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DIPLOMAT, THE (DIPLOMAT, DER)

DIPLOMAT, THE
Scene from THE DIPLOMAT

The life-story of the cosmopolitan and visionary Stéphane Hessel is a declaration of love to the continued existence of the world. Born in Berlin in 1917 the son of writer Franz Hessel, emigrated with his mother to Paris in the mid-20's, tracing his life-story between Germany and France. Imprisonment by the Gestapo as a member of the French resistance, death sentence and deportation to Buchenwald. The story of an improbable survival and rebirth as a diplomat: present at the founding of the UNO in New York, occupying difficult posts in Africa, as a campaigner for human rights. A historical mosaic and biographical essay about the diplomat, Ambassadeur de France and, not least of all, the child of Truffaut's classic JULES ET JIM. Tragic and funny, topical and timeless, melancholic and very optimistic.


Antje Starost studied Education and is a graduate of the German Film & Television Academy (dffb). Since founding Antje Starost Film Produktion in 1980, she has been active as a producer, writer and director. Her films include: MARIKA AND CATERINA (1981), SCHUHMANN (1985), WURLITZER OR INVENTING PRESENT TIME (1985), PAINTING IS LIVNG - FRITZ KÖTHE (1987), FACES (1988), DEM (1989), CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (1992), THE DIPLOMAT (1995), ELENA UND PANCHA (2000), MUMMY'S BOY (2003), STÉPHANE HESSEL (2008), 7 OR WHY I EXIST (2010), and LOVE IN THE TIME OF RESISTANCE - FREYA (2016).

Manfred Fluegge

Hans Helmut Grotjahn studied Political Science and is active as a photographer, director of photography, screenwriter and director. His films include: MARIKA AND CATERINA (1981), SCHUHMANN (1985), WURLITZER OR INVENTING PRESENT TIME (1985), PAINTING IS LIVNG - FRITZ KÖTHE (1987), FACES (1988), DEM (1989), CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (1992), THE DIPLOMAT (1995), ELENA UND PANCHA (2000), MUMMY'S BOY (2003), STÉPHANE HESSEL (2008), 7 OR WHY I EXIST (2010), and LOVE IN THE TIME OF RESISTANCE - FREYA (2016).
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1994
Directors Antje Starost, Manfred Fluegge, Hans Helmut Grotjahn
Screenplay Manfred Fluegge
Cinematography Antje Starost
Regina Fischer
Jean-Luc Rodriguez
Cast Jean-Luc Rodriguez, Stéphane Hessel
Producer Antje Starost
Production Company Antje Starost Film Produktion
Length 80 min
Format 16 mm
Dubbed Versions French
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 1995 (Forum), Figuera da Foz 1995, Montreal 1995
With backing from Berliner Filmfoerderung, Filmbuero Brandenburg, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Hessische Filmfoerderung

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