Diplomacy (Diplomatie)

Showings

Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 4, 2014 8:00 PM
Rafael 3 Wed, Oct 8, 2014 3:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:France
Year:2014
Running Time:88
Language:French
German
Director:Volker Schlöndorff
Producer:Marc de Bayser
Frank Le Wita
Sidonie Dumas
Screenwriter:Cyril Gely
Volker Schlöndorff
play by Cyril Gely
Cinematographer:Michel Amathieu
Editor:Virginie Bruant
Cast:Andre Dussollier
Niels Arestrup
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell

Description

In the predawn hours of August 25, 1944, Paris was almost obliterated. That it was not is reimagined as an all-night act of desperate diplomacy in this crackling World War II drama. Swedish consul Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) must somehow convince German general Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) not to follow Hitler’s order to blow up the City of Light, even as the Allied army is poised to retake it. Based on a 2011 play and remade for the screen by Oscar- and Palme d’Or-winner Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum), this tautly written pas de deux features two actors who mesmerize us with every calculated glance. “What if an order is absurd?” Nordling challenges. Bound by duty, von Choltitz is not blind to consequences, and the impossibility of his position—for him, every choice sacrifices something vital—is unexpectedly moving. “What would you do in my shoes?” the general retorts. Nordling has no answer, and the question rings loudly today.

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN SAN FRANCISCO AND THE FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF GERMANY

Sponsored by Comcast

Additional Information

Volker Schlöndorff