Directed by Costa-Gavras (France/Algeria, 1969, 127 min.). In Russian and French with English subtitles. 35mm.

A pulse-pounding political thriller, Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner—loosely based on the 1963 assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis—stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the tenacious magistrate who’s determined not to let them get away with it. Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard’s expressive vérité photography, and Mikis Theodorakis’s unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece.

“It will make you weep and will make you angry. It will tear your guts out.” — Roger Ebert

Followed by a discussion with Dia Philippides (Classics Department, Boston College); Vassiliki Rapti, PhD. (Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College) and John Michalczyk (Director of Film Studies Program, Boston College; author of Costa-Gavras: The Political Fiction Film)

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