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The Queen of Versailles

Synopsis

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES follows billionaires Jackie and David's rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.

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The Filmmakers

Lauren Greenfield Director

Lauren Greenfield is an American artist, documentary photographer, and documentary filmmaker. She has published three monographs of her photographic work, directed four documentary films, exhibited photographic prints in museums throughout the world, and had work published in a variety of leading magazines and other publications around the world. Her photographic work and films generally deals with issues relating to the influence of popular culture on how we live (youth culture, gender identity, body image, eating disorders, media, wealth, fashion, beauty, and consumerism).

In January 2012, Greenfield was awarded the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, US Documentary 2012 for her feature documentary film, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES.

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Festivals & Awards

Sundance Film Festival

2012

Winner - Directing Prize: U.S. Documentary Competition

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

2012

Official Selection

Hot Docs International Film Festival

2012

Official Selection

Silverdocs

2012

Official Selection

True/False

2012

Official Selection

IDA Awards

2012

Nominee - Best Documentary

Critics' Choice Awards

2012

Nominee - Best Documentart Feature

Reviews

A brilliant metaphor for everything screwed up about the U.S. economy and the culture that shaped it.”

-New York Magazine

HILARIOUS AND UPSETTING. It's often laugh-out-loud funny, but also has elements of profound tragedy and allegory.”

-Salon

A sprawling, richly detailed study of ambition, desire and the wild swings of fortune. A gaudy guilty pleasure that is also a piece of trenchant social criticism. If this film is a portrait, it is also a mirror.”

-A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Masterful. A wickedly funny allegory about the American dream...”

-The Huffington Post

GRADE A! SUCCULENTLY ENTERTAINING. The next big documentary-as-cultural touchstone.”

-Entertainment Weekly