MasterClass Costa-Gavras

in BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival

by Isabelle Danel

The french director was on the stage of the Petruzzelli Theatre for a fascinating one hour discussion with french critic Michel Ciment before a few minutes of question and answer from the (very large) public audience. From his childhood in Greece to his arrival in France when he was 20 years old; from his first steps as a 2nd assistant (for Jean Giono, René Clair and René Clément…) to his directorial debuts ("The Sleeping Car Murder/Compartiment tueurs", 1965), he made a simple but very human explanation of his learning years. Interested in the world, he explained the politics he was discussing with friends Simone Signoret, Yves Montand and Jorge Semprun, and the topics he chose to tell and to show in his films, like the Colonels in Greece in "Z", 1969, which became a mondial success; and the disapperance of a committed writer in 1970s Chile and the journey of a conservative father to approach this reality in the Palme d'Or Winner, "Missing" (1982)… Of his 18 movies, he said, "I'm not making a career, I'm shooting films. Each one comes from a passion. And each one is different."

MasterClass Costa-Gavras: Bari, Teatro Petruzzelli, March 23, 2015.

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in BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival by Isabelle Danel

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Jean-Jacques Annaud, the Tamer

in BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival by Pamela Biénzobas

We knew the filmmaker, the wide-eyed traveler, the lover of nature, literature and new techniques. In Bari, we had the chance to discover Jean-Jacques Annaud the performer, the histrionic, engaging entertainer who can charm an audience with his anecdotes about famous film stars on set, his experience working with animals, his personal souvenirs and his reflections on technical innovation in cinema. read more