The Queen of Versailles is a film about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.
Meet Jackie and David Siegel and their eight children; Jackie is a former beauty queen and David is the billionaire 'Time-Share King' of the world, and they are building their dream home – the USA’s largest single domestic home - modelled on the Versailles palace in France. And then the economic crisis hits. The Queen of Versailles is their story of how, in the face of the worst economic crisis in 100 years, Jackie, David, their children, maids, dogs, employees and business associates struggle to keep the time-share business afloat and finish their dream-home: Versailles, Florida. The Queen of Versailles is a deft and surprisingly subtle piece of filmmaking; Lauren Greenfield’s knowing camera not only interviews but captures private moments in the Siegels’ lives, and she constructs metaphors to create portraits of family, friends, colleagues, nannies and children as their rarefied world is turned upside down. The result is a hypnotic film of a family and the demise of the American Dream.
Acclaimed documentary photographer/filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism, as a result of her monographs 'Girl Culture', 'Fast Forward', 'THIN' and other photographic works, which have been widely published, exhibited, and collected by leading museums around the world. In addition to The Queen of Versailles, Lauren has previously directed three award-winning documentary films – THIN, kids + money, and Beauty CULTure. THIN was selected for the Official Competition at Sundance in 2006, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Direction, and received the prestigious John Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival in 2006. kids + money was also selected for the Official Shorts Program at Sundance 2008, won several Best Doc Awards (AFI, Ann Arbor, Gold Hugo), and was selected as one of the top five nonfiction shorts in the world by Cinema Eye Honors 2009. Beauty CULTure was the featured documentary of the record-setting exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles (Summer 2011), which received the Lucie Award for Exhibition of the Year (2011). American Photo named Lauren one of the 25 most influential photographers working today. Her work was recently showcased in the Getty Museum’s historical exhibition, 'Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties' (2010).
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