Danish films traditionally show strong presence at the "Cannes of documentaries", the prestigious IDFA fest in Amsterdam. Now the festival has revealed its first Danish title in the 2011 line-up, Mads Brügger's "The Ambassador" which will be running in the competition for feature-length documentaries.
A documentarian with a track record of films and TV shows challenging the classic role of the journalist, Mads Brügger takes us on a diplomatic mission to the Central African Republic to explore the workings of a country forgotten by the West while offering an exposé of a diplomat's life.
"The Ambassador" is produced by Peter Engel and Carsten Holst for Zentropa. International sales are handled by TrustNordisk. National release is set for 5 October. IDFA will be announcing more films in this year's line-up over the next months.
"Going to Africa and playing a diplomat wouldn't be a problem for me. Diplomats aren't always asking to see each other's ID. But instead of playacting, I figured I'd go all in," Mads Brügger comments.
Read how in our interview in FILM#72, The Man With the Yellow Hat Gone Bad, and watch trailer below.