Grace of Monaco (film)
|Grace of Monaco|
|Directed by||Olivier Dahan|
|Written by||Arash Amel|
|Editing by||Olivier Gajan|
|Release date(s)||December 27, 2013|
Grace of Monaco is a forthcoming American French biography film about a particular moment in the life of Grace Kelly, directed by Olivier Dahan and written by Arash Amel. The film stars Nicole Kidman in the titular role. It also features a supporting cast of Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, Paz Vega, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Milo Ventimiglia and Tim Roth.
Grace of Monaco is scheduled for worldwide release starting Christmas 2013.
Grace of Monaco is focused on former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle and a looming French military invasion of the principality in the early 1960s.
- Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly
- Tim Roth as Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
- Frank Langella as Father Francis Tucker
- Parker Posey as Madge Tivey-Faucon
- Milo Ventimiglia as Rupert Allen
- Derek Jacobi as Count Fernando D'Ailieres
- Paz Vega as Maria Callas
- Geraldine Somerville as Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy
- Robert Lindsay as Aristotle Onassis
- Nicholas Farrell as Jean-Charles Rey
- Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Alfred Hitchcock
- Jeanne Balibar as Countess Baciocchi
- Yves Jacques as Mr. Delavenne
- Olivier Rabourdin as Emile Pelletier
- Flora Nicholson as Phyllis Blum
- Philip Delancy as Robert McNamara
The script, written by Arash Amel, was listed in the 2011 Hollywood Black List of the most liked unproduced screenplays written in that year and sold to French-based producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam in a competitive bid.
Production on the film began in September 2012, in Paris and Menton, France. In October 2012, the production moved to Italy, first to Grimaldi, the village near Ventimiglia, which bares the name of the royal house of Monaco, then in Mortola, near Ventimiglia at Villa Hanbury. The production was granted permission to close Monaco's main square for 24 hours between October 29–30, 2012, during this time, the cast were seen filming outside and around the Monte Carlo Casino. In November 2012, and again in January 2013, the production was in Genoa, Italy, on the housed set in the Royal Palace in Via Balbi, where the Hall of Mirrors replicate the residence of the royal court of Monaco.
Royal Family 
On January 16, 2013, shortly after filming ended, Prince Albert II, his sisters Princess Caroline and Princess Stéphanie (the children of Grace Kelly) criticised the subject matter of the approved script, describing it as "needlessly glamorised and historically inaccurate", and "numerous requests for changes" had been ignored, which "had caused much astonishment". The statement continued, "Therefore, the Royal Family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic. It recounts one rewritten, needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco, and its family with both major historical inaccuracies, and a series of purely fictional scenes."
In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro in December 2012, the star of the film, Nicole Kidman hinted that the movie would be a character study, stating, "This is not a biopic or a fictionalised documentary of Grace Kelly, but only a small part of her life where she reveals her great humanity as well as her fears, and weaknesses."
The production had previously asserted that the movie does not purport to cover Grace Kelly's life, but a specific moment in her existence, and was filmed in Monaco with the support of the principality.
On January 19, 2013, director Olivier Dahan responded to the royal press release by stating "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." He also stated "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."
- Only named cast listed.
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- Nicole Kidman Plays Grace Kelly in Upcoming Film 'Grace of Monaco' - Yahoo!
- Tim Roth Cast In ‘Grace Of Monaco’ - The Hollywood News
- Tim Roth Joins ‘Grace of Monaco’ Alongside Nicole Kidman and Frank Langella (UPDATE: Parker Posey & Milo Ventimiglia Join) | Dream TV & Movie Casting News - DreamMovieCast
- Le JDD a vu plusieurs scènes de "Grace de Monaco" - leJDD.fr
- Exclu JDD - Olivier Dahan, sur la polémique autour du film "Grace de Monaco" : "Je revendique le droit à la fiction" - leJDD.fr
- Grace Kelly Film in the Works (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
- Monaco's Prince Albert II criticises 'inaccurate' Grace Kelly film - Telegraph
- Le Figaro - Cinéma : Nicole Kidman en état de Grace
- Nicole Kidman. Grace de Monaco, c'est elle - royal-blog - ParisMatch.com