Adults in the Room (2019): Costa-Gavras Politically Charged Film

Costa-Gavras’ new film, Adults in the Room, a French-Greek production, is described as a human tragedy about a universal theme: how people become trapped in an inhuman network of power.

Based on a book of the same name by Yanis Varoufakis about the 2015 Greek bailout, it is Gavras’ first feature to be shot in Greece.

Adults in the Room world premieres out of competition at the 2019 Venice Film Fest.

At 86, Costa-Gavras is one of the most vet filmmakers in the world (Clint Eastwood is 90), with a rich body of work spanning half a century.

He is still best known for his brilliant, fact-based Oscar-winning political drama, Z, made exactly half a century ago.

Please read our original review of Z:


The new film depicts politics behind closed doors, the brutal circle of the Eurogroup meetings, which impose on Greece the dictatorship of austerity, where humanity and compassion are disregarded.

A claustrophobic trap with no way out, exerting pressures on the protagonists which divide them.

A contemporary tragedy in the mold of an ancient Greek tragedy, the tale concerns characters that cannot be defined by good or evil. Rather, they are products of social forces, and driven by the effects of their own conception of what it is right or wrong to co.