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States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s

In the winter of 2017, HOME presents a season of nail-biting thrillers that expose the political tensions that reverberated across Europe in the 1970s. A decade when the social turmoil that marked the late 1960s gave way to a more strident politics that involved stark and sometimes violent contrasts between left and right. A decade that was scarred by the emergence of uncompromisingly radical groups such as the Red Army Faction and the Red Brigades.

In response to this charged moment a number of filmmakers across Europe turned to the format of the thriller. Stylish and enduringly popular with audiences, they saw it as the perfect vehicle through which to explore conspiracies, authoritarian regimes, and political violence.

Beginning with Costa-Gavras’ legendary Z (1969), States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s offers audiences the chance to discover or revisit some of the decade’s key works including: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975) and Illustrious Corpses (1976). Films that still influence the way in which politically engaged filmmakers approach their work and engage with popular forms and genres.

Curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME’s Senior Visiting Curator: Film. Produced by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Programme Manager: Film and coordinated by Jessie Gibbs, HOME Film team.

States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s is programmed by HOME as part of BFI THRILLER, a major season of classic and contemporary thrillers at BFI Southbank and at venues UK-wide. Presented with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s Tour Nov 2017 – Jan 2018
Do you run a venue or film society? Eleven films from the HOME programme are available to book for screenings taking place from Sat 4 Nov 2017 – Wed 31 Jan 2018. For more info about the available films and Events & Access Pitch Pot opportunities, email project@homemcr.org

Films are available to mix and match with the ICO’s BFI Thriller on Tour programme, for details visit the ICO website.

For full details of current tour venues, see below.

 

        

BFI Thriller