Cannes Selects Opening Night Film: ‘Grace of Monaco,’ Starring Nicole Kidman

Cannes Selects Opening Night Film: 'Grace of Monaco,' Starring Nicole Kidman

UPDATE: The Weinstein Company has taken “Grace of Monaco” off their release calendar — it was originally supposed to hit theaters in March, but that has changed with the news that the film will open Cannes 2014.

EARLIER: Olivier Dahan’s Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman, is set to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

The film, which has stateside distribution with the Weinstein Company, was originally slated to hit US theaters in time for the current Oscar season, but was pushed back until this spring. Last we heard Dahan was tussling with Weinstein over final edit.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress
Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when
she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed “the
marriage of the century”. An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star,
having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred
Zinnemann) and acclaimed the world over. Six years later, amid occasional
difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred
Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening
to tax and even annex Monaco, the tiny Principality whose monarch Kelly had
become. Was she still an actress? Was she really Princess of Monaco?

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Andre Bazin

Fred Zinnemann is "one of the greatest"? Only in the fevered imagination of the Weinstein Bros. Hope this isn't another of those detestable "Hitchcock was a perv" things.

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