The French Minister
|The French Minister|
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bertrand Tavernier|
|Produced by||Isabelle Kostic Crosley|
|Written by||Christophe Blain
|Music by||Philippe Sarde|
|Edited by||Guy Lecome|
|Running time||113 minutes|
The French Minister (French: Quai d'Orsay) is a 2013 French comedy film directed by Bertrand Tavernier. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In January 2014, the film received three nominations at the 39th César Awards, with Niels Arestrup winning the award for Best Supporting Actor.
After French yuppie Arthur Vlaminck has graduated at the National School of Administration he joins the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Vlaminck's ambitious new colleagues try to bully him around while his superior Claude Maupas acts on the other hand rather phlegmatic. Somewhat surprisingly Vlaminck's career gains momentum.
- Thierry Lhermitte as Alexandre Taillard de Worms, French minister of Foreign Affairs.
- Raphaël Personnaz as Arthur Vlaminck, a young speechwriter
- Niels Arestrup as Claude Maupas, the phlegmatic public servant who actually runs the ministry.
- Julie Gayet as Valérie Dumontheil
- Joséphine de La Baume as Isabelle
- Jane Birkin as Molly Hutchinson, Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Anaïs Demoustier as Marina
- Alix Poisson as Odile
- Sonia Rolland as Nathalie
- Marie Bunel as Martine
- Thomas Chabrol as Sylvain Marquet
- The film sections are preceded by quotations from the Fragments of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus.
- The final speech at the UN is taken from de Villepin's address on Iraq at the United Nations Security Council on 14 February 2003.
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- "Quai d'Orsay". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
- "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- "France's Cesar Awards: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Wins Best Film". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- Lemercier, Fabien (27 September 2012). "Bertrand Tavernier to plunge into the secretive Quai d'Orsay". Cineuropa.org. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
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