Los Angeles -- Some films are timeless. Some filmmakers are even more timelier than when they made those now considered modern classics. Maybe it is the subject matter or style of delivery or even their personality and all that aura that comes with being a celebrity. Costas-Gavras is one those personalities whose body of work and name are synonymous with the subject matter of his movies. Maybe not quite the household Nome Daguerre like Spielberg but one who is and remains on the short list of what we call today modern masters of the art and not just the medium of film making.
So many have passed on and their legacy is fading with each passing decade yet Gavras seems timeless almost timely even though many of his works are now a generation or two behind us.
THE AXE , his 2005 crime drama, written by Donald E. Westlake, the author of the novel by the same name along with Costa-Gavras and Jean-Claude Grumberg, tells the story of Bruno Davert, an engineer worker in the paper making industry, who is a victim of the relocation of his company. After nearly two years of unemployment and deep depression he decides to go postal by taking down the people who are going after the same jobs. The justification here is there is too much competition for the same jobs and something needs to be don.
Like other Gavras pictures the lines between social unrest, economic injustice and political intrigue tends to intermarry into a seamless thriller that not only is intriguing but carries a timely message one cannot easily escape. For the message is the human toll from tragedy to triumph in the realm of the "real politic" of the time.
THE AXE stars Jose Garcia ("Now You See Me"), Karin Viard ("Polisse") and Olivier Gourmet ("The Son"). It is hosted by the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival in conjunction with the French Film Office and Consulate General of Greece, Los Angeles, the Hon. Elisabeth Fotiadou.
The highlight of the evening is a Q & A with the film maker after the screening, Thursday, October 3, at the New Beverly Cinema (7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles). Tickets for the event are a $15 online donation, $20 at the door through itsmyseat.com. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
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