Grace of Monaco is set for the Cannes Festival instead of opening in the United States as previously planned. The film was already pushed back from release n 2013. Starring Nicole Kidman as Her Royal Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, the film depicts the transitional time of from Grace Kelly the Hollywood starlet to her taking on the real life role as the wife of the then reigning Prince of Monaco. The film’s director Olivier Dahan and the producer Harvey Weinstein are at odds about the film’s conclusion. Citing differences between the expectations of the American and Europe public the film has been set to be released in Cannes in May while the American premier has been indefinitely postponed.
Shot in Europe, Grace of Monaco is focused mainly on the period around 1962. Grace Kelly met Prince Rainer in 1955. They married in 1956 and had three children. The fairy tale story of the American beauty meeting a real life prince was closely followed in the press. Grace Kelly’s last film before marrying royalty was High Society which was released the same year that she wed a Grimaldi. The new film by the French director Grace of Monaco set for the Cannes Festival is focusing on the year 1962 during which a disagreement between Prince Rainier and France’s president, Charles de Gaulle arose only to be mediated by Her Royal Highness. 1962 was a pivotal year in the marriage of Monaco’s reigning couple. The Princess was offered a role by Alfred Hitchcock for a film called Marnie. Ultimately because of pressure within the palace the Princess deferred and further devoted her time to promoting the arts and humanitarian causes.
Adored by her fans, Grace Kelly was the epitome of charm, style and grace. Although her film career ended when she was only 26, she is remembered for the eleven films she appeared in, most notably the three movies by Alfred Hitchcock Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. Tragically she died in a car crash when she was 52. Princess Grace suffered a stroke behind the wheel of her automobile and lost control of the vehicle. She never recovered consciousness and was buried in the royal vault in Monaco.
The new movie by Dahan stars Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Paz Vega, Frank Langella and Derek Jacobi. Nicole Kidman is the most established of the cast. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress her role in The Hours. Mr Dahan directed the biopic La Vie en Rose about the cabaret singer which won an Academy Award for the film’s star Marion Cotillard. At this year’s film festival in Cannes his latest film will be featured in the official selection but will not be eligible for a European award. Grace of Monaco is set for the Cannes Festival, but who knows when it will hit the American box office and in what form.
By Persephone Abbott