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MASTERS. Costa Gavras

You are invited to the first retrospective of Costa Gavras films in Poland!

Originating from Greece, Constantinos Gavras (born in 1933 in Lutra Ireas) is a brave and uncompromising director, multiple winner of such awards as the Oscar, Golden Palm, Golden Bear, or BAFTA. He created a new genre of action film — ‘political thriller’. Against any trends, for more than 40 years he has been consitently focusing on cinema of social unrest and rebellion. In his films he reveals mechanisms governing the world of politics, showing dictatorships and disastrous outcomes of mad ideologies.

In the 50s he tried to get to American ilm schools. Unsuccessfully — for political reasons, which directly affected his family even during the wartime occupation. To pursue a creative life he choose exile and moved to France, where he studied among others the Sorbonne in Paris and even collaborated with René Clair, Jacques Demy and René Clément.

Costa — real name Constantinos Gavras — made his debut in 1965 with a crime film The Sleeping Car Murders and just a few years later he created Z, a classic political thriller awarded with the Oscar, Golden Palm, or the BAFTA Award, regarded as a model for further genre films, such as JFK by Oliver Stone. His another one — Missing (1982) with Jack Lemmon’s brilliant perfomance — was also showered with awards. It touched upon sensitive subject of coup d’etat in Chile. The director was severely criticized by the local government, but also by the U. S. Department of State, because of the harshness of judgement presented in the film. Not for the first or the last time. However, it legitimizes the opinion on Gavras films which are considered as revolutionary and bold, while Gavras himself as an artist who is not afraid of fierce discussions on condition of contemporary world.

Gavras used to say that you can’t not get involved in politics. By not taking a position, you take a position. At the beginning of his artistic path he decided to express his opinion on the matter in a very precise manner and he has not changed his mind to this day.


  • 1965 Przedział morderców / The Sleeping Car Murder
  • 1969 Z
  • 1970 Zeznanie / The Confession
  • 1972 Stan oblężenia / State of siege
  • 1982 Zaginiony / Missing
  • 1988 Zdradzeni / Betrayed
  • 1989 Pozytywka / Music Box
  • 1993 Mała apokalipsa / La petite apocalypse
  • 1997 Miejski obłęd / Mad City
  • 2003 Amen
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