A landmark political thriller, Costa-Gavras’s State of Siege reflected growing mistrust at US interventions overseas.
Yves Montand plays Philip Michael Santore, a CIA operative covertly advising the government of an unnamed pro-US Latin American country on torture techniques.
He is targeted by a militant guerrilla group and kidnapped to bargain for the release of political prisoners; the press seize on his abduction and it becomes a media sensation, leading inevitably to violence. The film acts as a critique of US sanctions for corrupt foreign dictatorships while questioning the use of violence to oppose such régimes.
Screening as part of the Trust No One season, May 13th to 30th at the Irish Film Institute. Click for more info.