The Toronto Film Festival has announced it’s first slate of movies that are part of their line-up and “A Little Chaos” is part of the Gala Presentations line-up. Matthias stars in the movie alongside The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 4-14. The movie will have it’s first screenings on September 13 followed by another screening the next day. It was also announced that “The Drop” is also part of the official line-up. Be sure to head over to the official website for more information about the festival and tickets.
A Little Chaos | Gala Presentations
Commissioned to construct King Louis XIV’s garden at Versailles, a landscape designer (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet) battles professionally and romantically with the king’s chief architect (Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone), in this sumptuous historical drama from actor-director Alan Rickman.
“I embrace my rival, but only to strangle him.” — Jean Racine
In love, the reverse can also be true. Kate Winslet plays a revolutionary gardener at the court of Louis XIV in Alan Rickman’s gorgeous and entertaining A Little Chaos. Winslet’s Madame de Barra has a fierce competitive streak, and that passion extends beyond the gardens of Versailles into more intimate quarters.
Determined to prove that France can conjure unparalleled splendour, King Louis XIV (Rickman) commissions the renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to design the grand gardens for the Palace of Versailles. Le Notre is famous for his exacting sense of symmetry and scale. When Sabine de Barra meets him for a job interview, it’s an immediate clash of opposites. She prizes spontaneity, surprise, and the freedom of nature in her design. She is also a woman, which raises more than a few eyebrows when Le Notre decides to hire her.
But as often happens, getting the job was the easy part. Versailles is a hornet’s nest of intrigue, with courtiers scheming to undermine each other, and making mockery a public sport. Le Notre’s wife (Helen McCrory) suspects a rival in the attractive and free-spirited de Barra; she’s determined to stop this woman, even if it threatens her own husband’s career. And with an impatient king demanding to see his grand gardens complete, de Barra must navigate a personal and professional maze to reach her goal.
Rickman directs A Little Chaos with the bite of a Racine play, although this is very much a comedy. He and Winslet have some delightful exchanges, while Stanley Tucci is hilarious as a court dandy. Schoenaerts (also at the Festival in The Drop) continues to prove himself a magnetic presence on screen. Apart from the flora, it is his masculine character that excites de Barra’s passions.
Alan Rickman was born in London. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, the Royal College of Art, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has a prolific and acclaimed filmography as an actor. He has directed the films The Winter Guest (97) and A Little Chaos (14).
Director(s): Alan Rickman
Country: United Kingdom
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Runtime: 116 minutes
Cast & Credits
Executive Producer: Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, Richard Wolfe
Producer: Gail Egan, Andrea Calderwood, Bertrand Faivre
Production Company: Potboiler Productions, The Bureau
Principal Cast: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci
Screenplay: Alison Deegan, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Brock
Cinematographer: Ellen Kuras ASC
Editor: Nicolas Gaster
Sound: Gareth John
Music: Peter Gregson
Production Designer: James Merifield