Month: February 2007

‘La Vie en Rose’ in NY

Unfortunately, Marion Cotillard did not win a Silver Bear for Best Actress in Berlin – even though most journalists and critics predicted it.

There’s a chance to see for yourself how good Marion is as Edith Piaf: ‘La Vie en Rose’ screens tonight in New York. Here’s the quote from the official site of the event Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2007 (February 28 – March 11, 2007)
“Each March, New Yorkers have the chance to savor the newest flavors and try out the latest fashions featured on Parisian screens with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Now in its 12th year, Rendez-Vous opens on Feb. 28 with an American premiere—direct from the Berlin Film Festival: Olivier Dahan’s fascinating portrait of Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose. Graced with a mesmerizing performance by Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose is a worthy tribute and a compassionate look at one of France’s greatest cultural icons.”

Unfortunately, all tickets are sold out. A limited number of tickets may become available prior to showtime.

Massive gallery update

Today ‘La Môme’ opens in French-speaking regions. To celebrate the release I scanned all the latest Marion magazines appearances (at least all that I know of) and there are also some other goodies for you. A HUGE thank you goes once again to my friend Mariana for her contributions!!

017 ‘La Môme’ – Teaser Trailer
095 ‘La Môme’ – Trailer
003 ‘La Môme’ – Artwork
007 Glamour (France), March 2007
004 Biba (France), March 2007
003 Femina (France), February 4, 2007
005 Ciné Live (France), February 2007
015 Studio (France), February 2007
006 Premiere France, February 2007
009 Paris ‘La Môme’ Premiere, February 12, 2007
010 Lille ‘La Môme’ Premiere, February 2, 2007

Standing Ovations for ‘La Môme’

I’ve just read through today’s online press covering last night’s premiere of ‘La Môme’. German journalists reported that it got standing ovations. Some loved the emotional portrayal of tragic French singer Edith Piaf. Others didn’t. But everyone loved Marion Cotillard’s performance. One newspaper compared her transformation as the French singer to Charlize Theron’s performance in ‘Monster’ – that got her the Golden Bear in Berlin. Similar Predictions for Marion Cotillard are not rare.

Marion also got praise from the industry’s leading paper Variety (click for full film review): “Versatile, always spot-on thesp Marion Cotillard surpasses herself as the waiflike French songbird whose personal traumas fueled her art. Cotillard nails the assignment, portraying Piaf at 20 to Piaf on her deathbed with a range of gestures, her trademark posture, and a core of eternal hurt melded with ferocious pride. She embodies Piaf’s raspy speaking voice, her imperious street-wise attitude, her simple joy at being lionized by other celebs, and the taste of artistic triumph mixed with the constant hum of genuine tragedy.” Continue reading

57th Berlin Film Festival – Pictures

Yesterday, La Môme (La Vie en Rose) had its world premiere as the opening film of the 57th berlin Film Festival in Germany. I’ve added some pictures to the gallery. Many thanks to Mariana for her contributions!!

Premiere / Press Conference / Photocall

Three Quick Questions for La môme’s Edith Piaf: Marion Cotillard

from / by Boyd van Hoeij

French actress Marion Cotillard walked the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival for the opening film La môme (La Vie en Rose) in which she stars as the chanteuse Edith Piaf. Here she describes what might be the role of a lifetime in her answers to three quick questions.

How did you prepare for the role?
It is of course a magnificent role and required careful preparation. I knew her music when we started of course — she is a French legend — but people from my generation grew up only with her records, not with her presence. I started listening to her music when I was about twenty and became interested in chansons réalistes and listened to Piaf and others. For the film, I started with reading about her life and once I had an idea of that I immersed myself into images of her: from interview and from her films. The director and I wanted to do something beyond an imitation of Piaf and I had to find that place within myself where the two characters, me and Piaf, could co-exist together and function properly.

Since the transformation was so complete, was it difficult to go back to normal again after filming?
This indeed took some time. For the four months of filming, my voice, my posture, my make-up and everything else was different. Just imagine walking like a duck for four months and then suddenly being able to walk normally again. It took some time to get used to it!

Do you feel any affinity with the story of Piaf since you also come from a family of artists and which scenes required most preparation?
I come from a family of artists, yes, but this was a very different family and I had a very different youth. I was most worried about the scenes in which I play Piaf in her forties, until her death at 47 when she looked over 60, simply because I am not that age yet. And the death scene was completely draining and also etrexemely delicate, because it is so easy to overdo it and then it looks ridiculous. But most preparation went into the playback of the songs and Olivier (the director) insisted I worked on that the most, because if it is not convincing it completely takes you out of the film. So I worked hardest on that.