Fifty-four weeks after Grace of Monaco was dismissed by critics at its Cannes Film Festival premiere, the embattled biopic of Grace Kelly debuted Monday night on Lifetime with an added bonus for interested parties: a live-tweet commentary from screenwriter Arash Amel.
“The purpose of this live tweet is to correct the record, an explanation, an apology and most of all a bit of light hearted fun,” Amel wrote before kicking things off.
The drama, which stars Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, screened in European theaters last year. But Grace of Monaco never received a proper theatrical release in North America after being bumped off its scheduled November 2013 date by The Weinstein Company, which had acquired U.S. distribution rights. Director Olivier Dahan battled Harvey Weinstein over edits and marketing, and slammed the producer in an 2013 interview with French publication Liberation: “They want a commercial film, that is to say at the grass roots, removing everything above […] removing all that is cinema, everything that makes life,” Dahan said. “Here, in this case, they made a trailer that did not fit the movie, and then they try to make the film look like the trailer, this is absurd.”
On Monday night, Amel didn’t mention Dahan by name, but did provide some fascinating insights into where the film went awry. He also praised Kidman’s performance and had positive things to say about working with Weinstein on the project’s various edits. A sampling of the commentary is below; head to Amel’s Twitter page for the full account.