Harvey Weinstein Explains His Absence From ‘Grace Of Monaco’ Screening At Cannes

Okay movie buffs, here’s what you need to know. The Weinstein Company has the distribution rights to the soon-to-be-released film Grace of Monaco. It tells the true story of  actress Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) and her lavish-yet-turbulent marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Content-wise, it sounds like a slam dunk. Problem is, Harvey Weinstein and the film’s director Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) have had a public war of words in recent months over the final edit. Harvey wanted a lighter, breezier movie, whereas Olivier was intent on a dark, “warts and all’ portrayal.

Fast-forward to this week’s Grace of Monaco opening screening at the Cannes film festival. Harvey’s opted not to attend, prompting the media to assume he’s angrily distanced himself from the film.

Whether true or not, Harvey’s doing his best to quell the rumours. Here’s his official statement on the matter:

“My wife Georgina and I have been in Jordan visiting two Syrian refugee camps, Al Zaatri yesterday and Azraq today. This was a long planned trip with the UNHCR and our friend Neil Gaimon to bring attention to the plight of refugees who have been forced to flee Syria and the incredible work of UNHCR. I’m wishing Olivier, Nicole, Pierre Ange and Uday and the Grace of Monaco team all the best for the screening in Cannes tonight.”;

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