Director Costa-Gavras Receives Grant To Take Varoufakis Book to Silver Screen



Costa-Gavras (L) and former Greek Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis

The Greek-French director Costa-Gavras secured recently a public grant from the Greek state of €630,000 to produce a film based on a book written by Greece’s controversial former Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis.

Gavras intends to make a film out of Varoufakis’ book “Undefeated Losers,” which was released in 2017.

The English version of the book is named ”Adults in the Room” and deals with Varoufakis’ personal experiences during the six months he served as the country’s finance minister in 2015.

This period was the most turbulent phase of the Greek financial crisis, as it was the time when the (then) newly-elected government of Alexis Tsipras tried to oppose the austerity measures imposed on Greece by its creditors.

Greece came to the edge of actually exiting the Eurozone in July of that year, when Varoufakis finally resigned, one day after the historic referendum of July 5, 2015.

Gavras now plans to bring the tense drama of all these months onto the big screen, presenting Varoufakis’ version of the events which shaped Greece’s fate in the European Union.

The renowned director has already began shooting the film, the budget for which is approximately two million euros.

Costa-Gavras is known for films with overtly political themes, such as the thriller “Z,” which was filmed in 1969 and based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Vassilis Vassilikos.