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Man from the Embassy, The (Mann von der Botschaft, Der)

Man from the Embassy, The
Scene from “The Man from the Embassy” (photo © TATFILM)

Herbert is a German embassy official in Tbilisi/Georgia doing his job by the numbers and living an empty existence, immersed in fantasy computer games. Even his Georgian lover Nana can’t bring back his zest for life.

It is an encounter and subsequent friendship with a young refugee girl, twelve-year-old Sashka, which enables him to rediscover laughter and a sense of responsibility for another person. Sashka lives, like most of her fellow-sufferers, desolate in a refugee camp outside Tbilisi.

But their close friendship brings suspicions, corruption and violence and finally Herbert is no longer able to do deal with the situation.


Dito Tsintsadze was born in 1957 in Tbilisi/Georgia (former USSR). From 1975 to 1981, he attended the Tbilisi Theater and Film Institute. After assisting various directors, he made his first short film in 1990 and then began working for the private film production company Schvidkatsa. His film On the Verge (1993) was awarded a Silver Leopard at Locarno and the Golden Eagle at the International Black Sea Nations Film Festival in 1993. His other films include: White Night (short, 1984), The Drawn Circle (TV, 1988), Guests (short, 1990), Home (TV, 1992), the Cannes Un Certain Regard feature Lost Killers (2000), An Erotic Tale (short, 2002), Gun-Shy (Schussangst, 2003) winner of San Sebastian\'s Golden Shell, and The Man from the Embassy (Der Mann von der Botschaft, 2006).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Dito Tsintsadze
Screenplay Dito Tsintsadze, Zaza Rusadze
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Katja Dringenberg
Vaja Jalagania, Alexander Scherer
Cast Irm Hermann, Burghart Klaußner, Lika Martinova, Marika Giorgobiani
Producer Christine Ruppert
Production Company Tatfilm/Cologne
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Georgian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Locarno 2006 (In Competition), Warsaw 2006, Goeteborg 2007, Mar del Plata 2007 (In Competition), Tribeca 2007, Vancouver 2007
Awards Best Actor (Burkhart Klaussner) Locarno 2006, Best Screenplay & ACCA Award Mar del Plata 2007
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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