Enjoy conversation, wine, and beer after both screenings
Bertrand Tavernier, 2013. 113 min. Color. DCP. With Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Julie Gayet. In French with English subtitles.
In this hilarious but largely factual account of French politics, the idealistic young Arthur Vlaminck is hired to write speeches for a maddeningly eccentric Minister of Foreign Affairs. He soon discovers that it is easier to resolve an international crisis than to understand those who govern us.
Based on the bestselling autobiographical graphic novel by Antonin Baudry, former Cultural Counselor to the French embassy in New York, The French Minister is a deliciously absurdist, fictionalized retelling of the events leading up to French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin’s historic United Nations speech against the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Struggle for Life is presented as part of "Young French Cinema", a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Series curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Léonore Chastagner.
Special thanks to Justin DiPietro (IFC Films), François Scippa-Kohn and Clémence Taillandier (Distrib Films), Véronique Jimenez (Europa Corp), Jonathan Howell (Big World Pictures), Amélie Garin-Davet (Cultural Services of the French Embassy), Adeline Monzier (UniFrance), Ilaria Gomarasca (Pyramide International), Elodie Dupont (Festival Agency), Pierre Daude (Gaumont Pathé Archives), Jean-Luc Tesson (Galatée Films), Louise Rinaldi (Ecce Films), Jennifer Houlihan Roussel (WNYC), Miriam Bridenne (Albertine).
CinéSalon is made possible
by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. CinéSalon is sponsored by Air France and Delta Air Lines, BNP Paribas, Lacoste, and Renault Nissan. Wine courtesy of Vinadeis, the exclusive wine sponsor of CinéSalon. Beer courtesy of Kronenbourg 1664, the exclusive beer sponsor of CinéSalon.
Program Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery