This epic political thriller is a semi-fictionalized account of the assassination of progressive Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis, which took place in 1963. On its release in 1969, it paved the way for political cinema in France.
An all-star cast is led by Jean-Louis Trintignant, who plays the magistrate. Through his investigation, he uncovers and highlights the complicity of the government, the army, and the police. Speaking out stridently against the injustices of the Greek regime, “Z” is also an award-winning thriller – rhythmic and breathless, it allows space for the spectacle and the spectator.
“Z” was the first film — and one of only a handful — to be nominated at the Academy Awards in both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film categories. It won the latter, as well as the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.