Z for Zachariah

Director: Craig Zobel
Screenwriters: Nissar Modi

Institute History

  • 2015 Sundance Film Festival


In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth meets a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another male survivor appears. As the two men compete for the woman's affection, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature.

This is director Craig Zobel's third feature to play at the Sundance Film Festival but his first in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. With his prior two films, he showed a commanding ability to find tension in the mundane and humanity in the horrific. In Z for Zachariah, he utilizes his full repertoire as a director, unleashing a forceful drama that searingly explores the nature of man . . . and woman. Boasting an exceptional cast whose impressive talents are on display, Z for Zachariah is a gripping tale that subverts expectations and works on many levels. —T.G.

— T.G.

Screening Details

  • Section: U.S. Dramatic Competition
  • Film Type: Narrative
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 95 min.
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