Film Studies

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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COSTA-GAVRAS

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 1980s.

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.

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