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A more uplifting look at politics

By Maria Greogiou

If you fancy a bit of a laugh on Thursday, then may we suggest you start your wind-down to the weekend at the Cyprus University, where the Goethe Institut will be organising a screening of the French comedy film Quai d’Orsay (The French Minister).

The 2013 comedy directed by Bertrand Tavernier and starring Thierry Lhermitte, Raphael Personnaz, and Niels Arestrup, was especially screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Further to that, in January 2014 it received three nominations at the 39th Cesar Awards, with Arestrup winning the award for Best Supporting Actor.

The plot of the film centres on Arthur Vlaminck who has recently joined the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. His role within the ministry is to write the speeches for Alexandre Taillard de Worms, the Foreign Minister.

Taillard is a very busy politician who seems to find the time to look at the text the young Vlaminck has written and changes it as he sees fit, without giving any consideration to the original author.
Realising that the young counselor may need a bit of encouragement, his superior Claude Maupas decides to teach him how to cope with the temperamental minister. After that his career sets off on the fast track.

Quai d’Orsay
Screening of the 2013 French comedy. January 29. Cyprus University, Aglantzia Campus, Anastasios Leventis Building, Amphitheatre B108. 8pm. Free. With English subtitles. Tel: 22-674608

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