The Nicole Kidman starring biopic (of sorts) on Grace Kelly has been selected as the big opening night film of the 2014 edition of Festival de Cannes. On Wednesday 14 May, at the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, Oliver Dahan’s Grace of Monaco will open the festival and will play out of competition. Past openers have included Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness
And it wouldn’t be Cannes without a little controversy. as there is currently a bit of a feud going on between Dahan and The Weinstein Company over final cut of the film. It will be the ‘Director’s Cut’ shown at Cannes, while the film’s March release date has been pulled until the dispute sorts itself out.
Grace of Monaco portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III 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 directors – John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann – and was famous the world over. Six months later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie.