"Monaco" has been the subject of release-date musical chairs by U.S. distributor the
The shift to a Cannes premiere is especially notable because it was at the festival a full year before that Harvey Weinstein made a big push for "Monaco" at a special event he held for his then-upcoming summer and fall releases -- they also included "Mandela" and "August: Osage County" -- even bringing out Kidman to flog the upcoming film.
"Monaco" centers on the early-1960s dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's
The Cannes opening, which often features a broad entertainment with few political overtones --
Among the interesting story lines this year, then, will be how much the monarchy is represented at the splashy event in Cannes, which is only about 30 miles from Monaco but of course has a distinct identity.
The Weinstein Co. has not announced a new date for "Monaco," but most movies that open Cannes hit U.S. theaters shortly after. ("Gatsby," with its U.S. date already set for the week before, was the rare exception.)
Despite the multiple postponements, there's reason to think the strategy could work: "Gatsby" became a hit with its new date. And Dahan, incidentally, previously helmed
to an Oscar as Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose."
The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14 to 25 in the south of France, with Jane Campion heading up the competition jury.