Costa-Gavras is a Greek-born French filmmaker, best known for films with overt political themes, most famously the fast-paced thriller Z (Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969). His filmography includes L’aveu (The Confession) in 1970, Etat de siège (State of Siege) in 1972, Section spéciale (Special Section) in 1975 (“Best Director Award” at the Cannes Film festival), Missing in 1982 (“Golden Palme” in Cannes, Oscar and BAFTA awards for the screenplay), Music Box in 1989 (“Golden Berlin Bear”), Amen in 2002 and Eden à l’Ouest (Eden is West) in 2009 and Le Capital (Capital) in 2012. In 2013, the Académie André Delvaux of Belgium awarded him the “honorary Magritte” of the year. In 2014, he was the jury president at the 40th Deauville American Film Festival. Costa-Gavras' last film, Adults in the Room (2019) is an adaptation of the book of the former Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis. He is currently developing a TV series with the French writer Marc-Levy.

Costa-Gavras held the presidency of la Cinémathèque française between 1982-1987 and was elected again in 2007 and continuously re-elected since then.