Tuesday, October 08, 2013, 7 PM
COSTA-GAVRAS IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER
BAM Lepercq Space, Peter Jay Sharp Building
COSTA-GAVRAS two-time Oscar-winning director
Costa-Gavras, who was born in 1933 in Loutra Iraias, Greece, is a Greek-French filmmaker best known for his overt political themes and his rare talent to merge controversial political issues with the entertainment value of commercial cinema. In the five decades of his career as writer and director, Gavras has directed more than twenty-two feature films, many of which have explored similar themes, such as law and justice, oppression, legal and illegal violence, and torture. His most famous and widely renowned film is Z, which is about overthrowing the democratic government in his homeland, Greece. Gavras was nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Director, and the film won an Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film in 1969.
In 1982 Gavras won an Oscar® for Best Screenplay Adaption and the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Missing, starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, a dramatic feature about an American journalist who disappeared in the bloody coup led by General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Gavras has been nominated for and honored with several awards on the International Film Festival Circuit at Berlin, Cannes, Havana, Copenhagen, and Moscow.
Through popular media, Gavras has brought attention to international issues, some urgent and others merely problematic, and he has done this in the tradition of cinematic story-telling. His accounts of corruption in European and American powers that are often found in his films highlight problems buried deep in the structures of society. This theme is evident in his most recent film Le Capital (Capital), which is about the corruption of banks. The film stars Gad Elmaleh and Gabriel Byrne and will open in
the United States in the fall of 2013.
Paul Holdengräber is the director of Public Programs at the New York Public Library and Founder and Director of LIVE from the NYPL. Since joining the Library in 2004, Holdengräber has been responsible for hundreds of LIVE events, all open to the public. His programs have become known nationwide for providing a forum in which audiences can engage with some of the world’s most influential public figures, including writers, historians, artists, politicians, Supreme Court Justices, former US Presidents, Nobel laureates, and many others. Holdengräber is known for encouraging his guests to step outside their areas of specialization and into wider-reaching discussions.
Participating speakers have included Marina Abramovic, André Aciman, Madeleine Albright, Paul Auster, Daniel Barenboim, Matthew Barney, Harry Belafonte, Tina Brown, Ken Burns, Bill Clinton, Graydon Carter, Van Cliburn, Don DeLillo, Jeffrey Eugenides, Shepard Fairey, Jonathan Franzen, Thomas Friedman, Peter Gelb, Werner Herzog, Umberto Eco, Frank Gehry, Adam Gopnik, Christopher Hitchens, Jay-Z, Eric Kandel, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Rem Koolhaas, Spike Lee, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Norman Mailer, Frank McCourt, Toni Morrison, Bruno Racine & Paul LeClerc, Keith Richards, Ed Ruscha, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Oliver Stone, Colm Tóibín, Orhan Pamuk, E. O. Wilson, Robert Wilson, and many others.
Prior to moving to New York, Paul Holdengräber was the founder and director of the Institute for Art and Cultures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Holdengräber earned his B.A. from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Getty Research Institute and has taught at Princeton University, Williams College, the University of Miami, and Claremont College. He was a Fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, a Board Member at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. He is on the Board of Directors of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, and is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. Fluent in four languages, Dr. Holdengräber has written essays and articles for journals in Europe and the United States. He has been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2003), and the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art (2010).
1965: Compartiment Tueurs (The Sleeping Car Murders). Director and screenwriter. Adapted from Sébastien Japrisot’s novel. Starred Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jacques Perrin, Catherine Allégret, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Louis Trintignant. Made possible by the support of Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. Ranked as one of the best films of the year after its release in the United States.
1967: Un Homme de Trop (Shock Troops). Director and screenwriter. Adapted from Jean-Pierre Chabrol’s book. Starred Michel Piccoli, Jean-Claude Brialy, François Périer, Charles Vanel, Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer, Claude Brasseur.
1969: Z. Director. Co-screenwriter with Jorge Semprún. Adapted from Vassilis Vassilikos’s book. Starred Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Irène Pappas, Pierre Dux, Jacques Perrin, François Périer, Julien Guiomar. Received two awards at the Cannes Film Festival: Prix Spécial du Jury, à l’Unanimité (Jury’s Special Award, voted for unanimously) and Prix d’Interprétation (Award for Best Actor) for Jean-Louis Trintignant. Received New York Film Critics Circle Award and two Oscars® (out of five nominations).
1970: L’Aveu (The Confession). Director. Co-screenwriter with Jorge Semprún. Adapted from Artur and Lise London’s book. Starred Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Michel Vitold, Antoine Vitez, Gabriele Ferzetti.
1973: État de Siège (State of Siege). Director. Co-screenwriter with Franco Solinas. Starred Yves Montand, Jacques Weber, Jean-Luc Bideau. Received Louis Delluc Prize.
1975: Monsieur Klein. Co-screenwriter with Franco Solinas. Directed by Joseph Losey.
1975: Section Spéciale (Special Section). Director. Co-screenwriter with Jorge Semprún. Adapted from Jacques Villeret’s book. Starred Louis Seigner, Pierre Dux, Michel Galabru, Claude Piéplu, Michel Lonsdale, Jacques Perrin, Yves Robert, Bruno Cremer. Received Prix de la Mise en Scène (Award for Best Director) at the Cannes Film Festival.
1977: Le Cormoran. Co-screenwriter with Franco Solinas. Film not made.
1979: Clair de Femme (Womanlight). Director and screenwriter. Adapted from Romain Gary’s novel. Starred Romy Schneider, Yves Montand.
1981: Missing. Director. Co-screenwriter with Donald Stewart. Starred Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, John Shea. Received two awards at the Cannes Film Festival: the Palme d’Or and the Prix d’Interprétation (Award for Best Actor) for Jack Lemmon. Received Writers Guild of America Award. Won an Oscar® for Best Screenplay and was nominated in three more categories.
1983: Hanna K. Director. Co-screenwriter with Franco Solinas. Starred Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne.
1985: Conseil de Famille (Family Business). Director and screenwriter. Adapted from Francis Ryck’s novel. Starred Fanny Ardant, Johnny Hallyday, Guy Marchand.
1987: Betrayed. Director. Script by Joe Eszterhas. Starred Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard.
1989: Music Box. Director. Script by Joe Eszterhas. Starred Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frédéric Forrest. Received Golden Bear Award at the 1990 Berlin International Film Festival. Oscar® nomination for Jessica Lange.
1992: La Petite Apocalypse (The Little Apocalypse). Director. Co-screenwriter with Jean-Claude Grumberg. Adapted from Tadeusz Konwicki’s novel. Starred André Dussollier, Pierre Arditi, Anna Romantowska.
1994: Il Mondo della Luna. Director. Opera by Joseph Haydn, libretto by Carlo Goldoni. San Carlo Theater, Naples.
1994: À Propos de Nice, La Suite. Director of one episode (Cancobales about Jean-Marie Le Pen in Nice).
1995: Lumière et Compagnie (Lumière & Co). Along with other directors, made one-minute film under the same conditions as the Lumière Brothers.
1995–96: With Death and Light Continually. Director. Musical show at the Megaron Theatre in Athens.
1996–97: Mad City. Director. Starred John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman (Warner Bros).
2000: Mon Colonel. Screenwriter. Adaptation of Francis Zamponi’s novel.
2002: Amen. Director. Co-screenwriter with Jean-Claude Grumberg. Adapted from Rolf Hochhuth’s theater piece “The Representative.” Starred Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe. Awarded Best European Film for 2002 by the Foreign Press Association in Italy and in France. Received Award for Best Screenplay 2002 by César Paris.
2003: Parthenon: All Around Is Light. Art director. Opera in collaboration with the American Ballet Theatre, New York. Also a short film in 3D about the history of the Parthenon.
2004: Le Couperet (The Ax). Director. Co-screenwriter with Jean-Claude Grumberg. Adapted from Donald Westlake’s novel. Starred José Garcia, Karin Viard, Ulrich Tukur, Olivier Gourmet.
2008: Eden à l’Ouest (Eden is West). Director. Co-screenwriter with Jean-Claude Grumberg. Starred Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Tukur, Eric Caravaca.
2012: Le Capital (Capital). Director. Co-screenwriter with Jean-Claude Grumberg and Karim Boukercha. Adapted from Stéphane Osmont’s novel. Starred Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Natacha Régnier, Céline Sallette, Liya Kebede, Hippolyte Girardot, Bernard Le Coq, Daniel Mesguich.
Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan