Day: June 26, 2007

21st Cabourg Romantic Film Festival

Everyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose already (the film has just opened in the UK and USA) will agree that her performance is worthy of every award out there. So it will come as no surprise to us that Marion Cotillard has been awarded the award (Swann d’0r which means Golden Swan) for Best Actress at the 21st Cabourg Romantic Film Festival in France on June 16. This is certainly the first of many more to come. Congratulations!!!

Awarded the Best Actor trophy was Guillaume Canet. The 2 visited the festival before – also together – in 2003 to promote Love Me If You Dare.

Considering Marion Cotillard hasn’t signed up for a new project to follow up ‘La Môme’ yet and her statement that she would like to take a break for a while you may find the following interesting: A local newspaper reports her saying at the festival that she still has “a ‘hunger’ for new roles and more beautiful stories to tell”. Isn’t that a relief?

Many thanks for the help with the pictures goes once again to Mariana!

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A rosy future French actress’ research allows her to inhabit Piaf role

from Back Stage West / by Sarah Kuhn

Even before taking on the role of Edith Piaf in the biopic “La Vie en Rose,” Marion Cotillard felt a connection to the iconic French singer. Cotillard often uses music to prepare for particularly emotional scenes and has a few of Piaf’s songs in her play list. “I had a personal relationship with her songs, which have helped me a lot for other movies,” the French actress said. “But I really didn’t know anything about her life. I had to discover everything.”

Director Olivier Dahan had Cotillard in mind for the role from the beginning, even as he was writing the screenplay.

Cotillard, meanwhile, felt an immediate bond with the filmmaker. “When we met, magically, something very natural, something obvious appeared,” she said. “We understood each other. … On the set, we had the same vision of Piaf without talking. We never talked about the script; we never talked about the character. Of course, we talked about Piaf — but like two fans.”

In preparing for the role, Cotillard did extensive research, learning all about the singer’s colorful life. The film follows Piaf’s journey from her poverty-stricken youth through her blazing stardom and tragic later years. Cotillard read books and studied old footage, but she also did a lot of “inner work” to capture Piaf’s distinctive essence. The result is a ferocious performance that doesn’t merely mimic Piaf; Cotillard inhabits the role so fully, it almost seems she’s channeling the legendary singer. “I didn’t want to imitate her,” she said. “I never tried to have the same voice or to move like her. My aim was to understand her heart and try to understand her soul.”

The Paris-born Cotillard got her start in a 1993 episode of the TV series “Highlander” and became well-known in France after winning a lead role in the Luc Besson-penned film “Taxi,” which spawned two sequels she appeared in and landed her a nomination for most promising actress at the 1999 Cisar Awards (the French equivalent of the Academy Awards). She considers her role as vengeful prostitute Tina Lombardi in 2004’s “A Very Long Engagement” a breakthrough of sorts, as it netted her a Cisar for best supporting actress, gave her the opportunity to work with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and got her noticed on an international level.

Cotillard likely has other great opportunities ahead of her, but one thing is certain: Playing Piaf is something she will remember forever.