My King

Nov 11 - Nov 13, 2016

(Maïwenn, France, 2015, 125 min, French with English subtitles)

Seattle premiere!

After a serious ski accident, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot, in a Cannes Best Actress Award-winning performance) is admitted to a rehabilitation center to recover from a traumatic knee injury. It is there, dependent on medical staff and painkillers, that she is able to look back on the turbulent ten-year relationship she shared with Georgio (Vincent Cassell), a charming and completely self-obsessed restaurateur. Acclaimed actor-director Maïwenn captures the breathless and tempestuous romance in retrospect through flashbacks of passion, eruptions, betrayals, reconciliations, and life-altering decisions. Bercot and Cassel's harrowingly committed and nerve-fraying performances command every second of My King. Unflinching in its raw emotionality, My King recounts “with directness and humor” a woman’s difficult process of healing physically and psychologically from a deep and destructive love.


Best known in America as the alien opera singer Diva Plavalaguna in Luc Besson’s 1997 sci-fi spectacle “The Fifth Element,” Maïwenn has since gained international acclaim as a director. Her film “Polisse,” which centers on the Child Protection Unit of the Paris Police Department was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, was nominated for thirteen César Awards and earned Maïwenn the Lumières Award for Best Director. With My King, Maïwenn secures her place as a bold and assured new voice in French cinema.


"Bercot is heartbreaking, and Cassel has never been better... it's clear that Maïwenn has something to say - and a clear, strong style with which to express it."  – Peter Debruge, Variety


"Perhaps what's really different about this film, unlike the innumerable others where someone falls in love with someone else who turns out to be bad news, is that it's from a woman's perspective for a change, and she's the relatively sane one bewitched by beauty and charm.”

– Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter


Maïwenn . . . knows how to make dysfunction delicious and self-destruction a blast”

– Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times





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