BERLIN — French director Benoit Jacquot’s historical drama “Les Adieux a la reine” (Farewell My Queen) will open this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
The adaptation of Chantal Thomas’ award-winning novel stars Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux (“Midnight in Paris”) and Virginie Ledoyen (“Army of Crime”).
“Farewell My Queen” chronicles the first days of the French Revolution from the perspective of the servants at Versailles while also drawing parallels to the present: as unrest grows in the court of Louis XVI, everyone is thinking of fleeing, including Marie Antoinette (Kruger) and her entourage, among them lady-in-waiting Sidonie Laborde (Seydoux).
Taking part in the competition, the French-Spanish co-production will vie for Berlin’s Golden Bear against such pics as Brillante Mendoza’s terrorist drama “Captive,” starring Isabelle Huppert, Antonio Chavarrias’ “Childish Games”; and Edwin’s “Postcards From the Zoo.”
The Berlinale runs Feb. 9-19.