This gripping political thriller chronicles the assassination of liberal Greek politician Gregoris Lambrakis in 1963 and its cover up by military and government officials. The film is accompanied by a stirring score by Mikos Theodorakis, who was imprisoned at the time of the film’s production. With its kinetic, rhythmic editing and expressive vérité photography, the film is a technical masterpiece.
On its release, Z immediately became one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and was the first foreign film in 31 years to earn an Oscar nomination for best picture.
The screening will be introduced by Elena Papadaki – 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.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 127 mins
- France, Algeria
- Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant