The Queen of Versailles *Photo supplied
The Queen of Versailles *Photo supplied

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27: The Bermuda Documentary Film Festival has been expanded to run over four days.

It opens on October 18 with the screening of two award-winning films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival — The Queen of Versailles at 6pm, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at 8.30pm.

Director Lauren Greenfield won the Best Director award at Sundance for her riches-to-rags portrait of the Siegel family, Jackie and David, in The Queen of Versailles. The film is rated PG.

David is a self-made billionaire, the founder of Westgate Resorts – the world’s largest privately-held timeshare company. Jackie is a former Mrs Florida – and engineer.

The film introduces them as they embark on the construction of a 90,000 square-foot mansion with a Vegas edge. Then the economic downturn begins to bite, with dramatic results for the family.

Named by Art Review as the most powerful artist in the world, courageous and charismatic Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and one of its most outspoken domestic critics. In April 2011, when he disappeared for three months, Ai Weiwei became China’s most famous missing person.

His critiques of China’s repressive regime have ranged from photographs of his raised middle finger in front of Tiananmen Square to searing memorials of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died in shoddy government construction in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

The documentary was winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance tells the story of a highly original man who blurs the boundaries of art and politics. The film is rated R for strong language.

The remainder of the film line-up will be announced soon.

Tickets to Bermuda Docs go on sale Friday October 5 at, All Wrapped Up-Washington Mall, Fabulous Fashions-Heron Bay Plaza, or by calling 232-2255.

All films at Bermuda Docs screen in the Tradewinds Auditorium of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.