Lauren Greenfield wins directing award for “Queen of Versailles”

Click to view video of the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony. Lauren Greenfield is presented with the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary at about the 1:29 mark.

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Congratulations to Lauren Greenfield, who at the Sundance Film Festival last night was presented with the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary for her film The Queen of Versailles. “I want to especially thank Jackie Segal and her family for bravely sticking with the story when it changed in unexpected ways,” Lauren said in her acceptance speech. She also thanked the team at the Sundance Documentary Program, “who saw a social-issue film where others saw a reality show.”

The film’s synopsis:

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor. (Read more: “Queen of Versailles—Online Film Guide, Sundance Institute.”)

As we noted last week, Magnolia Pictures purchased The Queen of Versailles, and The Hollywood Reporter indicates the film will be released in theaters this summer. “The Queen of Versailles brilliantly encapsulates the salient issues of the American economic downturn, while also being one of the jaw-droppingly entertaining films I’ve seen in a very long time,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement quoted by THR. “Lauren Greenfield is an exceptionally talented filmmaker with a wonderfully humanistic touch, and she has found a truly magnetic, charismatic star in Jackie Siegel.” (Read more: “Sundance 2012: Magnolia Buys ‘Queen Of Versailles’ Documentary.”)

Here are some more stills of Lauren accepting her award, as well as one of Frank Evers—her husband and one of the film’s producers, proudly watching from the audience, his eyes filled with tears…

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Lauren Greenfield making her way to the podium to accept her award.

Lauren's husband, Frank Evers—who is also a producer of "The Queen of Versailles"—watches from the audience.

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