DENMARK – 2011 – 93 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY MADS BRÜGGER
A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa, looking like a mixture of Henry Stanley and Karl Lagerfeld. He has recently bought an ambassadorship and claims to be a do-good rich business man, who has come to spearhead a diplomatic mission.
Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches — this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds. THE AMBASSADOR is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre world of African diplomacy.
"Wallowing in corruption in order to expose it"
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"Danish journalist Mads Brügger seeks to expose just how easily diplomatic accreditation can be purchased in Africa for the purposes of smuggling and illegal trading."
- NOW MAGAZINE
"Brügger is a fearless performer who has been compared to Sacha Baron Cohen, and he has a Borat-like knack for suckering the politicians and business types that he meets into acting like idiots — and occasionally monsters — for the camera."
- The Grid