The Queen of Versailles

Documentary | USA 2012 | 103' | OV

The ultra-rich and beautiful might aswell live on another planet: David Siegel is a real estate billionaire, has married a former model 30 years his junior and now plans to build the largest domestic residence in the US for his family, a second Versailles palace. Just then the economic crisis hits, real estate credits go down the drains in a hurry, and his whole life’s work is in danger. Thus he somehow tries to tell his wife to live less extravagantly… Lauren Greenfield made a name for herself as a lifestyle documentary filmmaker, and this film, which won her a directing award in Sundance, is her masterpiece. Her sympathy with the Siegels is palpable, and she is lucky to not have to expose them and their castles in the air – the crisis does that job for her. That way a documentary about the building of a palace turned into a touching and absurdly funny »riches to rags« story about the fragility of wealth and personal differences that not even money can make disappear.

Producers
Lauren Greenfield, Danielle Renfrew Behrens
Executive Producers
Frank Evers, Dan Cogan
Director
Lauren Greenfield
Photography
Tom Hurwitz
Editor
Victor Livingston
Sound
Michael Jones
Music
Jeff Beal
Production Companies
Evergreen Pictures/BBC Storyville/Impact Partners/Candescent Films/Plus Pictures/DR Danish Broadcasting Corporation/VPRO

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Selected filmography Dan Cogan

NO IMPACT: THE DOCUMENTARY (2009), CHILDREN OF INVENTION (2008), SECRETS OF THE TRIBE (2010), HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2011)