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by Pierre Schoeller


The story of the Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean and his principal private secretary. The latter wakes the former in the middle of the night to tell him that a coach has left the road in an accident. “How many fatalities? Any children? Let’s go. We have no choice.” Thus begins the odyssey of a statesman in an increasingly complex and hostile world. Fast pace, power struggles, chaos, economic crisis… Everything connects and conflicts. One emergency quickly follows another. How is democracy doing? It’s shaky but still standing, on the move and still on track…

international title: The Minister
original title: L’Exercice de l’Etat
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Pierre Schoeller
film run: 112'
release date: FR 26/10/2011, BE 02/11/2011, PL 20/04/2012, GR 26/04/2012, SE 18/05/2012, DE 22/11/2012, CZ 29/11/2012
screenplay: Pierre Schoeller
cast: Olivier Gourmet, Michel Blanc, Zabou Breitman, Laurent Stocker, Jacques Boudet
cinematography by: Julien Hirsch
film editing: Laurence Briaud
art director: Jean-Marc Tran Tan Ba
producer: Denis Freyd
production: Archipel 35, Les Films du Fleuve, France 3 Cinéma
backing: MEDIA Programme, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), Eurimages, Canal +, CinéCinéma, Sofica Cofinova 7, Soficinéma 7
distributor: Diaphana Distribution, Against Gravity, Strada Films, Cinéart, Film Europe, Kool Filmdistribution, Njutafilms, Film Europe s.r.o., Surtsey Films


main awards/selection

Cannes 2011Un Certain Regard, FIPRESCI Prize
Hamburg Film Festival 2011
Namur Film Festival 2011
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2011
Cinemania Film Festival (Canada) 2011
New Directors/New Films New York 2012
César 2012Best original screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Michel Blanc), Best Sound
Los Angeles COLCOA Film Festival 2012
Les Magritte du cinéma 2013Best foreign film in coproduction
Bergamo Film Meeting 2013

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