With Special Section, director Costa-Gavras turned his attention to events in France during World War II. When a German officer is killed, the Nazi occupying forces demand a quick response, threatening to kill 100 civilians. To appease them, a special court is created, presided over by a group of ambitious and subservient judges, with the aim of convicting a group of six men coldly used as scapegoats. Another of his engaging political films, Costa-Gavras was awarded Best Director at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival for Special Section.

This film is presented with the support of the Alliance Française de Manchester, the official centre for French language and Culture.


118 minutes

Translated title:
Section spéciale


Country of origin:
France, Italy and West Germany

Year of production:

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