Bravo Media has picked up director Lauren Greenfield’s 2012 Sundance award-winning doc The Queen of Versailles (pictured), which will premiere next year as part of a new documentary strand on the U.S. cable network.
Filmed over three years, the film follows a billionaire family that aims to construct the largest house in America, modeled after the Palace of Versailles, and how those plans are impacted in the aftermath of the recent economic recession. It earned Greenfield a directing prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is due to screen at Hot Docs in May.
“The Queen of Versailles struck an immediate chord for us, depicting in intense and compelling detail, the impact of the recession through the experience of one very affluent family,” Frances Berwick, president of Bravo Media and Style, said in a statement. “It’s gripping, vérité filmmaking at its finest and the perfect film to kick off Bravo’s new thought and talk-provoking documentary strand.”
The Queen of Versailles was produced by Evergreen Pictures. Prior to its television debut, the film will get a summer theatrical run in the United States through Magnolia Pictures.