Grace of Monaco, a film by Olivier Dahan, has been announced as the opening film for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival on 14th May this year. A movie about Princess Grace will be opening the Cannes Film Festival, of course, it makes perfect sense, it was where they first met, the love story coming full circle?
Ironically this may be the only airing that the film will see as in typical 'life imitating art' fashion, the movie is plagued with trouble and is causing its own drama. The movie is all about conflict, both political and personal, as it depicts a time when Prince Rainier was at loggerheads with the French president Charles de Gaulle over the annexing of Monaco and its status as a tax haven. Set against a backdrop of the glamourous personal battleground of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace as she struggles with her roles; Oscar winning actress or devoted wife and Princess?
Initially the movie garnered favour from the Royal family and filming permits and access to the Principality were forthcoming but as filming concluded the palace put out statements dissociating themselves from the film, reportedly furious at the fallacy and myth portrayed within. Director, Olivier Dahan defended his picture by stating that it was never intended to be a biopic.
Now the movie has hit further rocky waters as American producer giant Harvey Weinstein has thrown his weight against the release of the movie state side as Dahan refuses to back down on changes to the final cut as proposed by Weinstein.
This means that the movie will not be ready for its March release date, will not get a shot at this years Oscars and may in fact not even been shown in the States at all.
So it may prove to be something of a controversial opening film choice for the Cannes Film Festival. Advertised as a Olivier Dahan movie it will no doubt cause some friction between the world famous festival and the world famous producer. Will this be more than just a screening, is this French arthouse pitched against Hollywood blockbuster? French film culture against the American blockbuster machine?
Whatever it turns out to be it is a perfect choice for the Cannes Film Festival opening movie and will be much talked about, as its famous subjects remain today.
Cannes Film Festival
Thu, 14th May 2015
Mon, 25th May 2015
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The Cannes Film Festival began in 1939. It's widely considered to be the world's most important film festival.