Award-winning director Costa-Gavras expressed his dissatisfaction with comments made following a grant he was given by the Greek government for his next film. He stated his “deep insult” following allegations of favouritism

The Greek-French director that has received Oscar, BAFTA and Cesar awards, has received a 630-euro grant to produce a film based on a book written by Greece’s controversial former Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis.

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“I’ve been making films for fifty years. Some of my films have been judged as good, some others as bad,” he said. “But, I have never been accused that I was funded by a government to promote its policy or its plans. It happened in Greece where I came to film for the first time.

“A section of the press of my country insults me deeply,” he told the Athens News Agency.

The decision to use taxpayers’ money to make the film has been criticised and the director was also condemned for not finding other sponsors.