations with major foreign powers. His political-themed masterpieces include: Un homme de trop (1967); Z (1969), nominated for two Academy Awards and winner of the Jury Award in Cannes; L’aveu (1970); État de siège (1972); and Section Spéciale (1975), which earned him Best Director in Cannes. His first Hollywood movie, Missing (1982), received a Golden Palm, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. He then directed a few more movies in the States, like Betrayed (1988); Music Box (1989), which won the Golden Bear; Amen. (2002), winner of the Berlinale Camera Award; and Eden à l’Ouest (2009).

Filmography:
Compartiment tueurs (Vagone letto per assassini, 1965), Un homme de trop (Il 13° uomo, 1967), Z (Z , l’orgia del potere, 1969), L’aveu (La confessione, 1970), État de siège (L’amerikano, 1973), Section Spéciale (L’affare della sezione speciale, 1975), Claire de femme (Chiaro di donna, 1979), Missing (Missing - Scomparso, 1982), Hanna K. (id., 1983), Conseil de famille (Consiglio di famiglia, 1985), Betrayed (Betrayed - Tradita, 1988), Music Box (Music Box - Prova d’accusa, 1989), La petite apocalypse (La piccola apocalisse, 1992), Lumière et Cie (coregia/codirectors aa.vv., ep., cm, 1995), Mad City (Mad City - Assalto alla notizia, 1997), Amen. (id., 2002), Le Couperet (Cacciatore di teste, 2005), Eden à l’Ouest (Verso l’eden, 2009), Le capital (2012).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Costa-Gavras
soggetto/story
dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of same title by Vasilis Vasilikos
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Costa-Gavras, Jorge Semprún
fotografia/cinematography
Raoul Coutard
montaggio/film editing
Françoise Bonnot
scenografia/production design
Jacques D’Ovidio
costumi/costume design
Piet Bolscher
musica/music
Mikis Theodorakis
suono/sound
Sidi Boumedienne Dahmane, Jean Nény, Alex Pront
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Yves Montand (Z), Irene Papas (Hélène), Jean-Luis Trintignant (il giudice/judge), François Périer (il procuratore/prosecutor), Jacques Perrin (il fotoreporter/photoreporter), Charles Denner (Manuel), Pierre Dux (il generale/gen. Missou), Georges Géret (Nick), Bernard Fresson (Matt)
produzione/production
Valoria Films, Reggane Films, Office National pour le Commerce et l’Industrie Cinématographique


contatti/contacts
KG Productions
Léonie Bege
leonie@kgproductions.fr
www.kgproductions.fr