Heard on the Hill: Obama’s French Connection

Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:36pm

With President Barack Obama heading to Cannes, France, this week for the G-20 summit, it appears that he will have more than global economic reform to chitchat about with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. 

The U.S. debut of Xavier Durringer’s juicy biopic film, “The Conquest,” has come to Washington, D.C., and it portrays Sarkozy’s rise to power as one that took an enormous personal toll, including the disintegration of his 20-year marriage.

It’s a portrait of Sarkozy, played in the film by Denis Podalydès, warts and all. Imagine talking about that with Obama over crepes and coffee.

Although categorized as a political satire, “The Conquest” is based on public documents and firsthand accounts and fits snugly into an emerging genre that includes films such as “The Ides of March” and “The Queen.”

“The Conquest” will premiere Nov. 18 at Washington’s West End Cinema.