Greek-born French director, Costa-Gavras has been recognised for his “particularly original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema” at the Venice Film Festival, where his film 'Adults in the Room' also made its world premiere.
The Oscar winner was presented with the 'Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, a prize dedicated to personalities who have made a significant contribution to contemporary cinema.
His new film 'Adults in the Room', is a political thriller which provides an extraordinary account of events which occurred at the heart of Greece’s bailout negotiations in 2015, after SYRIZA took control.
The film is adapted from the book by former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
“There’s a lot of muddled politics in Europe, it has to clear itself up one day, not in the way it’s been clearing itself up over the past few years,” Costa-Gravas stated at the news conference.
86-year-old director Costa-Gavras is held in high esteem for his ability to make films which, while political and often polemic in theme, maintain a commercial element which can appeal to broad audiences.
In the film, Varoufakis is played by Christos Loulis, while former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is played by Alexandros Bourdoumis.
'Adults in the Room' premieres in Greek cinemas on October 3rd.