Maria Antonia is 14 when she marries the French dauphin Louis Auguste. The Austrian girl is taken aback by the grotesque pomp and circumstance of the French court. The whispers and rumors about her lack of offspring take on an edge of menace over the years. When her husband ascends to the throne as Louis XVI. after his grandfather's death, Marie Antoinette delves into the life of luxury with even more abandon. Hermetically isolated from the rest of the world, she doesn notice how France is changing – and that her long-awaited son will not have a throne to ascend to soon.
Meet the director
Sofia Coppola was born in New York City in 1971 to Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola. When she was just a few weeks old, her father cast der as Baby Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER (1972). She continued to act in films like PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED (1986) and STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999). She became world-famous as a writer-director with THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999) and LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003), which earned her a Golden Globe as well as an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. SOMEWHERE won the Gold Lion in Venice 2010. Sofia Coppola often deals with the emotional void beneath glittery surfaces, and the gilded cages of the rich and famous.