23 March, 2012

French Epic Opens San Francisco Film Festival

by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor

The 55th edition of North America’s oldest film event, the San Francisco International Film Festival, will open on April 19 with the French period epic FAREWELL MY QUEEN, directed by the prolific Benoît Jacquot. The film is an atmospheric historical drama about the turmoil at the court of Versailles in the early days of the French revolution, with German superstar Diane Kruger as Queen Marie Antoinette and Léa Seydoux as her reader and confidante. The film will screen at the historic Castro Theater, with the director and special guests expected to attend, followed by the Opening Night Party at San Francisco’s chic art gallery, Terra. The film opened the Berlin International Film Festival in February and was also featured in the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema program at the Film Society of Lincoln Center earlier this month. It will hit U.S. theaters via distributor Cohen Media Group in May. For information on the full SFIFF program and other events coordinated by the San Francisco Film Society, visit:

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