ADULTS IN THE ROOM
North American Premiere | France / Greece | 2019 | Drama, Political Thriller | 124 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Costa-Gavras
Written by: Costa-Gavras
Based on the book by: Yanis Varoufakis
Cinematography: Yorgos Arvanitis
Film Editing: Costa-Gavras
Original Score: Alexandre Desplat
Produced by: Michèle Ray Gavras, Alexandre Gavras (KG Productions), Kostas Lampropoulos (View Master Films), Manos Krezias (Odeon), France 2 Cinéma, Wild Bunch
Cast: Christos Loulis (Yanis Varoufakis), Valeria Godino (Danae Stratou), Ulrich Tukur (Wolgang Schäuble), Alexandros Boudroumis (Alexis Tsipras), Vincent Nemeth (Michel Sapin), Josiane Pinson (Christine Lagarde),
International Sales: Elle Driver
Monumental filmmaker Costa-Gavras returns to familiar themes in this intricate political intrigue based on Greek economist and former Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis’ memoir of the same name. A Greek tragedy of the highest order, the film offers an insider’s view into the humanitarian crisis and dictatorship of austerity that entrapped the Greek people, and the brutal European tug-of-war that led to the 2015 Greek bailout referendum. Structuring his film like a thriller, Costa-Gavras, in his inimitable way, keeps you on the edge of your seat, all the while deftly offering keys to a complex political impasse, and revealing the human comedy playing out in those covert corridors of power.
Writer-director-producer Costa-Gavras was born in Greece in 1933. For political reasons, he moved to France to study law in 1951, eventually transferring to the IDHEC film school. He made his first feature, The Sleeping Car Murder (COLCOA 2009), in 1965. However, it was his third feature, the political thriller Z (1969), starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, that first brought him international acclaim, winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. His impressive body of work is known for both its hard-hitting political themes and his tight, compelling scripts. He has directed some 24 films in all, including The Confession (1970), State of Siege (1972), Hanna K. (1983), Betrayed (1988), Amen (2002), and Eden is West (COLCOA 2009). Missing (1982), which takes place during Pinochet’s bloody coup in Chile, snagged an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Music Box (1989), the story of a Hungarian immigrant accused of running a WWII death camp, won the Golden Bear in Berlin. Adults in the Room premiered at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, where Costa-Gavras was honored with its prestigious Glory to the Filmmaker Prize. The film premieres at COLCOA for the first time in North America prior to its French release on November 9.
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