The idea of doing a political biopic while the film’s subject is still in office – like Oliver Stone‘s W. – is kind of a risky proposition. After all, the media attention surrounding it is sometimes enough to make a production hectic, but there’s also the risk that audiences won’t find much interest in seeing a movie centered around someone they hear about in the news every day.
Still, the French have taken that route with The Conquest, which has just gotten a trailer at The Playlist. A biopic of their current leader Nicolas Sarkozy, the film stars Denis Podalydès as the President, with director Xavier Durringer showing us his rise to power. The America-friendly politician (nicknamed “Sarkozy the American” by his own people) shows up in the news frequently, and it seems like his private life isn’t exactly private at this point. Because of this, I can’t say that I got the vibe from the trailer that this would be showing many new things. Still, it looks like it could make a good political story, so it may at least have entertainment value going for it.
Watch the trailer below:
The Conquest opens in France in May, with a submission having been made for the Cannes Film Festival. No release date has been set in America, although I’d expect it to hit the United States by the end of the year.
What do you think of this trailer? Do you have any interest in the subject matter?