When director Olivier Dahan’s Nicole Kidman-starring Grace of Monaco was pushed off a 2013 release date, forfeiting its chances at any awards season glory, rumors swirled that the film was both not ready for the big screen and the subject of major clashes between Dahan and notoriously edit-happy producer Harvey Weinstein. But either those rumors were just a diversion or Dahan and Weinstein have reached a very good place in the film, because it will now open the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Well, if it’s ready in time.
THR reports that Dahan’s biopic has been picked to open the festival on May 14, with the first night of the fabled film festival also serving as the film’s official world premiere. Dahan, however, has yet to deliver to the film to Weinstein and his Weinstein Company, and the outlet somewhat amusingly shares that “the film’s Cannes release date puts pressure on Dahan to complete and deliver his final version the film” (you think?). Dahan and Weinstein reportedly disagreed about many elements of the finished film, and Dahan has even been quoted as saying that there are “two versions” of the film. Which one will Cannes audiences see in May? At this point, who knows!
The film stars Kidman as Grace Kelly, beloved Hollywood star turned princess of Monaco, with Tim Roth appearing as her husband Prince Rainier.
While Grace of Monaco was never given an official U.S. release date after it was yanked late last year, it was set to premiere in France on March 19. It has now been pulled from that date, and a new release date is yet to be announced.
As high profile as opening Cannes sounds, the film will not be playing in competition and will not be eligible for any awards. Opening night is also a mixed bag at the fest, boasting such great films as Moulin Rouge!, Up, and Moonrise Kingdom, along with the not-so-great The Barber of Siberia (what?), Robin Hood, and The DaVinci Code. Which category will Dahan’s film fall under after its bow?
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