Cannes: Monaco Royal Family Calls Grace Kelly Film 'a Farce'

The Monaco royal family is lashing out at Grace of Monaco ahead of the Nicole Kidman-starrer's Cannes debut.

In a statement released Friday, the palace calls the movie "totally fictional" and based on inaccurate and dubious information, saying the film cannot be considered a biopic.

"The trailer appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film," the statement reads in part. "It reinforces the certainty, left after reading the script, that this production, a page of the Principality's history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references. The director and producers refused to take into consideration the many observations made by the Palace because these called into question the entire script and the characters of the film."

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The royal family says it does not wish to be associated with the film. Monaco's Prince Albert is the son of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier.

Grace of Monaco is set to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, with the movie scheduled for release in France that day and rolled out across Europe over the next few weeks.

The film doesn't have a U.S. release date, however, after The Weinstein Co. pulled the film from its 2014 calendar in January.

The movie has been the subject of a reported tiff between director Olivier Dahan and Harvey Weinstein, with the former saying that his film is finished but that he doesn't want to sign off on a version The Weinstein Co. would like to release.

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Read the royal family's full statement below.

On the occasion of the upcoming screening of the film "Grace of Monaco" at the opening of the Cannes Festival on 14 May 2014 and its release in theaters, the Prince's Palace would like to reiterate that this feature film cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic.

The trailer appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film. It reinforces the certainty, left after reading the script, that this production, a page of the Principality's history, is based on erroneous and dubious historical references. The director and producers refused to take into consideration the many observations made by the Palace because these called into question the entire script and the characters of the film.



The Princely Family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film which reflects no reality and regrets that Its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes.

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