It is August 25th, 1944. The Allies have entered Paris, and shortly before dawn the German military governor of the city is preparing to dynamite the capital’s famous monuments and bridges on Hitler’s orders. Of course we know that he changed his mind – but why? Was it thanks to his meeting with the Swedish Consul-General, Raoul Nordling?
This engrossing historical drama from Volker Schlöndorff, the acclaimed German director of The Tin Drum, has been adapted from the French playwright Cyril Gély’s 2011 successful stage show. Niels Arestrup plays the loyal Third Reich governor, with André Dussollier as the man who must convince him not to destroy a city.
Full of patriotism and passion, this is a tour-de-force by both lead actors (who originated the roles on stage) with their sparkling dialogue set against wartime Paris. Less about the horrors of war and more about the art of negotiation, Diplomacy is a fascinating film about duty, history and what was behind an 11th hour decision to save the City of Lights.
“Niels Arestrup and André Dussolier give commanding performances in this totally gripping drama.” – David Stratton
Country: France, Germany
Dates & Times:
Saturday 11 April 4pm
“Volker Schlöndorff’s intense adaptation of Cyril Gély’s 2011 play unfolds during the night of August 24-25 1944 in the Hotel Meurisse, the Paris hotel, the headquarters of the German Governor of the occupied city, General Dietrich Choltitz. The Allies are at the city gates and, following Hitler’s orders, Choltitz is prepared to destroy the city and its monuments – until an intervention from Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, who, during an intense and emotionally charged argument, puts the case for saving the city. Niels Arestrup as Choltitz and André Dussollier as Nordling give commanding performances in this totally gripping drama.”