FAREWELL, MY QUEENThe first one is for FAREWELL, MY QUEEN, a French film which will premiere this February at famous Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Benoit Jacquot the story of the film is set in Versailles in July 1789. Unrest is growing in the court of King Louis the XVI. The people are rebelling - a revolution is imminent. Behind the facades of the royal palaces, everyone is thinking of fleeing, including Queen Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) and her entourage. Among her ladies-in-waiting is Sidonie Laborde (Lea Seydoux) who as the Queen's reader has become
I'm not sure if we need another Marie Antoinette film after Sofia Copolla's horrid flop with Kirsten Dunst, especially with Diane Kruger (who isn't really a good actress, remember her shockingly bad acting in TROY?) in the lead role, but we shall give this one a benefit of the doubt.
DAKOTA FANNING'S EFFIEAnother period film for today is the one with young Dakota Fanning in the lead role in a period drama EFFIE which revolves around Effie Gray, a teenager who married famous London art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in the 1850s but he refused to consummate the marriage since he was repulsed by her body even though Effie was considered a gorgeous girl. In the end she turned her affections to Ruskin's protege, famous Victorian painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). It' s interesting that the story was written by Emma Thompson who will also appear in the film beside two legends
It is also interesting that the first candidates for the lead roles were Saoirse Ronan and Orlando Bloom and that Greg Wise is