With the Z of Costas Gavras begins – on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – the 9th Chania International Film Festival honoring the memory of Mikis



Chania Film Festival
, honoring the Memory of
Mikis Theodorakis
, chooses to premiere with an emblematic collaboration, which created one of the most important films of Greek cinema. The
Kostas Gavras
, based on the book of the same name by
Vassilis Vassilikos
and music by
Mikis Theodorakis

The screening is done in collaboration with the Greek Film Academy and is part of the synergy between the two Institutions, within the framework of the programme COUNTRY, I SEE YOU, which will host in Crete the Chania Film Festival. COUNTRY, I SEE YOU: a program of rescue, digitization, projection and study of films from the rich heritage of Greek cinema of the 20th century, in the context of the Celebration of the 200 years since the Greek Revolution.

The screening is supported by the

Pancretan Association of Friends of Mikis Theodorakis.

Z his Kostas Gavras | 1969 | 127’ | Production: Jacques Perrin, Ahmed Rachedi | Scenario: Jorge Semprun, Costa-Gavras (based on the novel by Vassilis Vassilikos) | Director of Photography: Raoul Coutard | Montage: Françoise Bonnot | Music: Mikis Theodorakis | Sets: Jacques D’Ovidio | Wardrobe: Piet Bolscher | Sound: Michèle Boëhm |


: Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant,

Irene Papa, Jacques Perrin, François Périer, Charles Denner, Pierre Dux, Georges Géret, Renato Salvatori, Bernard Fresson, Clotilde Joano.

Awards / Distinctions / Participation

in Festivals
: Academy Awards for Foreign Language Film, Best Editing. Nominated for another 3 Oscars (Best Film, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay). Jury Prize and Best Actor Award (Jean-Louis Tredinian), Cannes Film Festival 1969. Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. BAFTA for Best Music (Mikis Theodorakis). Nominated for 4 more BAFTA among which Best Film.

For the film

“Any resemblance to true events, to faces alive or dead, is intentional!” note the creators. The sincere rage that runs through Gavras’ classic political thriller becomes apparent in every frame, from credits to looks, from demonstrations to interrogations, and at every possible intermediate point. Based on the novel of the same name by Vassilis Vassilikos, which concerns the murder of EDA MP Grigoris Lambrakis by parastatals in the turbulent 60s for Greece, Z (read “lives”, from “lives, lives, lives” and not “zeta”) has as its starting point the attack on a political figure of the opposition (Yves Montan) and the immediate attempted cover-up, following the subsequent investigation by an investigator (Jean-Louis Tredinian) determined to bring the true facts to light. But what can be the price of truth in such a corrupt and politically unstable environment?

On a screenplay he wrote together with the later Minister of Culture of Spain, Jorge Sebrun, Costas Gavras weaves a thriller that raises the pulse not through exaggerations and cheap reversals, but by identifying political terror with meticulousness, through interrogations and through looks that never hide the truth. Through an incessant montage and the rapid compositions of Mikis Theodorakis, Gavras follows faces, processes and truths hidden in the shadows, completing a bold, vital portrait of the social impasse of the period, which finally captivated the global public.

It became only the second non-English-language film in history to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film.

The 9th Chania Film Festival and its Educational Programs

are under the auspices of:

of the Ministries

Culture and Sports

Education and Religious Affairs


and the

Greek National Tourism Organization

Supported by

The Hellenic Parliament

Supported by

The Delegation of the Europeans Committees in Greece

The Greek National Tourism Organization

The National Centre for Audiovisual Media and Communication

The Greek Film Center

are designed and implemented

by the Cultural Society of Crete,

are co-organized by

the Region of Crete, the Regional Unit of Chania,

the Cultural Center of Chania,

of the Municipalities of Chania and Platanias

of the CFSP-KAM

They are carried out with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

CFF9 Audience Awards are sponsored by Fisher


have the synergy of the most important actors

of Cinema, Culture and Education.

All the activities of the Chania Film Festival are free of charge and
access to people with disabilities is ensured.


Chania Film Festival / Chania Film Festival (CFF)

20 – 30 October 2021, at the Cultural Center of Chania

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Chania Film Festival / Chania Film Festival (CFF)