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In the winter of 2017 HOME Manchester 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.

States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s is curated by Andy Willis, Professor of 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.

Programmed by HOME as part of BFI Thriller Season, Who Can You Trust? Presented with support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

All screenings will be introduced by Dr Pasquale Iannone (University of Edinburgh). Some introductions will feature BSL interpretation (tbc).


Buy any three (or more) films in this season and get 15% off
Buy any six (or more) films in this season and get 25% off
Buy any nine (or more) films in this season and get 35% off
These packages are available online, in person and on the phone, on both full price and concession tickets. Tickets must all be bought at the same time.

Man on the Roof

Bo Widerberg


110 mins

State of Siege



120 mins

The Day of the Jackal

Fred Zinneman


143 mins

The Mattei Affair

Francesco Rosi


116 mins



127 mins


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