Mon 28 Apr / + Q&A

Quai d’Orsay

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series, Special Screenings

113 mins

in French with English subtitles

France | 2013 | col | dir. Bertrand Tavernier, with Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Julie Gayet | UK premiere

Bertrand Tavernier’s adaptation of the hit graphic novel on French foreign minister (and later prime minister) Dominique de Villepin is a sparkling and savvy political comedy. Arthur (Raphaël Personnaz), a graduate of all the right schools, is the new speechwriter for the Minister of Foreign Affairs (a hilarious Thierry Lhermitte). While he tries to navigate internal politics, the various strong personalities around him (such as a ruthless policy advisor played by Julie Gayet), and the stress of finding the Minister’s ‘voice’, Arthur must also write a speech for the Minister that will hopefully put them both in the history books. But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his place at Quai d’Orsay, the ministry’s home. Quai d’Orsay takes us for a breathless ride through the halls of French government.

Followed by a Q&A with actor Raphaël Personnaz

Followed by a book sale of the graphic novel the film was based on (in French and in English)

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