The Sacramento French Film Festival Opening Night Film: The Royal Exchange

The Sacramento French Film Festival Opening Night Film: The Royal Exchange

Fri, June 15, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Crest Theatre

Sacramento, CA

$16-$17 ( including facility fee)

The Sacramento French Film Festival Opening Night Film: The Royal Exchange
The Sacramento French Film Festival Opening Night Film: The Royal Exchange
The 2018 Sacramento French Film Festival is back at the Crest Theatre for its 17th edition June 15-17 & 22-24! For more information on the entire Sacramento French Film Festival program, and ticket and pass pricing, visit Tickets and passes will be available at the door, and advance purchase options are explained on the Festival website.

The 2018 Sacramento French Film Festival opens on Friday, June 15 with THE ROYAL EXCHANGE (L'ECHANGE DES PRINCESSES), a stunning and unusual costume drama based on the eponymous best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, from director Marc Dugain.

In 2018, a royal marriage looks like a fairytale: Prince Harry falls in love with a beautiful commoner, Meghan Markle, and their marriage is celebrated around the world. Things were different in the 18th century, when princesses were used as pawns in the political games of the day. This is one of those true stories. True but probably not entirely accurate... Nevertheless, it is the kind of fascinating historical romance that says a lot about power.

A bit of historical background: The possibility of Louis, Duke of Anjou, great grandson of Louis XIV, becoming king seemed very remote: his uncle, father, and elder brother were ahead of him in the line of succession, after all of Louis XIV's children had died. However, after all three of them died from measles, Louis' governess famously saved him from inept doctors. He survived to inherit his great grandfather's throne and become Louis XV at the age of five. He will be king for more than 58 years (1715-1774), the second-longest reign in the history of France, exceeded only by his predecessor, Louis XIV.

In 1721, Louis XV (Igor van Dessel) is only 11 years old - less than two years away from his thirteenth birthday when he will come of age and fully reign in his own name. Till then, his cousin, Philippe d'Orléans (Olivier Gourmet) is the Regent of France. Wanting to seal the peace with Spain after years of war, he offers to the Spanish King (Lambert Wilson) a marriage between their respective heirs: Louis XV will marry Maria Anna Victoria (Juliane Lepoureau), the 4-year-old Spanish infanta; while Philippe d'Orléans' daughter, Mademoiselle de Montpensier (Anamaria Vartolomei), age 12, will marry the 14-year-old heir to the Spanish throne. Madrid responds enthusiastically to both proposals, and the ceremonies are promptly organized. The exchange of the princesses is to take place with great pomp at the border of the two countries, where the young girls are to leave everything they had and everyone they knew behind.

Following the screening, stay for a Champagne party included in the price of admission.

Ticket price:
$17 General Admission (includes $1 Crest Facility Fee)
$16 Discount Admission (Seniors 62+ and Students) (includes $1 Crest Facility Fee)
Venue Information:
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814