Director Costa-Gavras Hits Back at Critics Over Greek Government Grant



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

Award-winning director Costa-Gavras said on Friday that he is “deeply insulted” by allegations of favoritism in receiving state funds to produce a film based on a book written by Greece’s controversial former Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis.

The Greek director, who has been awarded at the Cannes and Berlin Festivals and has received Oscar, BAFTA and César awards, said:

“I’ve been making films for fifty years. Some of my films have been judged as good, some others as bad. But, I have never been accused that I was funded by a government to promote its policy or its plans. It happened in Greece where I came to film for the first time.

“A section of the press of my country insults me deeply,” Costa-Gavras said in a statement to the Athens News Agency.

The director has been criticized for using tax-payers money amounting to €630,000 to make a film out of Varoufakis’ book “Undefeated Losers,” which was released in 2017.

Critics say that he should have instead tried to find sponsors.