When Arthur Vlamnick gets a job at the French Foreign Ministry, he can feel like he has fulfilled his mission. As the minister’s new speechwriter, the young man is responsible for the minister’s "words." It quickly becomes clear, however, that the structure of this venerable institution is the complete opposite of how he had envisioned it. Besides that oasis of calm and efficiency Chief of Staff Maupas, there is no one Arthur can count on. The Ministry’s corridors are filled with countless absurdities, interpersonal games, and words – smooth and palatable slogans that lack any real meaning. Bertrand Tavernier, an acclaimed director of historical films, has created a fast-paced, tightly woven satire that rushes forward, buoyed by bursts of comic energy from a series of comic events. Thierry Lhermitte lights up the screen in the role of Minister Taillard de Worms, a man with a treasure trove of Heraclitus quotes who is more of a charismatic performer than a capable politician, a master of first impressions who is knowledgeable about everything and nothing. An eloquent, very French-styled and realistic portrait of the world of the political elite.
César Awards 2014 - Best Supporting Actor (Niels Arestrup); Lumiere Awards 2014 - Most Promising Young Actor (Raphaël Personnaz); San Sebastián IFF 2013 - Best Screenplay
Bertrand Tavernier was born in 1941 in Lyon. He worked as an assistant to Jean-Pierre Melville. He made his film debut in 1974 with the well-received The Clockmaker of St. Paul. In early films, he dealt with issues of complex family relations (A Week’s Holiday, 1980; A Sunday in the Country, 1984), but he earned commercial success and two Oscar nominations for his jazz tribute, 'Round Midnight,which featured the music of Herbie Hancock. He has made a number of acclaimed historical films (Life and Nothing But, 1989; Captain Conan, 1996). He has won four César Awards.
1974 Zegarmistrz od Świętego Pawła / L’Horloger de Saint-Paul / The Clockmaker of St. Paul
1984 Niedziela na wsi / Un Dimanche à la Campagne / A Sunday in the Country
1996 Kapitan Conan / Captaine Conan / Captain Conan
1999 Zacznijmy już dzisiaj / Ça commence aujourd’hui / It All Starts Today
2010 Księżniczka Montpensier / La Princesse de Montpensier / The Princess of Montpensier