Costa-Gavras

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French-Greek director, born in 1933 in Loutra-Iraias (Greece).

Forced to leave his native Greece owing to his father’s political views, Costa-Gavras came to study in Paris. He studied the humanities at the Sorbonne before attending the IDHEC, then became an assistant to René Clément, Jacques Demy and Jean Becker. He directed his first feature film, The Sleeping Car Murders, in 1965. His two subsequent films were huge successes: Z, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1969, and The Confession, based on Artur London’s book on the Prague trial. Committed to political cinema, he has continued his work between France and the United States, directing over a dozen feature films, including Special Section, Missing (Palme d’Or and Best Actor for Jack Lemmon in 1982), Hanna K, Music Box, Amen, The Axe and Capital. He has been the President of the Cinémathèque Française since 2007.

The sleeping car murders (1965) – Shock Troops (1966) – Z (1969) – The Confession (1971) – State of siege (1973) – Special Section (1975) – Womanlight (1979) – Missing (1981) – Hanna K (1983) – Family business (1985) – Summer Lightning (1987) – Music Box (1989) – The Little Apocalypse (1992) – À propos de Nice, la suite (segment Cancobales sur Jean-Marie le Pen à Nice) (1994) – Lumière and Company (1995) – Mad City (1997) – Amen (2001) – The Ax (2004) – Eden is West (2008) – Capital (2012)

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1h27min
Also recommended by Nabil Ayouch, Bertrand Blier, Luc Dardenne, Nadav Lapid, Cristian Mungiu
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1h49min
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3h20min
Also recommended by Christophe Gans, James Gray, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Cédric Klapisch, Jerry Schatzberg, John Woo
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2h9min
Also recommended by Bong Joon-ho, Arnaud Desplechin, Bertrand Tavernier
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1h27min
Also recommended by Alain Guiraudie, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Cristian Mungiu, Jerry Schatzberg, Joachim Trier, John Woo
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2h7min
Also recommended by Bong Joon-ho, Laurent Cantet, Catherine Corsini, Jacques Doillon, William Friedkin, James Gray, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Agnès Varda
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2h21min
Also recommended by Laurent Cantet, Claude Lelouch, Bruno Podalydès, Martin Scorsese, sa liste "alternative", Agnès Varda
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2h54min
Also recommended by Catherine Corsini, Robert Guédiguian, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Agnès Jaoui, Martin Scorsese
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1h45min
Also recommended by Bertrand Blier, Agnès Jaoui, Claude Lelouch
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2h
Also recommended by Laurent Cantet, Luc Dardenne, Agnès Jaoui, Gérard Krawczyk, Bruno Podalydès, François Truffaut
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1h59min
Also recommended by José Luis Guerín, Ira Sachs, Pierre Salvadori
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1h49min
Also recommended by Laurent Cantet, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Amat Escalante
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2h3min
Also recommended by Robert Guédiguian, Jerry Schatzberg, Martin Scorsese
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1h37min
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1h33min
Also recommended by Luc Dardenne, William Friedkin, Christian Petzold, Christian Rouaud, Bertrand Tavernier
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2h1min
Also recommended by Laurent Cantet, Lodge Kerrigan, Jerry Schatzberg
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2h32min
Also recommended by Nadav Lapid, Claude Lelouch, John Woo
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1h11min
Also recommended by Robert Guédiguian, Noémie Lvovsky, Patricia Mazuy, Cristian Mungiu
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2h10min
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2h5min
Also recommended by Jerry Schatzberg
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1h33min
Also recommended by James Gray, John Woo
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1h52min
Also recommended by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Noémie Lvovsky, Lynne Ramsay, Bertrand Tavernier
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1h27min
Also recommended by Bertrand Bonello, Catherine Corsini, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
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1h45min
Also recommended by François Ozon, Jerry Schatzberg
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2h22min
Also recommended by Naomi Kawase, Claude Lelouch, Christian Rouaud
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1h55min
Also recommended by Dario Argento, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Gérard Krawczyk
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2h8min
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1h52min
Also recommended by Bertrand Blier, Catherine Corsini, Miguel Gomes, Nadav Lapid, Bertrand Tavernier
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1h49min
Also recommended by Dario Argento, Bong Joon-ho, Amat Escalante, Pascale Ferran, William Friedkin, François Ozon, Martin Scorsese, sa liste "alternative"
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1h36min
Also recommended by Maren Ade, Nadav Lapid, Lynne Ramsay
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1h40min
Also recommended by Jacques Doillon, Robert Guédiguian, Christian Rouaud, Martin Scorsese, sa liste "alternative", Wim Wenders
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3h28min
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2h5min
Also recommended by Olivier Nakache et Éric Toledano, John Woo
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The director on The Battle of Algiers

The movie is a like a documentary that takes on reality in a very faithful way.

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