Fall from Grace?

Row simmers on over Cannes opening film.

by Richard Mowe

Red carpet traumas for Grace Of Monaco
Red carpet traumas for Grace Of Monaco

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has not even begun - but already the drama is hotting up behind the scenes with reports today that Harvey Weinstein is considering dropping the United States distribution rights to the opening film Grace Of Monaco (world premiere on 14 May).

Variety (the industry publication) reports that Weinstein remains unhappy with the finished version of the title which starts Nicole Kidman in the role of actress turned princess Grace Kelly and Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III.

Meanwhile the film's French director Olivier Dahan who made the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, remains adamant that the version that will show in Cannes is his director's cut in line with France's "droit d'auteur" - and there is no alternative. He has already gone on record as saying that he would fight to preserve his cut.

The film is scheduled for release in France after its Cannes screening with openings in other countries due to follow. It is believed that Weinstein wanted to include more footage on Grace Kelly's time in Holllywood and was keen to shape it as an Oscar contender for next year's awards. If Weinstein drops the film then Gaumont, its producers and French distributor, would look to find another US buyer.

According to Variety a media release sent to US journalists last week made no mention of Grace Of Monaco among the Weinstein titles in Cannes.

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