opening night film of the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival will be Farewell, My Queen, an opulent costume drama about the isolated court of Louis XVI at Versailles on the days following the Storming of the Bastille. We witness the gradually evolving chaos through the eyes of Sidonie, an unblinkingly loyal young servant whose job is to read to Marie-Antoinette & who eventually turns out to have other uses to the queen. The mood is suspenseful, & frequent use of a hand-held camera gives the settings a modern feel.
Farewell, My Queen plays Thursday, April 19, 7:00pm at the Castro. Director Benoït Jacquot is expected to attend.
§ Les adieux à la reine (Farewell, My Queen)
director, Benoït Jacquot
France/Spain, 2012, 99 min