‘Embarrassing’ Nicolas Sarkozy’ biopic to debut in Cannes Film Festival

April 15th, 2011 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 15 (ANI): A biopic of Nicolas Sarkozy, which is set to be premiered in the Cannes Film Festival, threatens to turn the unpopular French president into an international laughing stock.

La Conquete (The Conquest) will receive its world premiere at the French festival on May 18 after months of fevered speculation about its content. The drama charts Sarkozy’s victory in the 2007 election.

It also shows him fretting about his height and using colourful language to describe his enemies. Yet it brings out a more sympathetic side of the French leader as he struggles to cope with the break-up of his marriage to Cecilia, his second wife, who left him for another man shortly after the presidential race.

Critics of Sarkozy await its unveiling with glee, after a teasing trailer for the film showed him proclaiming: “I am a Ferrari. You open the hood with white gloves on.”

The premiere spells potential embarrassment for Sarkozy and could dent his bid for a second presidential term at a time when his disapproval rating amongst the French electorate stands at 74 per cent.

The film was made amid such secrecy that the cast members have not been able to view the finished film. Nor have Sarkozy or his aides, but they are unamused by the trailer.

“What we have seen, we do not like at all,” the Telegraph quoted Pierre Charon, Sarkozy’s former adviser, as saying. (ANI)

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