Month: May 2012

New 'Rust & Bone' Stills

I added 4 new stills from ‘De rouille et d’os‘ (Rust & Bone) and a wonderful article from Dior Mag. In my opinion they found the right words to describe Marion & the movie.

Dior on the town: Marion Cotillard, Dior Mag, May 28

Here, there is no artifice, no makeup. Bare face, bare soul. No pathos, no screaming, no tears – or few. But there’s such a jostle of complex and contradictory feelings and emotions that come across subtly, profoundly, in a vacant stare, an inflection, a half-smile, in the faintest of gestures. Like a hurricane that might sweep away everything in its path without making the slightest sound. … Here, at age 36, is an actress at the height of her art. And such is her curiosity about the cinema, about human beings and the feelings that drive them, we can be certain that she still has surprises in store, that she hasn’t yet revealed all her secrets.

Once again, he [Jacques Audiard] lays emotions bare and exposes raw sentiment with the cool efficiency of a surgeon and the mysterious profundity of a poet. This film is all the more captivating because it touches, almost without seeming to, the very essence of life.

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004 De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) – 2012 > Stills

Dior on the town: Marion Cotillard

from Dior Mag / by Jean-Pierre Lavoignat

She was indisputably one of the biggest stars of the 65th Cannes Film Festival. And in any case she delivered – regardless of what the jury led by director Nanni Moretti may decide – one of the strongest, most moving, most memorable performances of the competition. Precisely because it isn’t a performance – it’s a manifestation. In Rust and Bone, the much-acclaimed, remarkable new film directed by Jacques Audiard, Marion Cotillard does not play the role of Stephanie, a killer whale trainer who has lost her legs at Marineland in Antibes, who rediscovers the will to live thanks to a boxer who has also taken a beating from life. She is Stephanie, as simply and naturally as she breathes. Not once does the mind wander toward the challenges she faced as an actress. Never does one feel the weight of what she has accomplished. When the camera descends from her soulful face to the metallic prostheses that serve as her legs, one even forgets special effects. We only see a young woman with a hesitant, lurching stride, a melancholy air and a raspy voice who, suddenly, awakens to life, to feelings, to sensuality, to emotion.

Cotillard’s strength resides precisely in her capacity to embody more than perform. What was so beautiful and moving in La Môme (which was released as La Vie en Rose in English-speaking markets), and which made Olivier Dahan’s film so successful and won Cotillard, among other awards, the Oscar for Best Actress, is that under all the heavy artifice of makeup one could feel the hammering of a heart, a burning flame. It wasn’t a physical resemblance to Edith Piaf that so moved audiences, but the inner fire that consumed the woman who sang The Hymn to Love. The same goes for Rust and Bone, even though the two worlds are light years apart. Here, there is no artifice, no makeup. Bare face, bare soul. No pathos, no screaming, no tears – or few. But there’s such a jostle of complex and contradictory feelings and emotions that come across subtly, profoundly, in a vacant stare, an inflection, a half-smile, in the faintest of gestures. Like a hurricane that might sweep away everything in its path without making the slightest sound.

After La Môme, perhaps in an effort to gently distance herself from such a strong character, Cotillard played a series of supporting roles in American films, with the exception of the French film Petits Mouchoirs, which was directed by her life partner Guillaume Canet. She thus allowed herself the luxury of working with much-admired directors (Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen and Steven Soderbergh among them) and A-list co-stars (such as Johnny Depp, Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio) and consolidating her unique status in the movie industry. Now, she’s once again on the front lines. And in a beautiful way. Here, at age 36, is an actress at the height of her art. And such is her curiosity about the cinema, about human beings and the feelings that drive them, we can be certain that she still has surprises in store, that she hasn’t yet revealed all her secrets.

De rouille et d’os

The Palais des Festivals in Cannes, May 17th at 9:30 pm. A dizzying thunder of applause breaks out as the lights go up in the Grand Théâtre Lumière. And it doesn’t stop… Amid the fervent applause, the audience’s faces are illuminated by joy and overwhelmed by emotion. In presenting Rust and Bone on the second day of the competition, director Jacques Audiard set the bar high. From that moment on, all the films in competition throughout the 12-day festival would be measured against this strange, profound film, which is at once dry and lyrical, violent and tender, dark and sensual. Three years after presenting A Prophet, which won the Grand Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, director Jacques Audiard had struck again.

Audiard has had a curious career. The son of screenwriter Michel Audiard, a cult figure in the French cinema, he also started his career as a screenwriter before moving behind the camera, in 1994, with the thriller Regarde les hommes tomber (See How They Fall). He was 42 years old, which is late for a first film. Since then, he has only directed five films. Six films in 18 years aren’t many. However, it was enough to establish him as one of the most interesting French filmmakers working today – as well as one of the finest. His work is populated by wounded men, luminous women, troubling fathers, fragile sons and characters who have been battered by life yet somehow find the means to invent a new one. Rust and Bone, a very loose adaptation of two novels by the Canadian author Craig Davidson, is no exception. By putting together two characters who never should have met – a killer whale trainer who, after a work-related accident, finds herself a double amputee, and a boxer with a young son who, in order to make ends meet, takes part in illegal, bare-knuckle fights – he tells a story of resurrection. Under his direction, the film is inhabited, inspired, an astonishing mix of acuity and invention, of realism and sophistication. Once again, he puts together fledgling actors and confirmed talents, thus offering Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts – who turns in a powerful yet nuanced and delicate performance – the opportunity to break out after his acclaimed début in the astonishing Bullhead, and Marion Cotillard a major new role in her singular career, five years after her Hollywood consecration with the Oscar for Best Actress, for La Môme (aka La Vie en Rose). Once again, he lays emotions bare and exposes raw sentiment with the cool efficiency of a surgeon and the mysterious profundity of a poet. This film is all the more captivating because it touches, almost without seeming to, the very essence of life.

The True Face of a Lady

MODERN CINEMA ICON MARION COTILLARD IS ALSO THE GLAMOROUS FACE OF THE LADY DIOR HANDBAG.

In 2009, she played Billie Frechette alongside Johnny Depp in Public Enemies; she was also a Hitchcockian heroine in Lady Noire Affair, a short film by Olivier Dahan, the director who had triumphed with La Môme (La Vie en Rose) two years earlier. In 2010, Christopher Nolan’s Inception found her sharing top billing with Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Caine; that same year, she continued the Dior saga in Lady Blue Shanghai, this time with David Lynch behind the camera. In 2011, the year she played Adriana in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, John Cameron Mitchell presented Lady Grey London, the third installment of the short film opus. Finally, this year Marion Cotillard triumphed at Cannes and in theaters with Rust and Bone, and generated major buzz on the Internet with the final sequence in her Dior adventure, L.A.dy Dior, which takes place during a photo shoot in Los Angeles, once again under the direction of John Cameron Mitchell.

As the face of Lady Dior, Cotillard for the past three years has been the heroine of a grand saga in which the house’s iconic handbag truly becomes a character in a film – and even the crux of the plot in a series of episodes that make up so many chapters in the broader story of Lady Dior.
Before her, one recalls, there was Marlene Dietrich, the couturier’s great friend, who lent her name to a campaign for Christian Dior stockings. Then came Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, the godmother at the launch of the Baby Dior line. Not to mention Monica Bellucci, Isabelle Adjani, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron, among many others…

Critics & audience love 'Rust & Bone'

Rumour on twitter has it that Marion Cotillard has arrived back in Cannes today, as has ‘De rouille et d’os‘ (Rust & Bone) director Jacques Audiard. Tonight is the closing ceremony where the awards will be handed out. Can we see this as a sign that Marion Cotillard will be awarded the Best Actress award?

In the past weeks critics have praised her performance as Stéphanie, the French calling it her best performance yet and the English speaking press saying it’s up there with La Vie en Rose. Many have also praised the movie itself. Go here for a summary for English reviews and here for French reviews. On numerous occasions, the press has given the movie good chances for tonight’s ceremony or even for Awards Season early next year (Huffington Pot, Indiwire, Hollywood.com, Toronto.com).

In these scenes, Cotillard shows she doesn’t need the validation of Cannes or the Academy. Her strong, subtle performance is gloriously winning on its own.
• Source: Time Entertainment

Its candour and force are matched by the commitment and intelligence of its two leading players. These factors, linked with the glowing sunlit images captured by cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine and emotion-grabbing music from Alexandre Desplat make for a powerful spectacle. It is a passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide.
• Source: The Guardian

The movie, out in theatres throughout France and French-speaking Switzerland since its premiere at Cannes, is also doing well financially. In its first week it was #1 a the box office with 652,000 entries at 394 cinemas (Ozap.com) – putting ‘Dark Shadows‘ and ‘Avengers‘ on second and third places. UGC has thus increased the number of screens (Le Parisien). In French-speaking Switzerland it made the #5 spot with 5,901 visitors on 9 screens (Hitparade.ch).

I myself went to see ‘De rouille et d’os‘ on May 18 and was deeply impressed. On paper it seems like a traditional love story with some Lifetime-movie-elements thrown in. However, it is so much more. In fact, the reason for it being so good lay in the wonderful combination of performance, cinematography and soundtrack. Things beyond words, which is why I can’t really find the right words to explain why I loved it and why I was so moved. Let me just say that Jacques Audiard is really a genius for never letting any scene become cheesy. And Marion Cotillard’s performance is indeed very strong. While its powerful, daring and out there it is a the same time also quiet and subtle. Really magnifique. If she wins something tonight it will be well-deserved!

Clive Owen about Marion Cotillard

Clive Owen quickly left the set of Blood Ties earlier this week to promote his movie ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn‘ at Cannes. PurePeople took the opportunity to ask him about Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard.

Hollywood Reporter, Studio Ciné Live, Psychologies

I added a few more scans to the gallery. And here are the very interesting articles to go with them:

The Many Faces of Marion Cotillard, The Hollywood Reporter, May 18, 2012
Marion Cotillard: D’Aventure et de passion, Studio Ciné Live, Spécial Cannes (read with Google Translator)
Marion Cotillard : “J’ai besoin de me recentrer”, Psychologies, June 2012 (read with Google Translator)

And a few more:
Marion Cotillard Talks Rust and Bone and Loving Her Baby Son Marcel, Popsugar.com, May 18, 2012
Marion Cotillard Talks Rust And Bone, Empire.com, May 18
Marion Cotillard on E.T, Showbiz Spy, May 25

Gallery:
007 Scans from 2012 > The Hollywood Reporter (US) – May 18
011 Scans from 2012 > Studio Ciné Live (France) – Spécial Cannes
010 Scans from 2012 > Psychologies (France) – June

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