The Queen of Versailles (feature) – A critically lauded Sundance documentary, directed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield— who won Best Director at Sundance 2012. Filmed over three years, it intimately captures the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream as an abundantly wealthy family’s fortunes turn.
The documentary follows billionaires Jackie and David Siegel, who are constructing the largest house in America—a 90,000 square foot dream home modeled after the palace of Versailles. As a result of the financial crisis, their extravagant plans are put on hold. David’s time-share business runs into difficulties, and the filmmaker captures the Siegel’s turn of fortune. While delivering big laughs, the film also manages to be a moving, clear-eyed snapshot of a unique and sobering moment in our history, as we are forced to reevaluate the sustainability of the American dream.
Acclaimed documentary photographer/filmmaker, Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism, as a result of her monographs Girl Culture, Fast Forward, THIN and other photographic works, which have been widely published, exhibited, and collected by leading museums around the world. The Queen of Versailles was selected as the Opening Night film of Sundance 2012 where it garnered critical acclaim and won the Best Director Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Lauren has previously directed three award-winning documentary films – THIN, kids + money, and Beauty CULTure. Her work was recently showcased in the Getty Museum’s historical exhibition, “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties” (2010).
Producer: Evergreen Pictures
Source: Bravo press release