on 1 Jan, 1970
Marion Cotillard covers two more magazines in France this week – bringing the total count to five! Madame Figaro has more pictures from the shoot by Jan Welters also used by Elle and Ciné Télé Obs uses an additional picture by Elliot Bliss. Sylvie Testud – she played opposite Marion in ‘La Vie en Rose‘ as Edith’s friend Momone – wrote the portrait in Madame Figaro. She was impressed by her portrayal in the upcoming ‘Two Days, One Night‘ and by how Marion Cotillard is still the same person she met on the ‘La Vie en Rose‘ set in 2006.
Ciné Télé Obs is mostly about ‘Two Days, One Night‘ and I am getting more excited by the day about the movie. Her process about becoming Sandra was similar to when she became Edith Piaf. She created an empty space within her for Sandra and adopted the first things that came to her as inspiration. For Sandra these were a person from her family, a friend and Jean-Jacques Goldman. There are shots in the movie that last seven minutes and the Dardenne Brothers had specific ideas about what happens at what exact moment, Marion compared their precision to Swiss clocks – which led to 56 takes. But Marion would have done 250 takes had they asked as she had total confidence in them. Working with them was everything she ever dreamed about a collaboration with a director. While shooting ‘Macbeth‘ she had to send her son back to France as she wasn’t herself anymore. Lady Macbeth is totally crazy. Sandra wasn’t in too good shape either but at least ends up seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. There will be limited promotion for ‘Two Days, One Night‘ but Marion Cotillard wanted to give interviews because she really stands behind this movie. Bernadette Lafont’s passing makes her emotional. She remembers her advice “In this business you’ll meet so many people telling you you’re the eight world wonder. Imagine they’re just saying hello”. She tries to take the good and bad with distance, not to take it personally.
I added digital scans – Sofia will later replace These with better scans – and some outtakes. There’s also a new English interview about ‘The Immigrant‘.