Cash rebate for Costa-Gavras' 'Adults In The Room' sparks heated political debate in Greece

Screen | 4/16/2019 | Alexis Grivas
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Adults In The Room, the first feature by Greek director Costa-Gavras to shoot in the filmmaker’s homeland, has sparked a row in the press and on social media in the country when it was announced the project will receive €60,000 ($67,736) in state funding via the country’s new cash rebate scheme.

It is being argued by some opposed to the controversial project that it is not the best use of public money in a cash-strapped country like Greece.

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The film is based on the memoir Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, which recounts the torturous negotiations between Greece and the EU during the country’s debt crisis in 2015.

The project was already divisive due to the unpopularity of Varoufakis, who was sacked after five months in the post by prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

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But opposition to the film was heightened this weekend when Nikos Papas, the minister for digital policy, telecommunications and media, revealed the project would receive €60,000 ($67,736) in state funding.

The funding is what the project will receive at the end of shooting via the country’s 25% cash rebate scheme, which started operating last year and has since been increased to 35%. It is administered by the National Scheme of Audiovisual...
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