Grace of Monaco – the Grace Kelly biopic which stars Nicole Kidman – has been chosen to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Early reviews of Grace of Monaco have slammed the film, with one describing it as “a timeless camp classic”.
Set in the 1960s, Olivier Dahan’s film focuses on the early years of Grace Kelly’s years as a princess when she was tempted to return to Hollywood by an offer from Alfred Hitchcock.
Grace of Monaco has been chosen to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival
Tim Roth plays her husband, Prince Rainier III, with Robert Lindsay, Spain’s Paz Vega and Derek Jacobi filling other roles.
The film has been criticized by the royal family of Monaco, with Princess Stephanie of Monaco saying the film about her parents as inaccurate.
According to reports, Olivier Dahan also clashed over the final cut with the Weinstein Co, which is distributing the film in North America.
There are 18 films in competition for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be handed out along with other prizes on May 24.
British hopes for the prize are led by directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh.
Animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 will screen out of competition.
This year’s Un Certain Regard section of the competition will feature the directorial debut of Hollywood star Ryan Gosling.
Christina Hendricks and Matt Smith are among the cast of Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, a dark fantasy formerly known as How to Catch a Monster.
Cannes Film Festival will close with a 50th anniversary screening of a restored print of Sergio Leone’s 1964 spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars, hosted by director Quentin Tarantino.
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Princess Grace of Monaco biopic – Grace of Monaco – starring Nicole Kidman, has been pulled from release in the US by its distributor The Weinstein Co.
The company has given no explanation for its decision to hold back the film, which was due out on March 14.
Grace of Monaco original November release was delayed because it was deemed not ready for cinema screens.
Director Olivier Dahan has previously claimed that he was at odds with Harvey Weinstein over the final cut.
In his interview with French newspaper Liberation, translated and reproduced in The Guardian, Olivier Dahan said: “What’s complicated at the moment is ensuring that you, the critics, can review my version of the film and not that of somebody else.
“It’s not over yet. I haven’t given up.”
Grace of Monaco original November release was delayed because it was deemed not ready for cinema screens
The Weinstein Co. has not responded to Olivier Dahan’s claims.
The film-maker’s previous work includes Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, which won Marion Cotillard a best actress statuette at the Academy Awards.
The original November release date was put in place so the film would be eligible for the Oscars.
The script of Grace of Monaco has been criticized by the Monaco royal family, who said it contained “major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes”.
“The Princely family wishes to emphasize that this film is by no means a biopic,” the Monaco royal family statement added.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco has criticized the upcoming Hollywood film Grace of Monaco about his late mother, Grace Kelly, saying it is historically inaccurate.
Prince Albert and his sisters released a statement after producers told a French magazine the Palace had supported the film, starring Nicole Kidman.
The Palace said the film contained “major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes”.
The film, titled Grace of Monaco, is due for release next year.
“The Princely family wishes to emphasize that this film is by no means a biopic,” the statement said.
“It recounts one rewritten and needlessly <<glamorized>> page in the history of the Principality of Monaco and its family.”
The film follows the High Society actress in 1962 after she married Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace.
It is said to focus on a six-month period when Monaco was in a heated tax dispute with France and director Alfred Hitchcock offered the former actress a chance to return to acting.
Prince Albert II of Monaco has criticized the upcoming Hollywood film Grace of Monaco about his late mother, Grace Kelly, saying it is historically inaccurate
The Palace said it had been “surprised” when it received the script for the film, as it had “in no way been associated with this project”.
It added it had submitted to producers a number of requests for changes, however they were not all taken into consideration.
“The Palace of Monaco cannot accept that the producers of this film imply they have received Their Highnesses’ support in any way whatsoever, since this is not the case,” the statement concluded.
The film’s producer, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, told AFP the production was meant to be a work of fiction.
“The palace was aware of the script and made requests for changes. We took most of their remarks into account, but not all,” he said.
“The film is not intended to tell the true story of the principality,” he added.
Nicole Kidman is taking on one of the most high-profile roles of her career in forthcoming drama, Grace of Monaco.
The actress was pictured for the first time on set Tuesday, making every effort to emulate the regal Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.
Nicole Kidman, who is currently filming the movie in Menton, France, was styled in a pale yellow tent coat, strings of pearls adorning her collar.
Her cropped blonde locks were swept up into soft curls, mimicking the late Hollywood actress’ famous hairstyle.
Accompanied by an assistant, Nicole Kidman was shielded from the sun by an umbrella on her way to set.
Nicole Kidman is taking on one of the most high-profile roles of her career in forthcoming drama, Grace of Monaco
Assistants were later seen wrapping her locks in a polka-dot headscarf, and sliding winged sunglasses onto her face, making for a trademark look often worn by the late Hollywood star.
Grace of Monaco, which recently began lensing, tells the story of Grace Kelly’s involvement with Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle dispute over tax laws in the early 1960s.
Helmed by La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahn, and with a reported $30 million budget, the film co-stars Tim Roth, Parker Posey, and Milo Ventimiglia.
Grace of Monaco is scheduled for release in 2014.
Nicole Kidman recently opened up about the conflicting aspects of her personality, revealing to Harper’s Bazaar she’s only recently become more comfortable in front of the camera.
“I was shy. Deeply shy,” she said of her early career, then married to Tom Cruise.
“I didn’t feel comfortable at all. But I felt very comfortable at home.”
Things have changed somewhat, however, since she’s moved on with her husband, country music star Keith Urban.
“All of that other stuff becomes less important [as you get older],” she said.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, who married in 2006, share two daughters, Sunday and Faith.