Costa-Gravas receives the Maria Adriana Prolo Award 2016

25 November 2016

The Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema (AMNC) is glad to confer, during this 34th Torino Film Festival, the Maria Adriana Prolo lifelong achievement award 2016 to Costa-Gravas, the master of political and social film.


The ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 26th at 4:00pm at Cinema Massimo 1, featuring a video laudatio by Riccardo Scamarcio, leading actor in Costa-Gravas' Eden is West.


Following, there will be the projection of Z (1965) the film by Costa-Gravas, which earned him the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969 and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1970. The film is a dramatic reconstruction of one of the episodes that will open the road to what will later become the “colonels' dictatorship,” which oppressed democratic freedom in Greece from 1967 to 1974. Considered to be one of the cornerstones of committed and political statement films, still today Z strikes for its rigor in reporting reactionary power drifts.


Also this year, the Associazione Mondo Niovo 18-24 ft/s's magazine, directed by Caterina Taricano, will dedicate to the award winner a monographic issue curated by Claudio Di Minno and Marco Mastino, featuring many reviews about Costa-Gravas' work as well as an unreleased interview with the director himself. Mondo Niovo 18-24 ft/s's publication is made possible thanks to private sponsors' support and that of Regione Piemonte. The Maria Adriana Prolo lifelong achievement award is an initiative curated by Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema in the context of its new project Nuovo Cinema Piemonte 2016, supported by Fondazione CRT.


Entry is free and subject to availability.



Named after Maria Adriana Prolo, founder of Museo Nazionale del Cinema, the award is a recognition assigned to particularly outstanding personae in the world of national and international film. In the past, the prize has been given to the directors Giuseppe Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Ugo Gregoretti, Giuliano Montaldo, Massimo Scaglione, Daniele Segre, Bruno Bozzetto, Lorenza Mazzetti, to the actors Roberto Herlitzka, Elio Pandolfi, Piera Degli Esposti, Lucia Bosè, Ottavia Piccolo as well as to the composer Manuel De Sica.


The protagonist of this fifteenth edition of the award is the internationally renowned director Costa-Gravas. Born in Greece in 1933, he moved to France in 1952. His debut as director was The Sleeping Car Murders (1965), but it is thanks to Z (starring  Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Irene Papas, Jacques Perrin e Renato Salvatori as well as Jorge Semprun as co-scriptwriter) that he reached success worldwide. The following movie, The Confession (1970), also featured the actress Yves Montand (together with Simone Signoret and Gabriele Ferzetti). In 1972 Costa-Gravas directed State of Siege and, after tackling the German occupation of France and Vichy with Section Spéciale (1975) and Womanlight's (1979) sentimental drama in which he goes back working with Yves Montand, Costa-Gravas will return to dealing with the “dangerous” relations between Latin America and the United States by directing Missing, which won the golden Palm for Best Film in Cannes in 1982. After working for a brief period in the United States, where he directed Betrayed (1988), Music Box (1989) and Mad City (1997), Costa-Gravas returned to Europe where he made Amen in 2002, together with Mathieu Kassovitz, which investigates the Vatican's attitude in front of the exterminations in Nazi concentration camps. During the last years the director has been directing for many important films in which he reflects upon some fundamental themes of our days: Immigration in Eden is West (2009) and the continuous tortures of capitalism in The Axe (2005) as well as in his new feature film Capital (2012).