Adults in the Room + Q&A

Costa Gavras

Adults in the Room by Costa Gavras is based on the book of the same name by the former Greek minister of finance, Janis Varoufakis. The film’s topics are the negotiations between him and representatives of the ECB and the ministers of the Euro-group in 2015 after the SYRIZA-party won under prime minister Alexis Tsipras. The film consciously provokes as a mix of satire and tragedy, the reason why it has barely been shown in Germany before. But here it fits right in: in Frankfurt, the home of the European Central Bank. Right now: in a time where the future is filmmaking should be reinvented with the ever-returning questions of freedom, power and money. Adults in the Room masterfully manages to portray the failure of democratic hope to structural power and to show that failure is not a good enough reason to not try and want more.

13. May 2022

19:30 h, Cantate-Saal – Volksbühne Im Großen Hirschgraben

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Direction Costa Gavras
Country Frankreich / Griechenland
Year 2019
Duration 124 min
Language Original with English Subtitles
Production Brahim Chioua, Michèle Ray-Gavras, Manos Krezias, Alexandre Gavras Kostas Lampropoulos
Cast Christos Loulis, Ulrich Tukur, Valeria Golino, Alexandros Bourdoumis, Josiane Pinson, Dimitris Tarlow, Daan Schuurmans, Christos Stergioglou, Aurélien Recoing, Vincent Nemeth, Cornelius Obony
Camera Giorgos Arvanitis
Script Costa-Gavras, Yánis Varoufákis
Editing Costa-Gavras, Lambis Haralampidis
Sound Nikos Papadimitriou, Daniel Sobrino, Edouard Morin, Marianne Roussy, Costas Varibobiotis
Music Alexandre Desplat

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Press Reviews

SIGHT & SOUND: “Adults in the Room navigates those treacherous political waters with great skill, condensinga labyrinthine political and economic situation into a thrilling soap opera.”

Yanis Varoufakis about his book

“Each of the persons I encountered and write about in these pages believed they were acting appropriately, but, taken together, their acts produced misfortune on a continental scale. Is this not the stuff of authentic tragedy?”



(in the presence of Costa-Gavras and Michèle Ray-Gavras)

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