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 is currently working on Adults in the Room, a film adaptation of Yanis Varoufakis book.
After a five-year term in the 1980’s and a nine-year term that ended in 2016, Costa-Gravas was again appointed President of the Cinémathèque Française in June 2017.