August 25, 1988 |
"This is not a controversial film," said an emphatic Tony Thomopoulos, chairman and chief executive officer of United Artists. Sounding like a man who didn't want a battle like the one over "The Last Temptation of Christ" on his hands, Thomopoulos added: "This is a very powerful, moving film. The first time I saw it I was emotionally drained. This is the kind of film that you go home and think about for a week."
January 8, 1990 |
Though he's lived in Paris since the age of 19, Greek-born director Constantin Costa-Gavras can't escape the tragic tradition. "That's the problem with Greeks," he says in heavily accented English. "There's this extraordinary weight behind us--borne of the light, the landscape, the food, Mediterranean passions. It's a weight but also wings. It can go either way. My wings are made out of metal. They're very, very heavy." Those who have followed Costa-Gavras' 25-year career would tend to agree.
January 21, 2007 |
COSTA-GAVRAS is a master of politically charged cinema, with films that are often thinly disguised fictionalized versions of ripped-from-the-headline stories with a strong liberal bent. Over the last four decades, he's taken on conservative regimes in his native Greece, as well as in Uruguay and Chile. He's explored Nazi war criminals living a covert existence in America and the white separatist movement. His political activism comes easy to him.
November 8, 1997 |
In his long career as a politically conscious filmmaker, Costa-Gavras has studied the ways of military dictators, assassins, clandestine intelligence operatives, war criminals and neo-Nazi extremists. But his new film took him into an even more unnerving terrain--the world of local TV news.
May 1, 2013 |
"Only God Forgives," Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to "Drive", will have its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month. Starring Ryan Gosling as an American expat living in Bangkok, Thailand, the film joins the critically acclaimed "Fruitvale Station" as one of two Gala screenings for the festival, which runs June 13-23 at L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas downtown. "The Way, Way Back," a comedy starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell, will close the festival.
August 5, 2009 |
Greece's new Acropolis Museum said Tuesday that it would restore references to early Christians vandalizing the ancient Parthenon temple, which were deleted from a film shown to visitors for fear of angering the country's powerful Orthodox Church. The decision last month to delete the short segment angered the film's creator, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Costa-Gavras, and was criticized in the Greek press as an act of censorship. The controversy came just over a month after the opening of the new museum.