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Screen: Special Showings

Diplomatie (Diplomacy)

When: Thu., Jan. 28, 6:15 p.m. 2016


CAMPUS CINEMA AT WITHERSPOON STUDENT CENTER—The 20-year-old Tournées Film Festival, which brings French cinema to American college campuses, is underway in Raleigh, with weekly free and public screenings and discussions on N.C. State's campus. This Thursday's installment features Volker Schlöndorff's acclaimed 2014 historical drama Diplomatie, a character-and-dialogue-driven adaptation of the play of the same title. Transferring the roles they created onstage to the screen, Niels Arestrup is Dietrich von Choltitz, a Nazi officer who has been ordered to bomb Paris; André Dussollier is the Swedish consul-general, Raoul Nordling, who is trying to persuade him to defy Hitler. Their historical meeting, previously dramatized in the 1966 film Is Paris Burning?, leaves no question of its outcome. But the suspense remains tightly wound as Schlöndorff exposes the inner clockwork of two men wrestling with moral choices in an obscenely immoral context. After an introduction by Michael Garval at 6:15, the screening begins at 6:45, and the festival continues on Thursdays through Feb. 11 with Timbuktu and Girlhood. 6:15 p.m., free, 2810 Cates Ave. #2810, Raleigh, 919-515-2249, www.ncsu.edu. —Brian Howe

Price: free

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