Acclaimed French-Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras is the Guest of honor at the Cannes Film Festival (May 13 – 24), where he received a standing ovation at an official screening of a restored version of his 1969 political thriller “Z” (18.5)

Greek Alternate Minister for culture Nikos Xydakis, who attended the tribute screening, commented that the   was also an “honour for Greece, as well as for France and Europe, rewarding a kind of cinema which is not only a form of art, but a medium shaping consciences throughout European democracies.”

Costa-Gavras was awarded the French festival’s Palme d’Or for Missing in 1982, after "Z" had earned the Jury Prize in 1969.

This year, Greek cinema is represented at the international festival's main competition section by Yorgos Lanthimos's English language movie The Lobster.

See also e-Kathimerini: Costa-Gavras honoured in Cannes; You Tube: "Z"-Trailer & Missing-Trailer; Greek News Agenda: Greek Cinema Special Guest @ Cannes