Costa-Gavras to head Berlin jury

Director lines up 'Eden Is West'

Helmer Constantin Costa-Gavras has been tapped to head the international jury at next year’s Berlin Film Festival.

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Costa-Gavras has become known for his highly political works, such as 1969’s “Z,” about the military’s coup d’etat in Greece, which won the foreign film Oscar in 1969; and 1982’s “Missing,” which starred Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek in a story inspired by the military overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende.

Latter pic won the Palme d’Or and actor kudos for Lemmon at Cannes and picked up an Oscar for screenplay.

In his 1988 Debra Winger starrer “Betrayed,” Costa-Gavras examined the inner workings of a racist, right-wing American terrorist group seeking to overthrow the U.S. government, while “Music Box,” starring Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jessica Lange in the story of an alleged war criminal, won the Golden Bear at the 1990 Berlinale.

In 2002, Costa-Gavras’ “Amen,” about the Vatican’s involvement with the Nazi regime, screened in competition in Berlin.

“His work is both social critique and high art,” said Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick.

Following the Berlinale, which runs Feb. 7-17, Costa-Gavras is set to start work on his next film in March. After nearly 40 years, the helmer will return to Greece to shoot “Eden Is West.”

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