Costa-Gavras Making Film of Varoufakis’ Book

Former Greek Finance Minister Yannis Varoufakis. Photo: Eurokinissi/Giannis Panagopoulos, File)

ATHENS – Costa-Gavras, the Greek-French film director who lives and works in France, said he will turn a book by former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and his battles with Europe’s establishment into a movie.

Gavras directed the highly-charged 1969 political drama Z, a disguised treatment about the murder of  Greek politician Giorgos Lambrakis and likes provocative elements tied to political backgrounds.

Varoufakis’ book Adults in the Room, excoriated Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras for reneging on anti-austerity pledges and surrendering to the Troika of the European Union-European Central Bank-European Stability Mechanism by whacking workers, pensioners and the poor while playing up to his otherwise political enemies.

The pugnacious Varoufakis found himself isolated in meetings with his European Union peers in 2015 before being forced out by Tsipras because his finance minister wouldn’t go along with more austerity.

The film announcement came at the launching of the Greek edition of his book at the Technopolis center where Costa-Gavras’ intentions were delivered via a letter he sent for the event.

According to the letter, which Varoufakis posted on his website, the Greek-French film director said he felt inspired to turn the book into a movie after being “angered and enraged by the violence and indifference of the Eurogroup members, especially the German side, to the drama and unsustainable situation in which the people of Greece lived, and live.”

Greek writer Vassilis Vassilikos, author of Z, appeared and said the book was “written with blood,” and said it is the first time he’d presented a book that was not written purely for artistic merit, but rather a “non-fiction novel.”

Nikos Theocharakis, a close associate of Varoufakis during his tenure as finance minister, described his book as “deeply political” and said, “we all want to know what happened at that time and what the government’s attitude was,” said Kathimerini.

“At the same time, he described the creditors’ representatives as “extraordinarily mediocre” and “real liars,” but the almost-always outspoken Varoufakis said he’s done talking about what happened and his brief tenure.