Costa-Gavras Biography (1933-)

Full name, Konstantin Costa-Gavras; original name, Kostantinos Gavras; born February 12, 1933, in Athens (some sources say Loutra-Iraias), Greece; naturalized French citizen, 1956; married Michele Ray (a journalist), 1968; children: Alexandre, Helene, Romain. Career: Director, producer, and screenwriter. Cinematheque Francaise, president, 1982--. Worked as a ballet dancer andas an assistant to film directors Yves Allegret, Jacques Demy, Marcel Ophuls, Rene Clair, Jean Giorno, and Rene Clement. Involved with K. G. Productions.Awards, Honors: Moscow Film Festival Award, 1966, for Un homme detrop; New York Film Critics Award, best director, Jury Prize, Cannes International Film Festival, Academy Award nominations, best director and best screenplay based on material from another medium (with Jorge Semprun), and Raoul-Levy Prize, all 1969, for Z; Louis Delluc Prize, 1973, for Etat de siege; Best Director Award, Cannes International Film Festival, 1975, for Section speciale; Academy Award (with Donald Stewart), best screenplay, Golden Palm Award, Cannes International Film Festival, Writers Guild ofAmerica Screen Award (with Donald Stewart), Writers Guild of America Award, best dramatic screenplay based on material previously produced or published, and Golden Globe Award nominations, best director of a motion picture and bestscreenplay (with Donald Stewart), all 1982, for Missing; Golden Berlin Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, 1990, for Music Box; French Legion of Honor, named a commander of Arts and Letters of France and nameda chevalier. Addresses: Agent: John Ptak, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
French
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Birth Details
February 12, 1933
Athens, Greece

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • Assistant director, La baie des anges (also known as Bay of Angels and Bay of the Angels), Pathe, 1962
  • Assistant director, Le jour et l'heure (also known as The Day and the Hour, Today We Live, and Il giorno e l'ora),Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Assistant director, Les felins (also known as Joy House andThe Love Cage), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964
  • Compartiment tueurs (also known as The Sleeping Car Murderand The Sleeping Car Murders), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • Un homme de trop (also known as Shock Troops), United Artists, 1967
  • Z, Cinema V, 1969
  • L'aveu (also known as The Confession), Paramount, 1970
  • Etat de siege (also known as State of Siege, L'amerikano, and Der Unsichtbare Aufstand), Cinema V, 1972
  • Section speciale (also known as Special Section and L'affare della sezione speciale), Universal, 1975
  • Clair de femme (also known as Womanlight, Chiaro di donna, and Die Liebe einer Frau), Atlantic Releasing, 1979
  • Missing, Universal, 1982
  • And producer, Hanna K., Universal, 1983
  • Family Business (also known as Family Council and Le conseil de famille), European Classics, 1986
  • Betrayed, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Summer Lightning (also known as Sundown), 1988
  • Music Box, TriStar, 1989
  • Segment of the film Z, Splendor, Cecchi Gori, 1989
  • Contre l'oubli (also known as Against Oblivion, LestWe Forget, and Ecrire contre l'oubli), Amnesty International,1991
  • La petite apocalypse (also known as The Little Apocalypse and La piccola apocalisse), K. G. Productions, 1993
  • Lumiere et compagnie (also known as Lumiere and Company andLumiere y compania), Fox Lorber, 1995
  • "Les Kankobales," A propos de Nice, la suite, 1995
  • Mad City, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Film Appearances
  • Ramon, Madame Rosa (also known as A Life Ahead and La vie devant soi), Atlantic Releasing, 1977
  • Tadzhik highway patrol officer, Spies Like Us, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Person at gas station, The Stupids, New Line Cinema, 1996
  • Himself, Enredando sombras, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia,1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe, Cinemax, 1991
  • Stage Work
  • Director; Operas
  • Il mondo dela luna, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • (With Sebastien Japrisot) Compartiment tueurs (also known as The Sleeping Car Murder and The Sleeping Car Murders), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • Un homme de trop (also known as Shock Troops), United Artists, 1967
  • (With Jorge Semprun) Z, Cinema V, 1969
  • (with Franco Solinas) Etat de siege (also known as State of Siege, L'amerikano, and Der Unsichtbare Aufstand), CinemaV, 1972
  • Section speciale (also known as Special Section and L'affare della sezione speciale), Universal, 1975
  • Clair de femme (also known as Womanlight, Chiaro di donna, and Die Liebe einer Frau), Atlantic Releasing, 1979
  • (With Donald Stewart) Missing, Universal, 1982
  • (With Franco Solinas) Hanna K., Universal, 1983
  • The au harem d'Archimede (also known as Tea in the Harem), M and R Films, 1985
  • Family Business (also known as Family Council and Le conseil de famille), European Classics, 1986
  • Summer Lightning (also known as Sundown), 1988
  • Segment of the film Z, Splendor, Cecchi Gori, 1989
  • La petite apocalypse (also known as The Little Apocalypse and La piccola apocalisse), K. G. Productions, 1993
  • "Cliff's Theme Song," Mad City, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Other Writings
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Cahiers de la Cinematheque,Cineaste, Film Comment, Films and Filming, Independent, Take One, and Time Out.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors/Filmmakers, St. James Press (Chicago, IL), 1991.
    Periodicals:
    • American Film, March 1982, .
    • Cineaste, Volume 12, number 1, 1982.
    • Film Comment, /April, 1982.
    • Image et Son, December 1977, .
    • Jeune Cinema, November 1983, .
    • New Perspectives Quarterly, fall, 1995, pp. 4-8.
    • Sight and Sound, summer, 1984.*

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