Controversy Over Philly Native Grace Kelly's Life on Screen

Cannes to kick off with controversial 'Grace of Monaco'

The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is kicking off with a dose of classic French Riviera glamour and a controversial film about a Philadelphia native.

The Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, opens the festival Wednesday. Kidman plays the movie star during her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, just an hour's drive from Cannes.

The film premieres amid high-profile disputes. Director Olivier Dahan has feuded over the final cut with the Weinstein Co., which is distributing the film in North America. Dahan's version will screen at Cannes.

Princess Stephanie of Monaco has criticized the film about her parents as inaccurate.

Kelly, a native of Philadelphia, starred in films like Rear Window and To Catch a Thief before she became the Princess of Monaco. She died in 1982 at the age of 52.

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