An Australian actress channels an American princess, when Nicole Kidman takes on the role of Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco, which premieres this month. Olivier Dahan, best known for his 2007 award-winning film, La Vie En Rose, directs Kidman and Tim Roth, who plays the part of her husband Prince Rainier III, the man who put the Hollywood movie star on the throne of his Mediterranean kingdom. Supporting actors include Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Paz Vega, and Milo Ventimiglia. The film follows Princess Grace’s life in the early ’60s, after she wins an Oscar for her non-glamorous role in The Country Girl, but quickly abandons her film career for her new life, family and the duties of the monarchy.
The movie will be an historical fiction piece rather than a biopic. Shortly after the filming ended, the Monaco Royal family, including Princess Grace’s children, expressed their displeasure with historical inaccuracies and dramatized scenes. Director Olivier Dahan responded to the royal press, saying, “I am not a journalist or historian. I am an artist. I have not made a biopic. I hate biopics in general. I have done, in any subjectivity, a human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career. But who will give up her career and invent another role. And it will be painful.” Dahan continued, “I understand their point of view. After all, it is their mother. I do not want to provoke anyone. Only to say that it’s cinema.”
The movie will be released in Greece on March 27th, and will also open the Cannes Film Festival this coming May.
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