The French Minister, Interview with Director Bertrand Tavernier

May 19, 2014 | By French Culture

Based on the graphic novel by the same name The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay) tells the story of a harried speechwriter and his eccentric, egocentric boss, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. In this video the film’s director Bertrand Tavernier, describes how he came to direct the film and the unique appeal of this political comedy. “It’s an autobiographical graphic novel,” Tavernier says, “The author of the book (Abel Lanzac) has lived all that. He has submitted speeches which have been rejected without being read. He has gotten orders which are impossible to understand, and he has learned to survive in a chaotic world.”