The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Non-GC Events

09-04 Films on the Green @ Columbia: The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)



Films on the Green @ Columbia: The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)
Bertrand Tavernier, 2013, 113 min. In French with English subtitles


Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Low Plaza Steps at Columbia University (main campus entrance at Broadway and 116th street).

This event is FREE and no tickets are required.


The young Arthur Vlaminck is hired as speechwriter for the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. Struggling to handle the minister’s overbearing personality, Vlaminck navigates the ever-changing plots of foreign affairs with the minister’s ultra-calm private secretary and a band of quirky counselors by his side.

The French Minister is based on the graphic novel Weapons of Mass Diplomacy by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac (a pseudonym of Cultural Counselor to the French Embassy Antonin Baudry).

This screening is featured as part of the Films on the Green Festival organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE and the City of New York Parks & Recreation. Sponsorship is provided by BNP Paribas, Air France and TV5 Monde.

*Please note that in case of rain, the screening will be held in the East Gallery in Buell Hall—seating is limited. No alcohol is permitted at this event.