Day: August 9, 2010

Yo, Dona Scans

Thanks to Flor we have scans of Marion’s cover & interview from Spanish magazine Yo, Dona. The lovely photo shoot was actually realized for Chopard’s 150th anniversary. It’s an original interview, and here’s Flor’s summary for those of us who don’t speak Spanish:

It’s a very cute interview, actually. We learn that Marion studied Spanish for 5 years and that she was one of the best of her class but then she forgot it (while filming Nine, she tried to talk to Penelope Cruz in Spanish but she couldn’t join the sentences). She hopes she can study it again sometime. They ask her about Guillaume (as always) and she dodges the question very gracefully (as always). And then it’s more about the stuff we know: filming with Leo, La Vie en Rose changed her life, Dior, etc.

007 Scans from 2010 > Yo, Dona (Spain) – July 24, scanned by Flor

Kindly do not redistribute the magazine scans at another Marion Cotillard fan site as they were scanned exclusively for ‘Magnifique Marion Cotillard’. Thank you.

P.S. Some people mentioned that the pictures in the gallery seem to be of a smaller size than before. This is NOT the case. The new version of the gallery script resizes full-sized pictures to your screen resolution. If you right click on the photo and view properties, you will see that it says something like: 1,365px × 1,800px (scaled to 506px × 668px). This is done to allow a person with a slower connection or smaller monitor to see the full image instead of having to scroll. If the image is saved, it will save in its full original size.

Background information about 'Jeanne au bûcher'

The original source for the recent news about Marion’s upcoming performances in Jeanne au bûcher posted their article online today. There’s not much more information in it, but they list famous actresses who’ve previously played this part since it’s first staging back in May 1939 in Orléans.

However, they forgot to mention some interesting inside information. Back in 1992 Marion’s parents Niseema Theillaud and Jean-Claude Cotillard took on the parts of Jeanne and her brother Dominique when this oratorio was staged in a cathedral in Orléans, while a 17 year old Marion watched in the audience.

When director Jean-Marc Cochereau approached Niseema Theillaud 12 years later for the same part she declined and suggested her daughter Marion. Marion immediately accepted since she’d wanted to work with him for a long time. After accepting the part she had it stipulated in any filming contracts that she’d get a week off for rehearsals and performing in Jeanne au bûcher. She enjoyed working with the orchestra and doing theatre for the first time since her final piece at the Conservatoire d’Orléans in 1994.

Finally, on May 5 and 6, 2005 she played Jeanne opposite Christophe Maltot’s Dominique along with 265 singers and musicians of the Orchestre symphonique d’Orléans. Director Jean-Marc Cochereau remembers that her performance was strikingly sincere, that she played Jeanne d’Arc with what is her talent: the ability to convey immense emotion. The director of the Orchestre symphonique d’Orléans Catherine Mounier recalls that the 3 000 visitors in the sports centre still remember the performance. As do the singers and musicians who took part in those 2 concerts. By accepting the role, Marion Cotillard made them a very beautiful gift, she added.

Marion Cotillard, une fille toute simple,, July 13, 2005
De Jeanne d’Arc à la Môme, Le Point, March 27, 2008

Marion in the Congo

As posted earlier, Marion Cotillard travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first week of June and Greenpeace realized a 7-episode documentary of her travels through the rainforests. Travelling by pirogue (a small wooden boat), she witnessed the destruction caused by logging first hand. Many of the episodes are now available with subtitles:

• Original French: Congo: Des forêts en sursis
• English Subtitles: The Congolese Rainforests: living on borrowed time
• German Subtitles: Marion Cotillard mit Greenpeace im Kongo
• Portuguese Subtitles: Congo: floresta ameaçada

Gallery: 371 The Congolese Rainforests: living on borrowed time (2010)
Video: 006 Documentaries > The Congolese Rainforests