Quai d’Orsay

( Quai d’Orsay )

By Bertrand Tavernier (2013)
Tuesday 20th December, 6.30pm @ Alliance Française de Kotte
Free of charge and open to the public, it will be screened at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 20th December 2016 at the main hall of Alliance Française de Kotte, Colombo 05.

AlexandreTaillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting. AlexandreTaillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Perhaps the world doesn’t deserve France’s magnanimousness, but his art would be wasted if just restricted to home turf. Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of “language” at the foreign ministry. In other words, he is to write the minister’s speeches. But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisers who stalk the corridors of the Quai d’Orsay – the ministry’s home – where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything seems threatened by the inertia of the technocrats.

Awards and nominations

LumiereAwards 2014
Won -Most Promising Young Actor (Meilleurespoirmasculin):RaphaëlPersonnaz
For Marius

César Awards, France 2014
Won – Best Supporting Actor (Meilleuracteurdans un second rôle) :NielsArestrup

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013
Won – Best Screenplay:Abel Lanzac , Christophe Blain ,Bertrand Tavernier

CésarAwards, France 2014
Nominated :Best SupportingActress (Meilleure actrice dans un second rôle) : Julie Gayet
Best Adapted Screenplay (Meilleure adaptation): Abel Lanzac , Christophe Blain , Bertrand Tavernier

International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) 2013
Nominated: Best Original Score for a Comedy Film: Philippe Sarde
“Quai D’Orsay (retitled Le ministre français de certains marchés) est une farce française très sympathique et amusante du réalisateur Bertrand Tavernier, peut-être mieux connue pour ‘Round Midnight. Le Quai d’Orsay présente les manigances au sein du ministère des Affaires étrangères avec un visage merveilleusement droit, tout en livrant des moments de rire-fort par le portfolio-ful.. …- Robinski34″
“Quai D’Orsay (retitled The French Minister for some markets) is a likable and highly amusing French political farce from director Bertrand Tavernier, perhaps best known for ‘Round Midnight. Quai D’Orsay presents the shenanigans within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a wonderfully straight face, while delivering laugh-out-loud moments by the portfolio-ful…..– Robinski34″

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