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by Benoît Jacquot


Versailles in July 1789. There’s growing disquiet at the court of King Louis XVI: the people are defiant and the country is on the brink of revolution. Behind the scenes at the royal palaces emergency plans are being made. Although nobody believes that this spells the end of the established order everyone is talking of escape, including Queen Marie Antoinette and her entourage. One of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting is Sidonie Laborde who, as the Queen’s reader, is a member of the monarch’s inner circle. Concerned that her escape might fail, the queen gives instructions for the girl to step into her carriage dressed in the queen’s clothes while the queen herself is to escape from the palace unseen at night. At first Sidonie is proud to have such an honour bestowed upon her – but she soon realises that her mistress’ request has nothing to do with her affection for her.

international title: Farewell My Queen
original title: Les Adieux à la reine
country: France, Spain
sales agent: Elle Driver
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Benoît Jacquot
film run: 100'
release date: FR 21/03/2012, BE 21/03/2012, NL 19/04/2012, CZ 03/05/2012, ES 04/05/2012, DE 31/05/2012, GR 28/06/2012, EE 17/08/2012, PT 27/09/2012
screenplay: Benoît Jacquot, Gilles Taurand
cast: Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky, Grégory Gadebois, Xavier Beauvois
cinematography by: Romain Winding
film editing: Luc Barnier
art director: Katia Wyszko
costumes designer: Christian Gasc, Valérie Ranchoux
music: Bruno Coulais
producer: Jean-Pierre Guérin, Kristina Larsen, Pedro Uriol
production: GMT Productions, Les Films du Lendemain, Morena Films
distributor: Ad Vitam, Capelight, Lumière, Lumière, Praesens Film AG, Karma Films, Spentzos Film, Clap Filmes, A Plus Films


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2012 In Competition

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