Enjoy conversation, wine, and beer after both screenings
Pierre Schoeller, 2011. 115 min. Color. DCP. With Olivier Gourmet, Michel Blanc, Zabou Breitman.In French with English subtitles.
When the President orders him to privatize the French rail system, Minister of Transportation Bernard Saint Jean must decide whether to follow his ideals or chase his ambitions. While this riveting account of the moral vacuum in the halls of power has the pace of a thriller, it plays like the work of an unflappable journalist coupled with a wise historian: from cabinet meetings to media manipulation, from cronyism to backstabbing, The Minister is an utterly convincing depiction of political life in a land in crisis. Insightful, chilling, and sometimes hilarious, this is essential viewing for our politically charged times.
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