The French Minister | Quai d’Orsay
Wednesday May 07 07:30 PM
Saturday May 10 01:00 PM
Tuesday May 13 01:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00
About the Film:
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 2013. France. 113 mins. French with English subtitles
Doors slam and papers fly in this off-the-wall comedy about French politics directed by master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier). Tavernier's blistering assault—based on the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speechwriter—zeroes in on fictional Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms (a tour-de-force comic performance by Thierry Lhermitte). A human whirlwind and a man confident in France's importance on the world stage, de Vorms takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his hapless speechwriter (Raphael Personnaz) endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage. In the vein of recent political comedies such as In the Loop, and VEEP, The French Minister is a hilarious send-up of diplomacy and international politics with rapid-fire dialogue and a brilliant ensemble cast.
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival.
Winner: Best Supporting Actor and Actress, 2014 Ceasar Awards; Best screenplay, San Sebastián International Film Festival; Most Promising Young Actor (Raphaël Personnaz), 2014 Lumiere Awards.
See the trailer.