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Published on Apr 29, 2012
We were sent this preview clip of The Queen of Versailles by Sundance London. Enjoy.
The Queen of Versailles premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary. Sundance Institute provided creative support for the film at the 2011 Creative Producing Summit.
With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David's rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor. Lauren Greenfield instinctively knows what questions to ask, when to ask them, and, more importantly, where to put her camera to mine this overflowing treasure of events. She constructs a series of glowing metaphors to concoct a fascinating character study of parents, children, pets, and household employees as their privileged existence turns upside down. The end result is a portrait of a couple who dared to dream big but lose, still maintaining their unique brand of humility.
Award Winner: 2012 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Directing Award: Documentary
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Frank Evers, Dan Cogan PRODUCERS Lauren Greenfield, Danielle Renfrew Behrens COPRODUCER Rebecca Horn Black CINEMATOGRAPHER Tom Hurwitz EDITOR Victor Livingston COMPOSER Jeff Beal