The Weinstein Co. have shifted the release of the much anticipated Grace of Monaco to the coming year which has pulled the highly leveled awards contender out of competition in this year’s award season. The announcement appears to be a cautionary step for the distributor to dodge comparisons to the recently premiered biopic Diana which has seen disastrous reviews and reactions from critics.
The picture screened for its first time earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and despite the criticism that was drawn from the Monaco Royal family, stating that the majority of the film was “historically inaccurate” it was reportedly well received by the co-chief of The Weinstein Co. Harvey Weinstein who later reached a deal over distribution of the film. The film is directed by the BAFTA Nominated Olivier Dahan known most for his previous work on La Vie en Rose and also stars the Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman alongside a sensation cast of critically acclaimed actors including Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Milo Ventimiglia and Frank Langella.
The film is set in Monaco during the early 1960s during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion. The film focuses majorly on former Hollywood star Grace Kelly portrayed by Nicole Kidman during a crisis of marriage and identity.
Although Grace of Monaco will not be appearing as a frontrunner during this year’s award season The Weinstein Co. still have a significant fall line up swarming with awards contenders including two of which The Weinstein Co. picked up at the recent Toronto Film Festival including the innovative two part drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Colin Firth’s latest dramatic success The Railway Man. Also picked up by the distributor at the recent Cannes Film Festival is James Gray’s The Immigrant which although has no current release date is scheduled to appear at the New York, Chicago and Napa Valley Film Festivals and is a promising award contender in TWC’s slate alongside August: Osage County, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and John Carney’s Can a Song Save Your Life?. With their whole host of star cast pictures it’s almost certain that Weinstein will be making some appearances throughout the 2014 award season.
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