The gripping Franco-German historical drama Diplomacy is now screening in Brisbane as part of the Alliance Française French Film Festival.
The film premiered last year at the Berlin Film Festival and has since won a César award for Best Adaptation.
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff and starring André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup, this thought-provoking film is an ode to Paris.
As the Second World War draws to a close, the Allies march towards Nazi-occupied Paris.
In light of this, Hitler passes on the command to General Dietrich von Choltitz that Paris should under no circumstance fall into enemy hands, or if it does, ‘only as a field of rubble’.
With explosives already planted among Paris’ most iconic locations, Paris is set to be levelled, nothing left intact.
However, in the early hours of the morning, just before the command to carry out the plan is about to be given, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling appears in the General’s chambers via a secret passageway, and begins a tense and thrilling discussion in a last ditch attempt to dissuade the German General to abandon his plan.
Though, as a historical drama, the ultimate outcome is apparent, Diplomacy is full of suspense and clever, insightful dialogue. Schlöndorff presents a serious, dignified film – a must-see.
Words by Hannah Abell
Images provided by Alliance Française French Film Festival
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