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Filmmaker Costa-Gavras wins 29th Catalonia International Prize

The award recognises people whose creative work has made a decisive contribution to the development of cultural, scientific or human values

05/07/2017 15:07
Costa-Gavras

The Government of Catalonia presents the Catalonia International Prize to recognise people whose creative work has made a decisive contribution to the development of cultural, scientific or human values around the world. Konstantinos Costa-Gravras is the first filmmaker to receive this award with which the Jury, chaired by President Carles Puigdemont, recognises “films as one of the great forms of artistic representation”.

The award is to be presented on Monday, 17 July, at a ceremony at the Palau de la Generalitat. It comes with €80,000 in prize money and the sculpture ‘The Key and the Letter’ by Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies

Special free session at the Filmoteca

The Filmoteca de Catalunya is to join forces with the presentation of the Catalonia International Prize to Costa-Gavras by hosting a public discussion with the filmmaker about the historical and political implications of his work. Admission to the session is free.

Biography

Konstantinos Costa-Gavras was born in 1933 in Greece. Recognised as one of the finest contemporary filmmakers, he has won numerous awards including the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; a BAFTA award; the Berlin Festival Golden Bear; the Palme d’Or and Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival; a César Award as a screenwriter; and the Order of Arts and Letters of Spain. Costa-Gavras has also helped to preserve film heritage at the French Film Academy which he has chaired twice.

For the quality of his filmography and “his critical gaze on the world and his social commitment”

For the quality of his filmography and “his critical gaze on the world and his social commitment”