About

Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises troubling questions. Though it's too late to save Z's life, a postmortem examination suggests that the ruling party was behind his death. As the facts...

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Directed by

Costa-Gavras

Written by

Vasilis Vasilikos (Author)
Jorge Semprún (Author)

Runtime

127 minutes

Country

France, Algeria

Language

French

Tagline

He is alive!

Cast

Keywords

politics police assassination cia greece government cover-up rally magistrate right wing

Lists

#772 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#148 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Film Editing

Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar nomination for Best Director

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium