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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
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 2011 Un Certain Regard
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 2012 Best original screenplay
Best Supporting Actor (Michel Blanc)
Best Sound
Los Angeles COLCOA Film Festival 2012 
Les Magritte du cinéma 2013 Best foreign film in coproduction
Bergamo Film Meeting 2013 

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