1st December 2005
POLITICAL DRAMA PLAYED OUT AT THE UNIVERSITY
Charles, an American activist, was one of the first to be seized, tortured and murdered in the first days of the Pinochet dictatorship, following the US-backed coup in 1973.
Directed by Constantine Costa-Gavras, this tense political drama tells the story the search for Charles who has been a thorn in the side of the country’s Military ever since his arrival and who has suddenly disappeared.
His wife Beth, played by Sissy Spacek, tries to find out what has happened to him but is stonewalled not only by the ruling military government but also by the American consulate.
His father Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon) of conservative background joins with his daughter-in-law Beth in her search.
Beth like her husband is politically polarized from the father, who refuses to entertain the notion that his son’s disappearance might be part of a larger conspiracy or cover-up.
Eventually as the search goes Ed comes to realize that he and his family have been betrayed by the American government, on behalf of the ruling South American dictator.
‘Missing’ won the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek) and Best Picture. The film also won the 1982 Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film which is open to all will be shown in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Monday 5th December.
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Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer
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