July 6: QUAI D’ORSAY (The French Minister; 2013) by Bertrand Tarvenier

5.00pm | Saturday, July 6, 2024. | Alliance Française Lagos, 9 Osborne Road, Ikoyi Free Entry

On Saturday, July 6, Screen Out Loud returns on a happy note with the screening of QUAI D’ORSAY, a comedy by iconic French director Bertrand Tavernier. Titled ‘The French Minister‘ in English, the film is set in the corridors of the Foreign Ministry, satirising the intricacies of politics and public service bureaucracy while addressing serious issues including media representation.
When Arthur is recruited into the advisory team of the Foreign Affairs Minister, he discovers the flexibility of ‘language’ as he struggles to balance multiple moving pieces, and maintain his own sanity in a fast-paced environment. Each scene is equally humorous and relatable, as we imagine the consequences should anything go wrong.
QUAI D’ORSAY is the screen adaptation of the graphic novel by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac.
A good time is assured. 😉 Come for the film; stay for the conversation.
Screening starts at 5pm prompt (doors open at 4.30pm) on Saturday, July 6 at Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre. Entry is free.

After graduating from the École nationale d’administration, Arthur Vlaminck lands a job as speechwriter in the Foreign Ministry. Existing senior advisers do not welcome a talented newcomer who may become a competitor but his abilities are recognised by the Minister and, most important, by Maupas, the career official heading the department. That said, coming up with the right words for the constantly changing world situation and the constantly changing reactions of the Minister proves no easy task. Based on the graphic novel by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac, published by Dargaud in 2010 and 2011.

Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Literary Adaptation
Running time: 114 minutes
Language(s): French with English subtitles
Director: Bertrand Tarvenier
Starring: Raphaël Personnaz, Thierry Lhermitte, Niels Arestrup, Gayet Julie, Anaïs Demoustier, Julie Gayet, Jane Birkin, Bruno Raffaelli, Thomas Chabrol, Thierry Frémont, Alix Poisson, Marie Bunel, Jean-Marc Roulot, Sonia Rolland, Didier Bezace
Writer: Antonin Baudry, Christophe Blain, Bertrand Tavernier
Producer: Said Hamich
Editor: Guy Lecorne
D.O.P.: Jérôme Alméras

Set: Émile Ghigo
Country: France
Year: 2013
Age Rating: PG