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Cinema Thursdays:The Minister (L'Exercice de l'Etat)

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall

Movies are usually screened Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion in French. Attendance is free for members and CUID holders, $7 for non-members. Unless indicated otherwise, films are in French with English subtitles.

Pierre Schoeller, 2011, 115 min.


This political drama, framed by two tragedies, offers a microcosmic portrait of the inner workings of government, focusing on the French Minister of Transportation, Bertrand Saint-Jean (Olivier Gourmet), as he tries to deal with multiple emergencies a fatal bus crash in the Ardennes, a fragile economic climate, and some underhanded dealings of other politicians while holding on to his own identity and private life. This film won critical praise and many awards, including 11 Csar Awards.