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The French Minister

The French Minister

The French Minister, which screened nationally at selected theatres in August, comes with an award winning pedigree and master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier at the helm. Here the always versatile Tavernier better known for his masterpieces ‘Round Midnight, The Judge and the Assassin and Coup de torchon delivers his first undisputed political farce.

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, who espouses the diplomatic concepts of legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy with panache. Helping to broker deals between allies and outposts, the Nobel Peace Prize seemingly in the bag as he butts heads with American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Enter into this hectic world Arthur Vlamick, a recent graduate, now responsible for writing the minister’s speeches. Thrown to the wolves Arthur must negotiate the halls of power at the Quai d’Orsay where the powerbrokers, special advisers and the minister’s private secretary can be briefly glimpsed but rarely interrupted.

The Age’s Philippa Hawker observes “Bertrand Tavernier’s screwball comedy set in the heart of French political life hums with authenticity and energy.” “A sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners”, writes Scott Foundas in Variety. “With its broad performances, rapid-fire pacing and rampant visual and verbal gags, Bertrand Tavernier’s first out-and-out comedy,” notes Kenji Fujishima for Slant Magazine, “doesn’t try too hard to hide its graphic-novel origins.”

Winner of Best Screeplay at the San Sabastian Film Festival, in addition to receiving the Lumiere Award for Most Promising Young Actor (Raphael Personnaz) and Best Supporting Actor (Niels Arestrup) The French Minister brings sophisticated wit and entertaining chaos as it parts the curtain on foreign diplomacy.

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