France, Greece

Synopsis

Behind closed doors, a human tragedy plays out. A universal theme, a story of people trapped in an inhuman network of power. The brutal circle of the Eurogroup meetings, imposing on Greece the dictatorship of austerity with utter disregard for humanity and compassion. A claustrophobic trap with no way out, exerting pressure on the protagonists and finally dividing them. A tragedy in the Ancient Greek sense: the characters are not good or evil, but driven by the consequences of their own conception of what it is right to do. A tragedy for our very modern times.

Director's Biography

Costa-Gavras was born on 13 February 1933 in Loutra-Iraias (Greece).
At the age of 22, he left Greece as an economic migrant to study in Paris. He enrolled at Sorbonne University before being admitted to the National Institute of Film (IDHEC). After graduating, he worked as assistant director alongside such eminent French directors as René Clair, René Clement, Henri Verneuil, Jacques Demy, Marcel Ophüls, Jean Giono and Jean Becker.
In 1965 he directed his first feature film, COMPARTIMENT TUEURS. His subsequent films were huge successes: Z, won two Oscars in 1969, two awards at the Cannes Film festival and dozens more elsewhere. Through his political films, Costa-Gavras has tackled burning issues of the era while working between France and the United States.
Costa-Gavras has been married to Michèle Ray since 1968. They have three children: Alexandre, Julie and Romain. Alexandre is a film producer. Julie and Romain are film directors. In 2018 Costa-Gavras published his autobiography “Va où il est impossible d’aller”.
Since 2007, he has been President of the Cinémathèque Française.

FILMOGRAPHY:
2019 ADULTS IN THE ROOM
2012 LE CAPITAL
2008 EDEN A L’OUEST
2004 LE COUPERET
2001 AMEN
2000 MON COLONEL (as co-screenwriter)
1997 MAD CITY
1995 LUMIERE ET COMPAGNIE
1994 A PROPOS DE NICE, LA SUITE
1992 LA PETITE APOCALYPSE
1991 CONTRE L’OUBLI
1989 MUSIC BOX
1987 BETRAYED
1985 CONSEIL DE FAMILLE
1983 HANNA K
1981 MISSING
1979 CLAIR DE FEMME
1975 SECTION SPECIALE
1975 MONSIEUR KLEIN (as co-screenwriter)
1973 ÉTAT DE SIEGE
1971 L’AVEU
1969 Z
1967 UN HOMME DE TROP
1965 COMPARTIMENT TUEURS
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Costa-Gavras

Written by: Costa-Gavras

Produced by: Michèle Ray-Gavras, Alexandre Gavras

Cinematography: Yorgos Arvanitis

Editing: Costa-Gavras, Lambis Haralambidis

Costume Design: Agis Panagiotou

Make-Up & Hair: Ioanna Lygizou, Giannis Pamoukis, Sotiris Paterakis, Isabelle Vernus

Original Score: Alexandre Desplat

Sound: Nikos Papadimitriou, Marianna Roussy-Moreau, Costas Varibopiotis, Edouard Morin, Daniel Sobrino

Visual Effects: Benoît Maffone

Main Cast: Christos Loulis (Yanis), Alexandros Bourdoumis (Alexis), Ulrich Tukur (Ulrich Tukur) (Wolfgang), Daan Schurmans (Jeroen), Valeria Golino (Dea), Josiane Pinson (Christine)

Casting: Jina Jay, Jessie Frost, Makis Gazis, Marie France Michel

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2020