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'Midnight in Paris' out in US Cinemas

Since last Friday Marion Cotillard’s latest movie ‘Midnight in Paris‘ is out in the US. At the moment it’s only screening in 6 theaters in New York on Los Angeles but it’ll expand to more theatres this Friday and to even more in the coming weeks. Visit the official movie site for the release schedule to find out when it’ll play in a theater near you.

Here’s a brief recap on how the movie has been doing at the box office. On its opening day in France Midnight in Paris‘ had at least 2 screenings less than other movies opening the same time because cinemas were only allowed to screen it as of 8pm – the time when the movie had its Cannes premiere. Nevertheless it had the best opening day attracting 43 294 people to the cinema (source). On the weekly box office it ended up second after ‘Fast Five‘ grossing $4.2 million from 406 locations in the first week (source) and $2.45 million from 467 locations in the second week (source). In French speaking Switzerland it also ranked #2 attracting 13 572 people at 12 cinemas (source). Great news comes from Spain where it opened the same week as in France and immediately was number 1 at the box office on its first weekend by selling 150 000 tickets (source) and remained in the top spot for the first week, grossing $1.5 million from 242 locations (source). What about the US? Despite its very limited opening it came in at #12 grossing $578,805 from just six theaters. This is a per location average of $96,468 – the best for an indie film in 2011.

The US release also brought more reviews – and very good reviews at that. According to Rotten Tomatoes 92 % critics reviewed ‘Midnight in Paris‘ favourably. Congratulations!

Unfortunately I can’t talk to much about one of the most surprising supporting roles in the film from Marion Cotillard (Inception, Nine) without giving away the film’s premise, except to say that this is a brilliant role for her. She is one of the few remaining actresses these days to transcend simply being hot and having a true classic beauty to her.
The Flick Cast

Cotillard, as lovely as ever, also gives a fine performance, in a role that grows to parallel Gil’s as that of a sort of out-of-time cosmonaut.
Shockya.com

And he falls in love with the smoky-eyed, sad-voiced Adriana (a beguiling Marion Cotillard), a muse for Picasso with her own yearnings for previous eras.
New York Daily News

Allen has found the ideal actor for each and every role, including … a luminous Marion Cotillard,…
indie WIRE

P.S. Midnight in Paris is also worth catching because of the divine presence of Marion Cotillard, as well as appearances by Kathy Bates, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, and many more some happily hamming up cameos, with others delightfully and subtly evocative. Darius Khondji, director of photography, captures the golden light of a gorgeous city.
TwitchFilm.com

She’s as real as the marvelous Marion Cotillard can make her, which is to say intensely.
Wall Street Journal

Bolstered by appealing performers like Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams, it is his warmest, mellowest and funniest venture in far too long. … With remarkable naturalness and considerable charisma, Cotillard is just as she should be here
La Times

On a sidenote there’s a funny little story how bumping into Marion Cotillard in New York and talking about their roles in an upcoming movie helped Michael Sheen put together the plot of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ without having read a full script. Read it over at ComingSoon.net.

Many thanks to Jennifer & Megara for sending in ‘Midnight in Paris‘ related scans. The Spanish Cinemania interview is the same as the English interview previously published in Total Film.

006 Scans from 2011 > Cinemania (Spain) – May , scanned by Megara
001 Scans from 2011 > Various Clippings, scanned by Jennifer

'Midnight in Paris': Stills, Interviews, Reviews

After a few French interviews, here’s an article in English about actresses in Hollywood who don’t have English as their first language. Marion Cotillard is mentioned throughout and there seem to be a few new quotes:
One foot’s in Hollywood, the other’s in Europe, Los Angeles Times, May 11

Thanks to Oliver.G.Byrne I added English translations of two of Marion’s recent in-depth French interviews. Many thanks for your hard work!
I would have loved to walk the stairs of the festival with Woody Allen, L’Express Styles
I would love to live a double life, Madame Figaro

Then, the official ‘Midnight in Paris’ website has gone live with a ton of content. Be sure to check it out. Here’s the Spanish Website, the movie opens in Spain on Friday. One of the interesting contents are the production notes:
Midnight in Paris: About the Production

The production notes reveal quite a large part of the plot so procede with caution if you want to remain spoiler-free. Here some Marion-relevant bits:

About Adriana: “Adriana doesn’t know where she belongs, she is searching for her place. She admires artists because their world is wide and their imagination takes them to some marvelous places. She needs to dream. She has always felt she didn’t belong to the era she lives in and she feels Gil is the same kind of person. She recognizes herself in him.”

Woody Allen about Marion Cotillard: “Marion has got a built-in charism. She makes the most ordinary kind of moments and dialogue sound interesting because she herself is such an interesting movie actress. And she’s got a very lovely and interesting face to look at; I never get tired of looking at it. I also noticed that she’s able to call up any kind of emotion she wants quickly and easily.”

Marion Cotillard about Woody Allen: “Woody Allen is a brilliant man in the way he observes life, people, things,” she says. “You feel a lot of wit, tenderness, and humor.”

And here are some gorgeous new stills of Marion Cotillard as Adriana:

005 Midnight in Paris (2011) > Stills

The actual movie was screened this afternoon to the press and later opened the Cannes International Film Festival. As previously posted, Marion Cotillard did not attend the ceremony but Woody Allen had Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Michael Sheen, Lea Seydoux and Adrien Brody at his side. Of course, this means that the reviews started coming in. They generally like the movie for it’s light & fresh feeling, great acting and comic timing as well as beautiful cinematography. However, there are those who think it too light and too much of a tourist ad for Paris. But so far they generally agree on Marion’s contribution in the supporting role of Adriana:

As Adriana, Cotillard again brings a performance you can’t help but be entranced by.
Rope of Silicon

Beautiful Marion Cotillard has a difficult part to play as Gil’s perfect woman Adriana. She risks being little more than a fetish object – and she’d be a dark, exotic and sexy one – but Cotillard brings a note of dreamy melancholy to her; the soft, unspoken sadness of a woman born out of her time. Though she appears to be living the high life amongst the literati, there’s something missing for Adriana and it gives her an air of mystery. Part personified temptation and part individual with needs of her own, Cotillard is just right.
Living in Cinema

Cannes opens with a Woody Allen love letter to the French capital, a shallow examination of nostalgia with endearing performances from Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard. … Gil’s ingenuous enthusiasm entrances Picasso’s beautiful mistress Adriana, played with conviction and finesse by Marion Cotillard: they fall in love, but it appears that Adriana is just as discontented with her time period as Gil is with his.
Guardian

Cotillard is the perfect object of Gil’s romantic and creative dreams
Hollywood Reporter

But most entrancing of all is the mysterious muse played by Marion Cotillard, who has recently posed for her Spanish painter-beau.
Movieline

While Inez ignores him, a fetching French dame (Marion Cotillard, once again capitalizing on her classic good looks) worships Gil immediately, recognizing his genius from the first line of his manuscript.
Variety

He also falls in love with a an artist groupie, played with an alluring blend of charm and sadness by Marion Cotillard. … Certain moments are breathtakingly lovely: a close-up on Wilson and Cotillard as they dance – literally, a man in love with his fantasy – is one of the most purely romantic images Allen has concocted in years.
France24.com

Marion Cotillard is luminous as Wilson’s fantasy lover.
Parade.com

Marion Cotillard looks terrific in her 1920s dresses, though is actually given little to do apart from act the romantic muse to the mildly neurotic Gil.
ScreenDaily.com

Gil is compelled to return to his nightly, supernaturally swirly walks around the city and falls in love with a mysterious stranger named Adriana (a smoky Marion Cotillard).
The Playlist

As muse to artists, Marion Cotillard is prickly, playful, and finds even here one of her best roles.
Le JDD

Marion Cotillard illuminates the movie with her charm.
Paris-Normandie.fr

Clip from 'Midnight in Paris'

Watch a clip with Marion Cotillard as Adriana with Owen Wilson in ‘Midnight in Paris‘ on Festival-Cannes.com. Isn’t her English really good in this?

001 Movie Clips: Midnight in Paris

New Video Interview

Chopard put an exclusive video interview with Marion Cotillard online earlier today. She talks about her relationship with the Chopard Trophy. She’s been both the recipient – (one of the first awards she won: in 2004 for Jeux d’enfants Love Me If You Dare) – and presenter (in 2009 to to David Kross). In return she’s been supporting them by wearing their jewellery to official events such as the Academy Awards as well as on many photoshoots. Chopard published this interview in celebaration of the 10th anniversary of their awards ceremony during the Cannes Film Festival.

There’s also a new interview (in French) which is really well worth a read. If somebody could provide a translation into English for the site it’d be much appreciated.

Marion Cotillard: “J’aurais adoré monter les marches avec Woody Allen”, L’Express

Gallery: 071 Online Interviews > Chopard – 2011
Video: 001 Interviews > Marion Cotillard and the Trophée Chopard

'Little White Lies' Promotion Round-up

Little White Lies‘ (Les petits mouchoirs) has been playing in cinemas across the UK and certain parts of Canada since mid-April. Over the past weeks as well as today I’ve added more interviews and promotion material. Here’s an overview:

Marion Cotillard, Little White Lies, April 11 (full interview)
Marion Cotillard Interview, AskMen.us, April 9
Marion Cotillard, The Guardian, April 7
Why we love Marion Cotillard, British GQ, April
An Interview with Marion Cotillard, ‘Little White Lies‘ Press Pack
Little White Lies: Interview with Guillaume, EFE, April 8
Little White Lies: Director’s Statement & Interviews, ‘Little White Lies‘ Press Pack
Little White Lies: an honest tale of friendship, joy and heartbreak, The Guardian, March 25

Gallery Links:
001 Les petits mouchoirs (Little White Lies) – 2010 > Artwork
004 The Independent on Sunday – The New Review (UK) – April 3
001 GQ (UK) – April
001 Various Clippings, scanned by Natalie

Video Link:
004 Tag: Little White Lies English & Spanish Trailer, Subtitled Clip & Featurette


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