Film Info: Commissioner, The

Commissioner, The

Commissioner, The

The Commissioner is an exciting political thriller set on the European stage. A top-level British politician is shunted off to Brussels. When a mysterious scientist puts him on to an industrial conspiracy, he doesn't realise that, by getting involved, he will be putting his career, his marriage and, finally, his life on the line. Confronted by intrigues and corruption at the highest level, he is soon forced to realise that the truth can have more than one face.


George Sluizer was born in Paris in 1932 and attended the film school IDHEC. He entered the film industry as an assistant director on Mike Todd's 1956 film Around The World In 80 Days and produced-directed many documentaries and TV specials between the 1960s and early 80s as well as serving as producer on feature films such as Herbert Curiel's Cancer Rising (1975) and Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1981). In 1988, he came to international recognition as a director with his feature Spoorlos (The Vanishing) and followed with Utz (1991), a US remake of The Vanishing (1992), Crimetime (1995), Dying To Go Home (1996; co-directed with Carlos da Silva), and The Commissioner (1997).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director George Sluizer
Screenplay George Sluizer, Christina Kallas
Cinematography Bruno de Keyzer
Denise Vindevogel
Loek Dikker
Cast John Hurt, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Rosana Pastor, Alice Krige, Metropolis Film, Berlin
Producers Luciano Gloor, Christina Kallas, in co-production with New Era Vision, London, Saga Film/Brussels
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German, French
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 1998 (in competition)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Niedersaechsische Filmfoerderung des NDR, Eurimages

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