Costa-Gavras has often seen his films shown at the Berlinale in past years: Music Box, with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jessica Lange, received the Golden Bear at the 1990 festival, while La Petite Apocalypse, with director-actor Jiri Menzel in the lead role, screened in competition and was the closing film at the 1993 edition.
In 2002, the first edition of the Berlinale under the direction of Dieter Kosslick, Amen, Costa-Gavras' adaptation of German dramatist Rolf Hochhuth's play The Deputy with Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Muehe and Mathieu Kassovitz, was selected for the Official Competition.
Before the world premiere screening in Berlin Costa-Gavras was presented with a Berlinale Camera award by Kosslick for his services to politically committed cinema. Amen attracted some controversy at the festival because of the film's poster design of a crucifix parodied as a Nazi swastika by the Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani.
Kosslick said at the time: 'Toscani's work has often been contentious. That is the function of a good poster.'
After his duties as jury president in Berlin, Costa-Gavras will return to his native Greece after almost 40 years to shoot his new film Eden Is West from March.