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SFS Preview @ GV Vivo: GRACE OF MONACO (PG)

What The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.
When 19 May 2014 (Monday), 9:00pm
Where Golden Village VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk VivoCity, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 098585 Tel: 6311 9162
Admission

Admission for SFS Members and Reel membership card holders only -- flash your card to enter.  You are welcome to bring up to 2 guests if you hold the SFS Reel membership card

Non-members may sign up at the door (cash only, exact change appreciated) -- we will issue membership on the spot.  No tickets will be sold.  Free seating.

 

GRACE OF MONACO

Dir. Olivier Dahan

2014 | USA / France | 103min | DCP | PG

Cast:  Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Paz Vega, Parker Posey

Awards:  Nominated for Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)

Plot Outline:  GRACE OF MONACO is focused on the personal story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly during a dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III, and France's Charles De Gaulle over tax laws in the early 1960s. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III.

Programmer's Note (11 May 2014):  (Eternality Tan, Programming Manager of Singapore Film Society, & Film Blogger at @Filmnomenon

It is quite rare to have a film's theatrical release in Singapore around the same time as its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.  

The release date of GRACE OF MONACO has constantly been shifted due to delays in post-production and public feuds over the final cut between director Olivier Dahan and U.S. distributor Weinstein Co.  

Many were unsure which major festival would first screen the film, until the recent announcement that it had been selected to compete and open at Cannes this year.

Reviews are not officially out yet, so how the film fares is still up in the air.  It is directed by Olivier Dahan, whose track record has not been particularly good.  

But I think we can take comfort that he made LA VIE EN ROSE (2008), the Oscar-winning film starring Marion Cotillard as famous singer Édith Piaf that competed at the Berlin International Film Festival.  

If it is any indicator, let's hope that GRACE OF MONACO is closer to the quality and substance of that acclaimed film, rather than the terrible mess that was the biopic DIANA (2013) starring Naomi Watts. 

Whatever the case, I think the controversy surrounding the film has helped its cause in some way, and like myself, I am sure you are curious to see whether it succeeds or fails.

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