The Conquest

The Conquest

Nicolas Sarkozy (Denis Podalydes) in THE CONQUEST, a film directed by Xavier Durringer. Picture courtesy Music Box Films. All rights reserved.

The Conquest

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The Conquest (2011)

Also Known As: La Conquete

Opened: 11/11/2011 Limited

Theaters (8+)11/11/2011
Laemmle's Roya...11/11/2011 - 11/24/201114 days
Sunshine Cinema11/11/2011 - 11/22/201112 days
Lincoln Plaza11/11/2011 - 11/22/201112 days
Laemmle's Town...11/11/2011 - 11/21/201111 days
Laemmle's Play...11/11/2011 - 11/17/20117 days
Cinema Village...11/25/2011 - 12/01/20117 days
Kendall Square...12/16/2011 - 12/22/20117 days
Music Box Thea...01/06/2012 - 01/19/201214 days

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Genre: French Biographical Drama (French w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


The day is May 6, 2007, France's run-up to the presidential elections.

As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has shut himself away in his home. Though Sarkozy soon knows he has won the election, he is alone, gloomy and despondent. For hours he has been trying to reach his wife, Cecilia but to no avail.

The last five years unfurl before our eyes, recounting Sarkozy's unstoppable ascent, riddled with in-party backstabbing, media manipulation, riots, sarcastic confrontations and extra-marital affairs.

THE CONQUEST chronicles the volatile right-leaning Sarkozy's startling rise to become President of France and the emotional and psychological stakes involved in the conquest of power. On the day the diminutive Sarkozy conquered his ultimate ambition, his wife--who for twenty years had struggled to pull the man she loved from the shadow into the light--walked out on him for another man.

Renowned French playwright Xavier Durringer exposes with knowing and sardonic overtones the absurdity behind political campaigning. Based entirely on public documents and first person accounts, THE CONQUEST reveals the inner machinations of a bitter political campaign in a new media age. Long the subjects of journalist accounts analyzing how modern elections are won going back at least to Theodore White's 1960 book "The Making of the President," living politicians, recently deceased and thinly disguised political figures, are turning up more frequently in feature films. THE CONQUEST is part of this vibrant sub-genre of generally satirical films that includes the upcoming IDES OF MARCH, THE IRON LADY, GAME CHANGE and recent films such as W., THE QUEEN and IN THE LOOP. However, THE CONQUEST is the first film to expose the drama surrounding the election of a leader during his term in office.