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January 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The French film Les Adieux à la Reine (Farewell, My Queen) has been selected as the opening-night film for this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Benoît Jacquot, the film stars Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette during the first days of the French Revolution as mobs threaten to storm Versailles. The movie focuses on the palace’s servants, including the queen’s ladies-in-waiting — in particular, Sidonie Laborde, played by Léa Seydoux, the woman appointed to read to the queen. It had previously been announced that the film had been selected to compete for Berlin’s top prize, the Golden Bear award. It will be screened at the Berlinale Palast on February 9. In a statement about his work, Jacquot said, “The film will move at the rhythm of Sidonie the reader’s heartbeat, more and more agitated, as disaster spreads.”