Perhaps the work of his father, political filmmaker Constantin Costa-Gavras, rubbed off. Yet the skill in the young Gavras' filmmaking is all his own. On "Stress," for example, daring and risk played a huge role in achieving the urgency and verite style. "We had no authorization to shoot anywhere," he says. "We had to play catch with the police. Fortunately, we had a sexy assistant who had to sacrifice her body to an officer to save us from shooting shut down. That's what I call team commitment." Later this year, Gavras will release A Cross the Universe, a full-length documentary of the band's U.S. tour, which he co-directed with friend So-Me. He's also finishing the screenplay for his first feature, to star French actor Vincent Cassel.
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