The first time I saw Marion Cotillard in the flesh was at this year’s TIFF. The jaw-droppingly gorgeous French actress was standing atop a long flight of stairs inside Michael’s on Simcoe. She was in town for the gala presentation of Rust and Bone, a dark and visceral French romance adapted from a collection of short stories by Toronto author Craig Davidson and directed by Jacques Audriard. In the film, she plays a killer whale trainer at Marineland who loses her legs in a freak accident involving an aquatic animal routine gone very, very wrong.
L’Académie des Lumières announced their nominations for the Lumières awards yesterday – these could be called the French Golden Globes as they’re given out by the foreign press. ‘Rust and Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os) is dominating the list: Best film Les Adieux à La Reine, Benoît Jacquot Amour, Michael Haneke Camille Redouble, Noémie Lvovsky Holy Motors, Leos Carax De Rouille Et D’Os, Jacques Audiard Best Director Jacques Audiard, De
‘She’s not holding anything back,’ says ‘Rust and Bone’ costar Matthias Schoenaerts of Marion Cotillard, who plays an animal trainer recovering from the loss of her legs. She’s described by director Jacques Audiard as “a diver,” someone who “throws herself into a role head first.” So it’s believable that the very first scene Marion Cotillard shot for “Rust and Bone” was the most harrowing one, in which she awakes in a hospital after an accident to discover that both her legs are gone.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard talks directors, CGI and why she’s suspicious of big studio movies. Marion Cotillard won an Oscar before she became a star. The actor now familiar to Christopher Nolan fans as Mal in Inception and Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises grabbed the Academy’s best actress prize for her full-throttle performance in La Vie En Rose (among a select few to do so for a foreign-language performance).
I added loads of additional stills of Marion Cotillard in ‘Rust & Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os). Some of those are spoilery which is probably why they were only released after the movie came out on DVD & Blu-ray in France. The movie is currently screening in the US in New York & Los Angeles and will get a wider release tomorrow. On January 10 it will open in Germany.