Having cemented his reputation as a producer of electrifying political thrillers, State of Siege once again saw Costa Gavras call on the talents of Yves Montand. This time around Montand plays a U.S. official kidnapped by a group of urban guerrillas in Uruguay. Hoping to use the kidnapping to bargain for the release of political prisoners, the group soon face brutal retaliation from the government. Gavras’ film powerfully critiques U.S. involvement in Latin American politics whilst also asking tough questions about the capacity of violent revolutionary action to effect change.

Part of the retrospective States of Danger and Deceit: European Thrillers in the 1970s (presented by HOME / supported by the BFI). The full list of titles in the retrospective at LIFF 2017 is as follows: The Day of the JackalThe DeputyDon't Torture a DucklingThe FlightInvestigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionThe Lost Honour of Katharina BlumThe Man on the RoofThe Mattei AffairSeven Days in JanuaryState of SiegeZ.

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