Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Day seven at JDIFF

Last night I tramped on stage to chat with the great Costa-Gavras at the screening of his new film Le Capital. The Greek-born director is known for a series of superb political films beginning in 1969 with the savage thriller …

Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 17:41

   

Last night I tramped on stage to chat with the great Costa-Gavras at the screening of his new film Le Capital. The Greek-born director is known for a series of superb political films beginning in 1969 with the savage thriller Z. Later films included Missing and Betrayed. Alas, we didn’t have time to talk about his 2005 picture, Le Couperet based on Donald E Westlake’s great satirical thriller The Ax. Unsurprisingly, Costa balked at the notion that he was a “political” film-maker. All films are, he claims, political. This is certainly true. But, to paraphrase Eric Blair, some films are more political than others. Le Capital turns out to be a study of arrogant, megalomaniac bankers in the years following the great crash. It is as ¬†weary about late capitalism as we have come to expect from this director. Following the screening, Gabriel Byrne, who plays a particularly ruthless investor, presented Costa with a Volta Award for lifetime achievement. There can be no arguing with the decision to place a gong Gavras’s way.

Later tonight another Volta will be passed to Danny DeVito at the Savoy. As he reveals to Tara Brady in the paper today, O’Connell street is home territory for the DeVito clan. We salute you Louis De Palma!

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