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Z

Z

A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by Galatée Films, KG Productions, Reggane Films

Release in France : 26/02/1969

    Synopsis

    In a country ruled by a fragile democracy where the police and the military are set on erradicating all threats from the political left, a member of the parliamentary opposition is murdered in the street right after leading a pacifist meeting. The official inquiry into the case is entrusted to a young judge who becomes aware that this was a political crime committed by two hired killers. To entangle things further, an ambitious journalist resorts to unorthodox means to pile up evidence against several members of an extreme right-wing party, while these in turn accuse police and army high officials.

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    Actors (29)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Galatée Films, KG Productions, Reggane Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    KG Productions

    Foreign production company :

    Office National Commerce Industrie Cinéma (ONCIC)

    French distribution :

    Valoria Films

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    International releases (5)

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Perrin

    Foreign Producer :

    Ahmed Rachedi

    Producer :

    Jacques Perrin

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean Nény

    Voice :

    François Chaumette

    Camera operators :

    Georges Liron, Jean Garcenot

    Editor :

    Françoise Bonnot

    Continuity supervisor :

    Annie Maurel

    Music Composer :

    Mikis Theodorakis

    Sound Mixer :

    Alex Pront

    Assistant Director :

    Philippe Monnier

    Author of original work :

    Vassilis Vassilikos

    Associate producers :

    Eric Schlumberger, Philippe d'Argila

    Screenwriters :

    Jorge Semprún, Costa Gavras

    Director of Photography :

    Raoul Coutard

    Production Manager :

    Hubert Mérial

    Sound Editor :

    Michèle Boehm

    Production Designer :

    Jacques D'Ovidio

    Stunt performer :

    Yvan Chiffre

    Still Photographer :

    Félix Le Garrec

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Crime/thriller, Drama

    Themes :

    Politics, Jail

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France (60.0%), Algeria (40.0%)

    Original French-language productions :

    Yes

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Algeria)

    Production year :

    1968

    French release :

    26/02/1969

    Runtime :

    2 h 5 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    34695

    Visa issue date :

    25/02/1969

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (3)

    Director

    News (3)

    Selections (9)

    BRIFF - 2020

    BRIFF (Belgium, 2020)

    Selection

    Costa-Gavras

    BIFF - 2009

    BIFF (South Korea, 2009)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Academy Awards - 1970

    Academy Awards (United States, 1970)

    Selection (4)

    Academy Award nomination for Best Director : Costa Gavras

    Nomination for Best Editing : Françoise Bonnot

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film : Costa Gavras

    Nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1969

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1969)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Awards (2)

    Academy Awards - 1970

    Academy Awards (United States, 1970)

    Awards (2)

    Oscar for Best Editing : Françoise Bonnot

    Academy Award for Best Foreign Film : Costa Gavras

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1969

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1969)

    Awards (2)

    Special Jury Prize

    Best Performance for an Actor : Jean-Louis Trintignant