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Synopsis: To break the story, he must become the story.

This darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger (filmmaker of Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Red Chapel) rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in one of the most dangerous places on the planet: the Central African Republic. Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-market diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Brügger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African consul. As he immerses himself in the life-threatening underworld of nefarious bureaucrats, Brügger encounters blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder — while somehow managing to crack amazing razor-sharp barbs at every step along the way. From each absurdly terrifying/hilarious situation to the next, The Ambassador is a one-of-a-kind excursion from the man whom The Huffington Post has called “the most provocative filmmaker in the world.”

Genre

Documentary

Rated

NR

Language

Danish / English / French

Run Time

93 min minutes

Subtitles

English

Starring

Mads Brügger

Directed by

Mads Brügger

Written by

Mads Brügger
Maja Jul Larsen

Produced by

Peter Engel
Carsten Holst

Edited by

Leif Axel Kjeldsen
Carsten Søsted
Kimmo Taavila

Composer

Niklas Schak
Tin Soheili

Prod. Company

Film i Väst - filmivast.se

Awards

Robert Festival - Denmark - 2012

Best Documentary (Peter Engel (producer), Mads Brügger (director), Carsten Holst (producer))

Ole Awards - USA - 2012

Best Actor (Mads Brügger)

Docville - Belgium - 2012

Jury Award - ConScience Award (Mads Brügger)

Nominations

Sundance Film Festival - USA - 2012

Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Documentary

Bodil Awards - Denmark - 2012

Best Documentary

Quotes

You can imagine how this could have become a 1950s British comedy. It is all real. - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Supposedly nothing is staged. Truthfully, so much of this film is stranger than fiction, it would require pure writing genius to come up with even a third of what transpires. - Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm

A stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema. - Kyle Smith, New York Post

Country of Origin

Denmark

Production Year

2011

Aspect Ratio

1.78 : 1

Sound Mix

Dolby Digital

Official Website

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