Prior to the 8 p.m. June 17 screening of Capital Costa-Gavras will be interviewed by the screenwriter of the rightwing agitprop Zero Dark Thirty, which glorifies the CIA and justifies torture, as well as of the Iraq War movie The Hurt Locker. In 1969 Costa-Gavras’s classic Z — about the assassination of Greece’s peace candidate and the overthrow of the government by the Greek colonels — was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and won the Oscars for Best Foreign Film and Best Editing. Costa-Gavras went on to make many leftist films, such as 1972’s State of Siege, about South American urban guerrillas, and 1982’s Missing, with Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, about the aftermath of the U.S.-backed coup against Chile’s democratically elected socialist President, Salvador Allende. Sparks may fly as the filmmakers at the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum encounter one another at the LA Film Festival extravaganza. “And in this corner…!”In any case, the stylish, briskly paced Capital shows that at age 80, Costa-Gavras remains a master of political cinema and is at the top of his game.
“An Evening with Costa-Gavras,” followed by Capital, begins at 8 p.m., June 17 in Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 8.
Monday, 17 June 2013