Period films may be Oscar bait for many filmmakers, but are usually avoided by the mainstream moviegoer. Make it based in 16th century France, and you might as well say your good-byes. Think again.
Just out from IFC is the trailer for The Princess of Montpensier, which tells the story of an aristocrat woman who goes against her vow to marry a prince by falling in love with a duke during the plight of the Catholic/Protestant wars. With adultry comes violence, and with violence comes sword fights. Alright, sign me up!
The Princess of Montpensier will be release by Sundance Selects on April 15th in New York, and expand to more than 20 top markets nationwide through April and May. The film will be available nationwide on demand from Sundance Selects on April 20th. See below for full synopsis and trailer:
“In THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER, acclaimed filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (‘ROUND MIDNIGHT) directs a spectacular cast in a riveting, lush romantic drama set in the high courts of 16th Century France. Against the backdrop of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars, Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat, finds herself married to a young prince (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, LOVE SONGS) she does not love, haunted by a rakish suitor Gaspard Ulliel (A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT) from her childhood, and advised by an aging nobleman Lambert Wilson (OF GODS AND MEN), harboring his own forbidden desire for her. The Princess of Montpensier must struggle passionately to stay alive in the intrigue of this corrupt political and romantic web of duty, passion, religion and war.”