‘Grace of Monaco’ to open Cannes Film Festival

Grace of Monaco, the upcoming Grace Kelly biopic staring Nicole Kidman, is to be the opening film at the 67th Cannes Film Festival on 14th May it has been announced.

The film will be part of Cannes’ Official Selection out of competition.

The film portrays the life of Grace Kelly, the American actress, after she becomes Princess Grace of Monaco upon her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.

Having won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1955 for The Country Girl, and having worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Kelly now had to choose between her Hollywood career and her life as a Princess.

With Nicole Kidman playing Grace Kelly, who bears a remarkable resemblance, the cast also includes Tim Roth as Prince Rainier, and a supporting cast including Parker Posey, Frank Langella and Sir Derek Jacobi.

The film’s screenplay has been written by Arash Amel and is directed by Olivier Dahan, who previously directed 2007s La Vie En Rose.

Grace of Monaco has previously run into release problems, after Olivier Dahan clashed with producer Harvey Weinstein over cuts to the film that centre on a dispute between Prince Rainier and France’s Charles De Gaulle, as shown in the film.

In 2013, the three children of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly released a statement in regards to the film, in which they said “The Royal Family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic. It recounts one rewritten, needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco, and its family with both major historical inaccuracies, and a series of purely fictional scenes.”

Originally scheduled to be released in November 2013, Harvey Weinstein moved the release back to 14th March 2014. However, the film now appears to have been pulled indefinitely, with no release date set, and no explanation given.

If the world premiere of the film proves popular at the Cannes Film Festival, we may be seeing Grace of Monaco released in late 2014.

Update 26/07/14: Grace of Monaco had a limited UK release on 6th June 2014.

Read the article at focusfilm.co.uk


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