Queen Marie with Roxana Lupu
Historically, there had been many great queens of the world, including Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth I, Marie-Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Cleopatra to name a few. With the fall of monarchies in the past few centuries, Queen Marie tells the tale of the last queen of Romania, who had the influence over World War I and fell victim to the rising of communism.
The period piece film follows the aftermath of Queen Marie as she lobbies for the reunification of the Romania Empire at the 1919 peace talks in Paris. The regions included Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina intended to unite with the Old Kingdom. Obviously, political rifts and strife resulted as controversial treaties try to rearrange the map of Europe and parts of Asia.
The movie stars Roxana Lupu, Daniel Plier, Anghel Damian, Adrian Titieni, Lulia Verdes, and Emil Mandanac. Alexis Sweet Cahill directed the movie from the screenplay written by Brigitte Drodtloff and Maria-Denise Theodoru.
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“Well, there must be plenty of films on the subject, probably shot in Romania as early as cinema itself,” stated director Alexis Sweet Cahill on the attraction. “So I did some research and to my surprise discovered that actually there weren’t any at all.”
There’s plenty of history for Queen Marie biographically. She was born into the British royal family and known as Marie of Edinburgh. She married King Ferdinand I and eventually convinced him to pick a side during the Great War. Due to the rise of communism, she struggled to maintain power and popularity as the last monarch of the country.
“Reading her life story provoked a passion in me for Her Majesty and my only regret that we weren’t making her life story in a 3 season TV series because there’s definitely enough stories and intrigue in Maria di Sassonia-Coburgo-Gotha’s life and loves to fill that space,” he continued. “The script Gabi sent me recounts a small but crucial part of her story yet a huge episode in Romanian history. I felt it was an important chapter to tell especially with the fact that a Romanian public has literally been starved of tales of their own Royal family.”
Queen Marie releases VOD and digitally on May 7.
Check out the first trailer and poster below. Let us know what you think.
Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films