Based on a true incident, the Deputy Z is struck down by a speeding truck while hundreds watch. Despite the report of accidental death, a journalist's questioning of the facts leads to an investigation.
1969 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1969 - Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film Winner
1969 - Cannes - Best Actor Winner
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 127
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 715515049313
- Genre: Foreign Video - French
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: October 2009
"Z" is a classic Cold-War political thriller, based on a true story. It concerns the assassination of Zei, a popular pacifist and anti-nuclear leader. The aftermath of the incident reveals a deeper government conspiracy with the subsequent fallout.
Filmed on location in Algeria. Was originally rated M by the MPAA, but was re-rated PG when the M rating was discontinued. Won the Jury Prize and Jean-Louis Trintignant won the Best Actor award at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Film Editing, Best Foreign Language Film.
"...The movie exhilarates with its blistering pace and extraordinarily corrupt villains..." - 06/28/2002 USA Today, p.4E
"Z is a pulse-pounding procedural that pieces together the murder of a left-wing youth leader....This is an amazing film..." -- Grade: A- - 10/29/2009 Entertainment Weekly
"It was the perfect film for the end of a turbulent decade, and eternally relevant to the brutal regimes that have popped up since." -- Grade: A- - 10/28/2009 Box Office