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Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette: Fact or Fiction

Thursday 1 September 2016
This event is now sold out.

5 – 6:30 pm
Tapas and drinks in the Water Court Foyer. Try on some Marie-Antoinette wigs and take a selfie with our costumed interpreters.

6:30 – 9:30 pm
Film screening in the Auditorium, followed by a conversation with film professor and Assistant Vice-President at Carleton University André Loiselle, and NGC Deputy Director and Chief Curator Paul Lang.

Film: Marie Antoinette 
In English with French subtitles

Join us for a special screening of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, an evocative retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. The film follows her story from her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15, to her rise as queen at 19, to the end of her reign and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Presented in partnership with:
123 min | USA | English with French subtitles | 2006 | Director: Sofia Coppola

Onstage Conversation

Film professor and Assistant Vice-President at Carleton University André Loiselle, and Deputy Director and Chief Curator Paul Lang

Is it truly possible to separate fact from fiction over 200 years later?

Released to criticism and acclaim, was Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette historically accurate? Does it matter? How does her film compare with Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s contemporary representations of the Queen of France?

After the film, stay for a captivating conversation about the influence of contemporary culture on historical films – and further explore the glamour, drama and reality of the life of Marie Antoinette in the Palace of Versailles!

Photo: James Park

Dr. André Loiselle is a film professor and Assistant Vice-President at Carleton University whose research focuses on Canadian and Québécois cinema, the Horror film and theatricality on screen.


Paul Lang is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Canada, and recently co-curated the Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) exhibition.

The film is in English with French subtitles.

The Onstage Conversation is in French, followed by a bilingual question period.

Simultaneous interpretation in English is available for the Onstage Conversation if a request is made to interp@gallery.ca before 31 August 2016.

Image: Courtesy of Sony
Image: Courtesy of Sony

Tapas Package

Tulips and Maple is pleased to offer a tapas package in the Water Court Foyer starting at 5 pm.

With salmon roe and crème fraîche

Cognac Cured Duck Breast
With cherry chutney and dressed micro greens on a blini

“Let Them Eat Cake”
A vast assortment of cakes, pastries, tarts and macarons



Film Only

Tapas Package
Includes 3 tapas and a drink*




NGC Member Admission
(Become a Member)



Taxes included.
* A limited number of additional tickets available at cash bar: $7 each per tapas.
** Wheelchair accessible. Please ask staff for assistance.


There are reserved rows for patrons who purchase the film and tapas package. Please book before 28 August to reserve your tapas package. Limited quantities are available the evening of 1 September.

The film will start at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium.**
Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.

The TIFF Film Circuit at the Gallery

Enjoy an evening of film, food and conversation. As part of the Gallery’s partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, you can see renowned Canadian and international films in a unique forum. Each TIFF Film Circuit Event also includes a presentation by a special guest. Come to the Gallery, meet up with friends and explore the worlds of visual and cinematographic art.

Explore the art of film making at the National Gallery of Canada.