Bermuda Docs and the BUEI are teaming up for a second screening of The Queen of Versailles, the Sundance award-winning film that opened last weekend’s festival in front of a completely sold out Tradewinds Auditorium.
The film will screen this Friday, October 26, at 6.30 p.m. at the BUEI. Tickets are on sale now at the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 297-7314.
Lauren Greenfield won the Directing Award at Sundance for her sharply observed and deliciously funny portrait of the fascinating and just slightly loveable Siegel family, Jackie and David.
He is a self-made billionaire in his early 70s, the owner of Westgate Resorts — the world’s largest privately-held timeshare company. “I got George Bush elected … it may not necessarily have been legal,” he says. She is 30 years younger, a former Mrs. Florida — and, by turns, ridiculous and compelling, shallow and shrewd, tough and generous, farcical and fun.
We meet them as they embark on the construction of a 90,000 square foot mansion that is one part Versailles, and several parts Vegas. Then the economic downturn begins to bite. His business dries up, construction stops and now Jackie takes the limo … to McDonald’s.
This is an entertaining riches-to-rags tale of the American family writ absurdly large.