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Raging with unbridled passion, sex and violence, Patrice Chéreau's multiple César winning film is a grandiose adaptation of the historical novel of Alexandre Dumas. Isabelle Adjani is luminous and fearless in her portrayal of Marguerite de Valois, cast against this ravishing bodice-ripping drama which is both powerful and provocative.
The film begins in 1572, when tensions between Catholics and Protestants are at an all-time high. The country’s ruler is Charles IX however his manipulative mother, Catherine de Médici (Virna Lisi), is the real power behind the throne. In a calculated move, Catherine marries her Catholic daughter, Marguerite to prominent Protestant Huguenot Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil). This unleashes a complex series of events including various murderous plots and romantic affairs, culminating in the notorious St. Bartholomew's Day massacre when tens of thousands of Protestants are slaughtered.
Queen Margot was Chéreau’s greatest success, having won the Jury Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and five César Awards, including Adjani’s fourth Best Actress Award. Rarely has history been brought to life in such an electrifying way.
César Awards – French Film industry awards (France, 1995)
– César Award for Best Actress: Isabelle Adjani
– César Award for Best Supporting Actor: Jean-Hugues Anglade
– César Award for Best Costume Design: Moldele Blckel
– César Award for Best Cinematography: Philippe Rousselot
Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1994)
– Special Jury Prize
– Award for Best actress: Virna Lisl
Sunday 3rd November
Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez
French with English Subtitles
Palace Norton St, Astor Theatre