Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, March 09, 2012 – Sunday, March 11, 2012

(France/2011–directed by Xavier Durringer)
The day is May 6, 2007, France’s run-up to the presidential elections. As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy (a tour-de-force performance by Denis Podalydes) has shut himself away at home. For hours he has been trying to reach his wife, Cécilia (Florence Pernel), to no avail. The previous five years start to unfurl before our eyes, recounting Sarkozy’s unstoppable ascent to power, riddled with in-party backstabbing, media manipulation, riots, sarcastic confrontations and extra-marital affairs – in other words, politics as usual. A rollicking, scandalous, real-life version of The Candidate that was as popular in France as Oliver Stone’s W. was not in the US, The Conquest – highlighted by witty and convincing performances all around – chronicles the right-leaning Sarkozy’s startling ascension to the Presidency of France, and the emotional and psychological stakes that accompany the ultimate but oft-unspoken goal of politics – power. In French with English subtitles. (105 min.)
“A tragicomic circus act with most of the narrative mayhem and laughs coming from sharp dialogue and strong acting.” Boyd van Hoeij,Variety
“A vivid re-imagining of Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power and the simultaneous unraveling of his marriage.”Associated Press
Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 at 7:00 and 9:30 PM
Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 and 4:30 PM