Marion Cotillard: From New York to Paris

from WWD / by Matthew Lynch and Joelle Diderich

Marion Cotillard was barefoot on the press line at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York City on Thursday night. The Cinema Society and Dior were holding a screening of the Oscar-winning actress’ latest film, “Rust and Bone.” Sometime between walking for photographers and making it to the press line, she had passed her heels off to a publicist.

“I am so sorry, I feel very bad,” she explained, motioning to the towering footwear. “I had no choice.”

The apology was unnecessary. As a stream of rosy cheeked and heavily jacketed moviegoers arrived out of the Manhattan chill behind her and the carpeted floor went buckshot with dropped popcorn kernels, her decision to lose the heels seemed, as a relative matter, brave. The early winter storm in New York left Cotillard as the film’s sole standard bearer at the screening. Its director, Jacques Audiard, had been grounded and her co-star, Matthias Schoenaerts, would only arrive in time for the after party at Indochine. But by the time the first drinks were being poured, Cotillard would be off, due in Paris to unveil the Christmas windows at Printemps, designed in partnership with Dior. (She is after all the face of the Lady Dior handbag.)

On the Landmark Sunshine carpet, Cotillard dutifully fielded questions about her role in the broody French romance, in which she plays an amusement park killer whale trainer.

“I went once and I hated it,” she said of her preparations. “I don’t like to see those animals in that situation….The trainers [though] even though I don’t really get what’s happening in those places — how we do that — they were passionate about their job. And they really made my experience easy.”

About 16 hours later, Cotillard had made it to Printemps. Flanked by Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano, Printemps ceo Paolo de Cesare and Claude Martinez, president and ceo of Parfums Christian Dior, she pulled the curtain on a whimsical display of mechanical puppets in front of hundreds of onlookers at the department store’s flagship on Boulevard Haussmann.

Toledano said the window puppets were wearing miniature replicas of Dior designs spanning from the house’s groundbreaking New Look collection of 1947 to the creations of its new creative director, Raf Simons — all produced in its couture workshop on Avenue Montaigne.

“Our workshops enjoy a challenge — they have had harder tasks. This was a pretty fun project for them,” he said. Toledano said Dior has been collaborating with department stores since its inception, noting that founder Christian Dior made personal appearances at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman back in 1947.

“In this case, 10 million people are going to pass on this thoroughfare during the Christmas period alone, so can you imagine the extraordinary impact it’s going to have?” he asked. “Some children will be filled with wonder, and among these children, there might even be a future Paris couturier. This is my wish.”

At a cocktail reception held at the Ladurée tea salon inside the store, Cotillard revealed that as a child, she was not big on Christmas traditions. “It was a bit of a battle for my mother. I didn’t really like Christmas when I was little, so I didn’t want any gifts, so the tradition was my mother figuring out how she was going to get me to pick something,” she said.

She has since grown to love Christmas, though she is still not that keen on presents.

“Gifts are something I prefer to give. It’s always nice to get one, but I like searching for a present, I like thinking of a person and finding that special something that they are going to like,” she said.

She will be back on an airplane in a matter of days to reprise her role as Joan of Arc in Arthur Honegger’s 1938 oratorio “Joan of Arc at the Stake,” which is being performed in Barcelona on Nov. 17 and 18. Cotillard will recite her text surrounded by a symphonic orchestra and three choirs. In New York, she was undaunted about the near constant flight.

“Well, you know, you sleep, you rest,” she said. “People live in terrible situations. Traveling is not that terrible.”

Weekend of Press Junkets and Q&As

Weekend of Press Junkets and Q&As

After flying in from London and appearing on the Jay Leno Show last week but before attending the US Gala Premiere of ‘Rust & Bone‘ at the AFI Fest on Monday, Marion Cotillard (and co-star Matthias Schoenaerts, director Jacques Audiard and co-writer Thomas Bidegain) spent a weekend promoting the movie at press junkets and during Q&As at industry screenings.

HitFix.com were among those interviewing Marion Cotillard on Saturday morning and will later post their interview.

Later that day, there was a SAG AFTRA screening at the Harmony Gold theater. During the Q&A she praised Chris Nolan and said “When it’s meant to be, love will find a way.” (Sources on Twitter: Serena Orrego, Grégoire Swan, Ana Parsons, Satu Makeda, Logan McPeak, Patricia Gold and Josh the Intern)

Then, on Sunday, there was another Q&A held by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater:

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Various 'Rust and Bone' Promotion

As the US release of ‘Rust and Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os) is approaching – November 23 in New York and December 6 in Los Angeles – Sony Classics updated the official movie site with actual content last week. It looks great, so be sure to visit!

Marion Cotillard taped 2 talk show appearances (Chelsea Lately and Craig Ferguson) this Tuesday. However, they weren’t aired as it was election day in the US. My guess is they made use of a free day to get her on tape while she was still in the States – she’s expected back in France tomorrow and will later head to Barcelona, Spain – but will air the interviews closer to the release of the movie. The Craig Ferguson interview is actually scheduled to air on November 20. I’ll keep my eyes open for the Chelsea Lately air date.

In the mean time some various promotion material from recent days:

Press Updates:
‘Rust and Bone’ Star Marion Cotillard on Juggling Family, Career, The Hollywood Reporter, November 6

Audio:
BBC Radio 4 • October 31, 2012 • talking to Kirsty Lang about Rust and Bone on ‘Front Row Daily’
[audio:http://marion-cotillard.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2012-10-31-BBCFrontrow.mp3|titles=Frong Row Daily on BBC Radio 4 (October 31, 2012)]

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AFI Fest: 'Rust and Bone' Premiere & Tribute to Marion Cotillard

Luise and I added some pictures of Marion Cotillard dressed in Dior with Chopard jewellery at last night’s US gala premiere of ‘Rust and Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os) during the AFI Fest. Before the screening there was also a tribute to Marion Cotillard and her career. Watch part of it below. I also added some screencaps from her red carpet interview as well as pictures from the after party.

After a reel of footage highlighting the best films of her career thus far, the radiant Marion Cotillard graced the stage for a quick conversation before the curtain rose for her latest contribution to French Cinema, Rust and Bone. She humbly admitted that it was “super weird” and almost “schizophrenic” to see footage of herself spliced together because the characters are all her, yet they’re all different people. When asked about the path that led to her success in acting, she confided in a time when she considered leaving the profession to pursue something else, but meeting with Tim Burton and getting a role in Big Fish convinced her to stick with it. And it’s a good thing she did. Since then, she’s secured roles she feels passionate about, in both French and American films, leading her to an Oscar win for Best Actress for La vie en rose (2007), and teaming up with the likes of Michael Mann, Woody Allen, Steven Soderburgh, and Christopher Nolan along the way. After the brief sit-down, director Jacques Audiard took the stage to introduce his cast, including Matthias Schoenaerts, who, as if in character, appropriately cued the feature presentation with an exclamation of, “Open the curtain, show the movie.”
• Source: The Awards Circuit

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011 Events in 2012 > ‘Rust and Bone’ Premiere – After Party – AFI Fest
036 Award Shows & Premieres etc > ‘Rust and Bone’ Premiere – AFI Fest – 2012

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001 Other Public Appearances > AFI Fest

'Rust and Bone' Star Marion Cotillard on Juggling Family, Career

from The Hollywood Reporter / Jane Carlson

The actress, who walked the red carpet at the AFI Fest premiere of her new movie and was feted at a prescreening event, says: “I never see a challenge. I just see a lot of work.”

Marion Cotillard looked ravishing in a white and black Dior gown at AFI Fest on Monday night, where she spoke about the challenges of balancing work and family.

“I never see a challenge,” the Rust and Bone star said. “I just see a lot of work.” Now that the face of Dior has a family, she explains that her ability to set aside time and inhabit a character and then come home and be a mom is important to her. “I didn’t know that I could go back and forth.” This ability allows the actress to take on “very intense roles without losing myself in these roles. It’s really something that I cherish,” she added.

The Oscar winner not only walked the red carpet at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the Los Angeles and AFI Fest premiere of her new film, but she also answered questions during a prescreening event, In Tribute to Marion Cotillard.

She attended the afterparty at the Roosevelt hotel with her co-star Matthias Schoenaerts and the writer-director of the film, Jacques Audiard. There, she mingled with fans and movie industry players including Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, who was celebrating the positive buzz the movie has been receiving. “Sometimes you just have to put your faith in a filmmaker you believe in, and if all of the stars are in alignment, it works out,” said Barker. “This film is a romance unlike you have ever seen.”

Schoenaerts, who is a relative newcomer to the Hollywood scene, said he hopes moviegoers experience “something that was profound” and take away from this movie that “even with a total loss in your life, with love you can rediscover life and come back to life because of that love.”

The French-Belgian film is based on Craig Davidson’s short-story collection of the same name. It tells the story of an unemployed 25-year-old man, trying to take care of his young son, who falls in love with a killer-whale trainer. The Sony Pictures Classics film hits theaters Nov. 16.

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