Opening Film

The Ambassador

Year
2011
Country
Denmark
Duration
93’’
Director
Mads Brugger

A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa, looking like a mixture of Henry Stanley and Karl Lagerfeld. He has recently bought an ambassadorship and claims to be a do-good rich business man, who has come to spearhead a diplomatic mission. Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches - this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds. The Ambassador is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre world of African diplomacy.

Production
Zentropa
Sales
TrustNordisk, Filmbyen 28, 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark, +45 3686 8788, +45 3677 4448, info@trustnordisk.com , www.trustnordisk.com
Director
Mads Brugger

Mads Brugger (1972) is a Danish journalist, TV-host, author and filmmaker. He has written several books, worked for magazines and newspapers, produced award winning radio programmes and hosted the critically acclaimed late night TV-programme The 11th hour as well as the daily news/debate programme Deadline. Furthermore, he has created satirical docu-series as Danes for Bush (2004) and the feature-length documentary, The Red Chapel (winner at Nordisk Panorama 2009 & Sundance 2010). Brugger is reknown for his distinctive methods of “performative journalism” as he infiltrates various milieus.

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