The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.
The Queen of Versailles is the second feature length documentary by director Lauren Greenfield, after 2006′s Thin. Both films were nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and The Queen of Versailles won the Directing Award at Sundance 2012.
Playing exclusively in Light House Cinema from 07 September 2012.