Title: Change of Queens
Premiere: February 15, 2019
Director: Marc Dugain
Written by: Marc Dugain and Chantal Thomas
Music: Eric Chevallier
Distributor: Surtsey Films
Philip V: Lambert Wilson
Luisa Isabel: Anamaria Vartolomei
Felipe de Orleans: Olivier Gourmet
Madame de Ventadour: Catherine Mouchet
Don Luis: Kacey Mottet Klein
Louis XV; Igor van dessel
Mariana Victoria: Juliane Lepoureau
Marshal de Villeroy: Patrick Descamps
Duke of Condé: Thomas Mustin
The Quadra: Gwendolyn Gourvenec
Change of Queens is based on the novel by Chantal Thomas
Synopsis of 'Change of Queens'
After years of war between France and Spain, which have left the two countries weakened, Felipe de Orleans, the regent of France, launches a plan to consolidate peace between the two nations.
He will marry his 12-year-old daughter, Mademoiselle de Montpensier, with the heir to the Spanish throne and Louis XV, the next King of France, with Mariana Victoria, 4, Infanta of Spain.
A teenager and a girl are caught in a web of alliances, betrayals and power games.
About Chantal Thomas
Thomas was born in Lyon in 1945 and raised in Arcachon, Bordeaux, and Paris. His life has included teaching jobs at American and French universities (such as Yale and Princeton), as well as a publishing career. He has published nineteen works, including essays on the Marquis de Sade, Casanova and Marie Antoinette.
In 2002, Thomas published Les adieux à la reine (Farewell, my queen). The novel tells a fictional account of Marie Antoinette's last days in power through the perspective of one of her servants. It won the Femina Prize in 2002, and was later adapted into a film. The film stars Diane Kruger as the titular queen and Léa Seydoux as her maid.
Thomas co-wrote the script and opened the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Helen Falconer of The Guardian called the work "a well-written part of history" with "evocative and observant prose."
Although he disagreed on its classification as a novel, Falconer added that Goodbye, My Queen "gives the reader a real sense of being a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on the issues of the greats and the not so good.
Thomas is currently the research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research.