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Costa-Gavras Series

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A very socially-engaged film maker and president of the French Film Library since 1980, Costa-Gavras is an icon of the 20th century and a tireless defender of human rights. His cinematographic work explores political events and contemporary history, and he is also master of the detective genre.

His first four films bear witness to his social commitment, but also to his eclecticism, and herald a new wave of political cinema. The film "Z" won two Oscars (for Best Film and Best Editing) and Jean-Louis Trintignant won the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

Costa Gavras’ cinema is made up of a family of faithful actors and collaborators, including Montand, Signoret, Piccoli, Semprun and many others. He influenced his era by adapting the authors of his time (Japrisot, Chabrol, London and Vassililikos).


  • Compartiment tueurs (1965), with  Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin…


  • Un homme de trop (1966), with Bruno Cremer, Charles Vanel, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jacques Perrin…


  •  Z (1968),  with Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Dux, Jacques Perrin…


  •  L’Aveu (1969), with Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Michel Vitold…