Last year’s Cannes Film Festival was a banner event for beloved French actress and filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot, as her “Standing Tall” (which she both wrote and directed) opened the festival and then she walked away from the fest with the Best Actress prize for her stunning turn in Maïwenn’s “My King” (“Mon Roi”).
It’s easy to see why Bercot picked up the award for her work in the film, a daring new take on France’s many tales of amour fou, and one that hinges on her all-timer of a performance, bolstered by a wonderful turn by her co-star Vincent Cassel. The film went on to be nominated for eight César Awards including Best Picture, Actress and Actor, and will soon open in the States.
The film follows Bercot’s Tony, who “is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on the turbulent ten-year relationship she experienced with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Why did they love each other? Who is this man whom she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion?”
You can get taste of that so-called destructive passion in our exclusive trailer, which plays up the strength of both Bercot and Cassel’s performances and the rocky road of their respective characters.
“Mon Roi” will open in New York on August 12 and Los Angeles on August 26. Check out our exclusive trailer below.