Q&A SESSION:
Farewell my queen


On Tuesday 21th of March at Palace Cinema Como you will see a special screening of:

Farewell My Queen

 

Buy your tickets here!

 

Screening followed by Q&A with Prof Véronique Duché


About The Q&A..

Based on a best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, Benoît Jacquot’s film  Farewell my Queen (2012) tells of the fall of the French monarchy, through the eyes of a young girl, one of the Queen's readers at Versailles. We will discuss the challenges and the historical accuracy of this cinematic adaptation.
Prof. Véronique Duché is the convenor of French Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are Early Modern French and European literature and cultural history.
 

 

France, Spain
2011 / Drama
Running time : 1h40
Director : Benoît Jacquot
Starring : Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois

 

“Versailles:
a chronicle of a death foretold”

Synopsis

It is Versailles on the eve of the French Revolution and Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger, Fly Me to the Moon AF FFF13) delights in the company of her personal reader, Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux, Beauty and the Beast, AF FFF15), who in turn revels in the unusually intimate if platonic attentions of her queen. As the storming of the Bastille becomes more imminent, tensions rise within the palace walls. Amongst the hectic commotion and amusingly confused and clueless noblemen, Sidonie comes to realise that the queen’s highest favour may not in fact lie with her, but with another. Unwilling to accept this state of affairs, the crafty Sidonie puts her intelligence to use, hatching a cunning ploy to win the affection she so desperately craves.
Magnificently shot and delivered by a superb cast, this film delves into an exquisite, dying world with such intimacy, it’s as if we are experiencing this significant piece of French history ourselves.





 



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