Constantin Costa-Gavras

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
One of the most politically minded and passionate filmmakers of the late 20th century, Greek director Costa-Gavras assailed the forces of corruption, exploitation and power gone wrong in such celebrated films as "Z" ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1933 in Greece

Filmography

Director (22)

Eyewitness 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Capital 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Eden Is West 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Couperet 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Amen 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

A Propos de Nice, La Suite 1995 (Movie)

("Les Kankobales) (Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

The Minor Apocalypse 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Contre l'oubli 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Music Box 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Conseil de Famille 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Hannah K 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Missing 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Clair de Femme 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Section Speciale 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Etat de siege 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Confession 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Z 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Shock Troops 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sleeping Car Murders 1966 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (17)

Eyewitness 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Capital 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eden Is West 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Colonel 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Le Couperet 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amen 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Minor Apocalypse 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Conseil de Famille 1987 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Conseil de Famille 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hannah K 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Missing 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Clair de Femme 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Section Speciale 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Etat de siege 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Z 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shock Troops 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sleeping Car Murders 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (7)

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

French Family (Actor)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Gas Station Guy (Actor)

Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Tadzhik Highway Patrol (Actor)

Madame Rosa 1978 (Movie)

Ramon (Actor)

Les Deux Memoires 1973 (Movie)

(Voice)
Production Management (5)

Backfire 1965 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Banana Peel 1965 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Bay of Angels 1964 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

A Monkey In Winter 1961 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

All the Gold In the World 1961 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Producer (3)

Eden Is West 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tea in the Harem 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hannah K 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

("Cliff's Theme Song") (Song)
Other (2)

The Dancer Upstairs 2003 (Movie)

film excerpt("Etat de siege/ State of Siege" (France/1973)) (Other)

Tea in the Harem 1986 (Movie)

production stills (Production)

Biography

One of the most politically minded and passionate filmmakers of the late 20th century, Greek director Costa-Gavras assailed the forces of corruption, exploitation and power gone wrong in such celebrated films as "Z" (1969), "Missing" (1982) and "Music Box" (1989). Gavras' childhood, which saw his father - a hero for the Greek Resistance in World War II - stand accused of Communism by a totalitarian military junta, fueled the intensity of his best work, which took aim at global forces whom he considered conspiring to crush freedom of thought and liberty for the common man. He received Oscars for "Z" and "Missing," but found himself something of an outcast after 1983's "Hanna K." (1983), which was perceived as pro-Palestinian. Though his work was seen mostly in Europe after 1997, his best films preserved his status as a major figure in international cinema, and a staunch supporter of human rights.

Relationships

Michelle Ray

Wife
married in 1967

EDUCATION

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris
switched to IDHEC before completing degree

Milestones

2002

Engendered controversy in Europe with "Amen.", a drama about two men, real-life German soldier Kurt Gerstein and a fictionalized priest, who attempt to warn the world about the Nazis' plan to exterminate Jews during WWII

1997

"Mad City" disappeared quickly from theaters

1992

One of 30 French filmmakers who delivered their short pleas on behalf of people who had suffered human rights violations in the documentary "Lest We Forget"

1989

Reteamed with Eszterhas for "Music Box"

1988

First collaboration with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, "Betrayed"

1985

Acted in John Landis' "Spies Like Us", portraying a Tadzhic Highway Patrolman

1982

First US-produced film, "Missing"; won Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (shared with Donald Stewart)

1982

Took over directorship of Cinematheque Francais

1977

Film acting debut in "La vie devant soi/Madame Rosa"

1973

Made commericals for TV-Hachette

1968

Received two Oscar nominations (Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay) for "Z"

1965

Feature directing debut, "The Sleeping Car Murders"

1959

First feature as assistant director, Yves Allegret's "L'ambitieuse"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1995 Costa-Gavras received the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award for commitment to human rights. "It's a huge honor because I believe the organizations taking care of human rights are the people I completely trust more than any other ethical movement. The way they work, the reasons for which they do it; not for money or career, just for human rights." --Costa-Gavras to Daily News, June 16, 1995.

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"For a little Greek immigrant who came from nothing, I feel I've been extrememly lucky. I've been a director for 30 years, doing exactly what I want to do. I still can't believe it. I think one day someone will say it's all been a mistake." --Costa-Gavras in New York Post, October 29, 1997.

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