Costa-Gavras Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Loutra-Iraias, Greece
Birth NameKonstantinos Gavras

Mini Bio (1)

Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Z (1969), Missing (1982) and Amen. (2002). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.

Family (3)

Spouse Michèle Ray-Gavras (1968 - present)  (2 children)
Children Julie Gavras
Romain Gavras
Relatives Penelope Spheeris (cousin)
Jimmie Spheeris (cousin)

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently casts David Clennon
Films about political or sociological subjects, that examine general problems in society.
His Films Often Examine A Socio-Political Situation Or Theme

Trivia (11)

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 243-248. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Member of 'Official Competition' jury at the 29th Cannes International Film Festival in 1976.
Has supported Lionel Jospin's 2002 presidential campaign.
When asked why he never chose the documentary style, when his stories seem so much like documentaries, he explained he found documentaries too difficult compared to fiction.
Father of Julie Gavras and Romain Gavras.
President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.
Has directed 3 actors to Oscar nominations: Jack Lemmon (Best Actor, Missing (1982)), Sissy Spacek (Best Actress, Missing (1982)), and Jessica Lange (Best Actress, Music Box (1989)).
He was twice President of the Cinémathèque française.
The creator and honorary president of the Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma.
Has said in an interview that he decided he wanted to be a film maker after seeing the film Greed (1924) (1924).

Personal Quotes (3)

I made Z (1969), first, because I am Greek-born. Secondly, because I felt I would like to do something. Some people sign petitions, others go to the streets - I do something as a filmmaker.
The best way to become completely crazy is to say, 'Okay we'll do a movie to change society'.
To make an American film is the dream of every European filmmaker.

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