The Showroom’s Film Studies programme is open to everybody interested in film, with alternate screenings and discussions led by film lecturers from Sheffield Hallam University every Wednesday. The terms are 8 weeks long, with 4 films and 4 sessions.
£65 / £50 concessions for the full term. Tickets for the whole term can be booked at the Box Office. Tickets are also available for the films individually.
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For nearly fifty years the Greek-born Constatin Costa-Gavras
has been one of the world's leading political filmmakers. Although he has produced
most of his films in France, and is a naturalised French citizen, his films are
set and shot in a variety of international locations and deal with contemporary
political issues often by depicting actual events. His films almost always court controversy and cause outrage from the
governments of the countries in which they are set or the prganisations that
they deal with.
Costa-Gavras first came to international attention with Z in 1969, a film set in a
thinly-disguised Greece under the martial rule of the military junta referred
to as 'The Colonels'. The film was an enormous international success and went
on to win Academy Awards and Golden Globes for Best Film. More films followed;The Confession in 1970 and State of Siege in 1972. Although seen as
a left-wing filmmaker, he has not shied away from showing how abuses of power
occur across the political spectrum:The
Confession, for instance,being
the story of Artur London, a Czech minister imprisoned and tortured on the
orders of the Kremlin.
It is something of a surprise then that such a committed and
uncompromising director would also find success in Hollywood, but with his
first American-backed film, Missing
(1982) Costa-Gavras again received international awards that led to him making
a string a string of successful political thrillers in the USA during the
This season of films will look at four films that deal with corruption
and injustice manifesting themselves in different ways: US support for
right-wing regimes in Latin America in Missing;
financial malfeasance in international banking inLe Capital; American involvement in torture and political
suppression in Uruguay inState of Siege
and the struggle to find the truth about how an opposition leader was
assassinated by military dictators in Z.
Few directors have made such a consistently focussed group
of films and in these politically febrile times it seems particularly
appropriate to look back at the politically-charged thrillers that are the
trademark of the cinema of Constantin Costa-Gavras.