Category: Press Updates

'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

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


On the Cover of Madame Figaro – Cannes Issue

Just ahead of the opening of the Cannes Film Festival – and the world premiere of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ – next Wednesday French magazine Madame Figaro‘s special Cannes issue is hitting newsstands this Saturday. Guess who’s gracing the cover: Marion Cotillard! The beautiful photoshoot is none other than the one we’ve been anticipating to see more of.

According to a preview of the article – courtesy of PurePeople (view via Google Translator) – the birth of her child is expected before the opening of the festival and she is not for a second contemplating marching the steps for the opening of her new movie – even if it’s the first time she’d have had the opportunity of doing so for one of her own movies en sélection and directed by Woody Allen no less. During the interview she opens up about life in recent months: apparently, being pregnant as well as being home in Paris and seeing more of her friends and family has left her being really Zen – even about being photographed by paparazzi (despite still not liking it). And she calls her part in ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ a small one. I can’t wait for the full interview!

[edit May 6] The full interview has been put online:

Marion Cotillard : “J’aimerais mener une double vie”, Madame Figaro, May 7

001 Scans from 2011 > Madame Figaro (France) – May 7
005 Sessions from 2011 > Madame Figaro

Brand new interview & role rumour

Another brilliant interview was published in the UK today. This time in The Independent. While none of the topics mentioned are actually new the answers about her work in both French and American movies, her recent career developments as well as about dealing with the media do contain additional insight so be sure to read.

Marion Cotillard: ‘I’m really normal! Well, not that normal. I’m an actress’, The Independent, April 3

I just wanna do movies. I don’t have a plan. I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to work with some directors and some actors I wouldn’t have dared to think I would work with one day. And now I know that everything is possible. So, it’s very exciting. But I don’t have in my mind whether I do an American movie or a French movie. It’s just [that] the stories come and… if I recognised myself in the story, I wanna be part of it. That’s how it happens.

Talking of stories coming her way, Baz Bamigboye reports in The Daily Mail that Marion Cotillard is on on a wish list of actresses to play Fantine in the movie adaptation of the musical ‘Les Misérables‘ which in turn in based on Victor Hugo’s book. Tom Hooper – fresh off Oscar-winning The King’s Speech‘ – is in negotiations to sign as director. Once the crucial part of lead character Valjean’s been cast filming could start next year, apparently.

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