A new trailer and poster have been released for Mads Brügger’s provocative, Sundance-dividing documentary The Ambassador ahead of its US release. I wasn’t familiar with the Danish filmmaker’s previous work, but his inclusion as a guest at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival peaked my interest, and this intriguing new trailer has sold me on the film. The Ambassador promises a darkly comic and genre-bending look at the corruption and exploitation happening in the Central African Republic. Brügger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African consul and immerses himself in a dangerous world of nefarious bureaucrats, blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder. The film looks like some sort of absurd, fascinating blend of investigative journalism, Morgan Spurlock and Sacha Baron Cohen, and it is now one of my must-see documentaries of 2012.
The Ambassador is screening throughout the 2012 NZ International Film Festival, and the film’s director/star Mads Brügger will be in attendance. For more info/ticketing details, head to the NZIFF website.
The Ambassador opens in the US on August 29. Check out the US trailer and poster below (via Twitch).