The Palace: Roman Polanski’s film canceled “in disaster” in Paris – Cinema News

The Palace: Roman Polanski’s film canceled “in disaster” in Paris – Cinema News
The Palace: Roman Polanski’s film canceled “in disaster” in Paris – Cinema News

Roman Polanski’s latest film, “The Palace”, will ultimately not be seen in cinemas in Paris. As reported by Le Figaro, the only Parisian theater planned for the film has decided to deprogram the feature film “in disaster”.

It is in a very particular context that The Palace, Roman Polanski’s latest film, arrives, as we wrote the day before its release. The verdict in one of Roman Polanski’s trials fell on Tuesday May 14 (the latter was acquitted in the face of actress Charlotte Lewis).

Furthermore, the film is released in a particular cinema calendar, since the launch of the 77th Cannes Film Festival monopolizes all the attention.

The newspaper Le Parisien revealed a few days ago that Roman Polanski’s film was only being released in 82 theaters throughout France (versus 520 theaters for J’accuse in 2019), and among these 82 theaters, one of she was in Paris.

No rooms in Paris

Ultimately, the film was canceled in Paris after only one screening. The information is reported by Le Figaro who was present at this screening at Studio Galande. The newspaper summarizes: “The director of Studio Galande explains “having been trapped” by the distributor of The Palace. At the only session maintained, demonstrators presented themselves in front of the cinema. As well as the distributor, very unhappy.

Le Figaro continues: ““I wasn’t aware of these stories around Polanski.” The director of the Studio Galande cinema, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, Hicham Benmohammed, is the only professional who had scheduled screenings of Roman Polanski’s new film, The Palace, in Paris. But, in the afternoon, its director announced to us that he was finally canceling the film. Hicham Benmohammed assures that he is not aware of Roman Polanski’s legal affairs. He considers it “professional misconduct”, “carelessness” to have programmed it. He even explains “having been trapped” by the distributor who “sold him the film”.” The film recorded 45 admissions during this unique Parisian screening.

An unusual distributor

After being selected by the Venice Festival out of competition last September, The Palace remained for several months without a French distributor. To the point that some people were wondering about the potential theatrical release of the film. It was ultimately the small structure called Swashbuckler, which usually specializes in re-releasing heritage films, which embarked on the project of releasing the film.

What is The Palace about?

In a large hotel, on the evening of December 31, 1999, at the dawn of the new millennium, the crossed destinies of several guests and the staff of this establishment located in the Swiss Alps.

The Palace is Roman Polanski’s 24th feature film. Filming took place in 2022, in Switzerland, in the 5-star Gstaad Palace hotel. The plot takes the form of a closed session. In the cast, we find among the most famous personalities Fanny Ardant, John Cleese and Mickey Rourke. German actor Oliver Masucci, as well as Portuguese actor Joaquim de Almeida, complete the cast.

Corrosive criticism

Already freshly welcomed in Venice (Variety spoke of a “dead silence” in the room, as Le Parisien recalls), The Palace arrives accompanied by cold reviews for its French release. For the newspaper 20 Minutes, it is a “titanic shipwreck“.”We come away with the demoralizing and sticky impression of having witnessed a titanic shipwreck without a life-saving board and without a precious necklace. Like the jokes of an old uncle whom we adored when we were children and whom we now avoid during over-watered family meals, the film constitutes a painful experience: it does not make you angry, it makes pain.”

On the Parisian side, we summarize as follows: “What is this movie like? A big, sweet, stuffy, indigestible meringue. (…) Never really funny, this festival of cynicism and vulgarity ends in fragments of glass and confetti

and by a close-up of the marquise’s dog conscientiously sodomizing a penguin“.

In 20 Minutes, we can also read: “Even if we were raised to respect dear old heads and great filmmakers of the past, we realize very (too?) quickly that The Palace is a film about libidinous old gentlemen a little too focused on scatology and bad butt jokes. funny ones that we should no longer want to do in the 2020s.

In Premiere: “It’s a film so aggressive, ugly and misanthropic that one could reasonably argue that Polanski intended it as a middle finger. A spit, designed to arouse the anger of the movie-going crowd, the sacrificial act of an author who, as he knows he will not leave the stage amid applause, chooses to encourage boos.

The Palace by Roman Polanski, with Fanny Ardant, John Cleese, Oliver Masucci, was released in cinemas on May 15, 2024.

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