Directed by Marc Dugain (France/Belgium, 2017, 100 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.
Based on the book The Exchange of Princesses by Chantal Thomas, who also penned Farewell, My Queen, this sumptuous historical drama tells the true story of two young princesses who are torn from their homes and families to improve political relations between France and Spain. In 1721, the Regent of France proposes a marriage between 11-year-old Louis XV, heir to the French throne, and 4-year-old Maria Anna Victoria, daughter of the King of Spain. The Regent also offers his 12-year-old daughter as a bride for the 14-year-old heir apparent to the Spanish throne. Madrid responds enthusiastically to both proposals, and the ceremonies are promptly organized. But all does not go according to plan, and the young royals find themselves caught in a harrowing web of political intrigue.
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The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.
The Boston French Film Festival is coordinated by Carter Long, Katharine Stone White Curator of Film and Video, Katherine Irving, Alexis Weinrich, and Charles Cohen.
Co-presented with the Cultural Services Office of the French Consulate in Boston.
Additional support provided by the French Cultural Center.