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May 26
Film Series
POSTPONED | The Confession Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

Film Series: Costa-Gavras - POSTPONED

// Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy has decided to postpone the first two events. \\

 

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is proud to present a series of four powerful and cinematic works by Franco-Greek director Costa-Gavras.

As a prolific filmmaker and the president of the Cinémathèque française since 1980, Costa-Gavras is both an icon of the twentieth century and a committed defender of human rights. His cinematic work not only explores political events and contemporary history, but also showcases his command of the crime genre. These first four films, in their restored versions, serve as a clear testament to his mastery. 

Z

1969 | France/Algeria | 125 min.

April 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

 Z is the third feature film by filmmaker Costa-Gavras and first in his political trilogy, which includes The Confession and State of Siege. It is the adaptation of the eponymous novel by Vasillis Vassilikos, based on a real event: the assassination in 1963 in Thessaloniki Greek deputy Grigoris Lambrakis. Z bears witness to Costa Gavras' social commitment, but also to his eclecticism, and heralds a new wave of political cinema. The film "Z" won two Oscars (one for Best Film and another for Best Editing), while Jean-Louis Trintignant won the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

The Sleeping Car Murders  (Compartiments tueurs)

1965 | France | 135 min.

April 28 | 7:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

In an adaptation of Sébastien Japriso's book, a passenger on a sleeping car going from Paris to Marseilles is found strangled. Soon after, other passengers from the same compartment are assassinated. At the judiciary police station, detective Grazziani and his partner Jean-Lou Gabert are tasked with quickly putting this wave of crime to an end. In a mysterious addition, the killer is faster than the police in finding his targets, the remaining five occupants of the compartment.

Shock Troops (Un homme de trop)

1967 | France/Italy | 110 min.

12 May | 7:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Adapted from a book written by Jean-Pierre Chabrol. In 1943, in a France now entirely surrendered to the occupier, twelve resistance fighters awaiting execution in a small Auvergne town were released by brothers-in-arms at the end of a bitter fight. Returning victorious to their base, they discover that one extra man has slipped in among the twelve survivors. Hounded by the Nazis, they do not know what to do with this mystery. Is the extra a spy? Should he be eliminated or allowed follow the group? Does he put the resistance in danger? As they try to escape, the fighters must decide on the fate of this man.

The Confession (L'Aveu)

1970 | France/Italy | 136 min.

26 May | 7:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Anton Ludvik, who is played by Yves Montand in a heartrending performance, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. One day, he is arrested, thrown into jail, tortured, and made to confess to treason. Based on the true story of Artur London and skillfully written by Jorge Semprun, The Confession is a plea against every form of totalitarianism.

 

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