Capital (film)

Capital (French: Le Capital) is a 2012 French drama film directed by Costa-Gavras, about ruthless ambition, power struggle, greed and deception in the international world of finance.

(Le Capital)
Directed byCosta-Gavras
Produced byMichèle Ray-Gavras
Screenplay byKarim Boukercha
Jean-Claude Grumberg
Based onLe Capital
by Stéphane Osmont
StarringGabriel Byrne
Gad Elmaleh
Bernard Le Coq
Natacha Régnier
Marie-Christine Adam
Hippolyte Girardot
Céline Sallette
Liya Kebede
Music byArmand Amar
CinematographyÉric Gautier
Edited byYannick Kergoat
Yorgos Lamprinos
Distributed byMars Distribution (France)
Entertainment One (U.S.A.)
Release date
  • 8 September 2012 (2012-09-08) (TIFF)
  • 14 November 2012 (2012-11-14) (France)
Running time
114 minutes
  • French
  • English


The film follows an executive who is appointed the new CEO of a large French bank, and upsets the bank's board of directors when he begins to take unilateral control of the bank, laying off a large number of employees and making a corrupt deal with the head of an American hedge fund.[1]

Main cast


The film received slightly above average reviews during its initial appearance at various film festivals.

It was the closing film at the Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France. It was nominated for the Golden Shell for best film, the Silver Shell for Best Director and the special jury prize at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival and a FIPRESCI prize at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]

The film began regular public showings on 14 November 2012.

Shown at 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival, at the Christopher B Smith Film Centre on 4 October 2013. Costa-Gavras was present and answered questions at a Q&A conducted by Peter Coyote.[3][4]


  1. "'Capital (Le Capital)'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  2. Le Capital, list of awards on Allô-Ciné (in French)
  3. Hedgpeth, Sterling. "MVFF36 - Capital (Le Capital), Tribute". Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  4. "Costa-Gavras". Mill Valley Film Festival. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
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