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209 Ratings

State of Siege

État de siège

Directed by Costa-Gavras
Italy, West Germany, 1972
Drama, Thriller


Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay’s government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.

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State of Siege Directed by Costa-Gavras

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1974 | Winner: UN Award

1974 | Nominee: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Prix Louis Delluc

1972 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc

Golden Globes (USA)

1974 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1974 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Director

1974 | 3rd place: Best Film

Costa-Gavras structures the film around a series of massive, roving, rooftop-view tableaux of social militarisation, as the army and police scour the urban landscape for the insurrectionists; using real bystanders and routinely stretching for miles, it is realism not only in detail but in scale, the sense of an entire society churning and eating itself alive.
July 03, 2015
Anyone who can be bothered to dig beneath the surface quickly strikes his shovel against these grim, intractable bones, the ossified determinants of who holds power and who does not. Looming invisibly over the interrogation is Costa-Gavras, supremely aware that he wields in his lens a uniquely effective kind of shovel. Indeed, this to him is what the cinema is: "a way of showing, exposing the political processes in our everyday life.
May 27, 2015
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The movie’s release inspired outrage from the U.S. government, which insisted that its representation of America’s involvement in Latin America was pure fiction. If anything, though, State Of Siege is probably too circumspect. Certainly, there are no winners here.
May 27, 2015
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