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8
Oct 2012
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Le Monde featured an article about James Gray’s upcoming movie starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix in their magazine M this past weekend. I added digital scans (sorry for the somewhat poor quality). It featured new stills from the movie. It looks so exciting and I can’t wait to see the it. Apparently, the audience at a masterclass during the Zurich Film Festival last month – held by the movie’s producer Greg Shapiro – were also treated to some footage from the movie (Screendaily.com). However, it will probably be released next spring (Bluewin), so we have to be patient.

004 Movies > Nightingale – 2012 > Stills
004 Magazine Scans > Scans from 2012 > M Le magazine du Monde (France) – October 6

4
Oct 2012
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from Film3Sixty Magazine (UK) / by Matt Mueller

Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts reflect on their roles in Rust And Bone, a powerful tale of flesh, blood and love…

Director Jacques Audiard always knew that he would make Rust And Bone with Marion Cotillard, or no one. “In her personality and in her expression, she’s this perfect mix of masculine and feminine,” explains the French filmmaker. “I first noticed it in La Vie En Rose. There were moments in that film where she was almost transcendent and would reveal the male part of her personality. I always hoped our paths would cross.”

Cotillard was equally thrilled at the prospect of working with Audiard, besotted by his earlier “poetic” visions The Beat That My Heart Skipped and A Prophet. In the director’s new dark fairy-tale, the actress plays Stéphanie, a killer-whale trainer who loses her legs in a marine-park tragedy but overcomes her desolation thanks to the kind attentions of a brusque street-fighter (Schoenaerts). “To go on this journey with Jacques was so exciting and inspiring,” reveals Cotillard, who won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Cesar for her performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose and will certainly gain traction in the looming awards race with Rust And Bone. “With Piaf I wanted to explore everything. With Stéphanie I didn’t need to do that. The mystery I felt about her stayed with me throughout the shoot.”

It’s a tale of two outcasts who find each other, accidentally. Stéphanie is “an arrogant princess” – Audiard’s words – whose misfortune opens her up to life; Ali is a tough single father who decides to simply help her, without compassion or pity. On Schoenaerts’ first day with the actress, he arrived on set to find Cotillard in a wheelchair, staring at the ground and not speaking to anyone. She was already locked into Stéphanie’s sorrowful mindset and while at first he found himself unsettled by her startling transformation, the two actors – who both won rave reviews for their performances at the Cannes Film Festival – went on to build a powerful rapport that has been rendered on screen in one of the most evocative and moving love stories of the year. Cotillard talks about her powerful performance to Film3Sixty magazine…

Jacques Audiard describes you as a “virile” actress. Do you think he’s right?

Marion Cotillard: I never think of myself as any particular kind of actress but I do take it as a compliment. And what I know is that, in my family, the feminine side and the masculine side are very equal so that must reflect in me.

Has having your first child changed you as an actress?

MC: It definitely changed something. On set, it was the same because when I’m in the character, then it’s only the character. But even though I don’t stay in character when I’m not shooting, there is this part of me… someone is sharing my body and is there most of the time. With my son, it’s impossible to take someone else home.

How do you psychologically prepare to play a character who has lost both her legs?

MC: I try to do the best I can to imagine what it would be and if I’m lucky enough it works. But losing something and being in pain… I know what that is, and then it’s just my imagination that works to try to find that authenticity of what it feels like to lose your legs. I think it’s beautiful to show how someone can survive and be more complete without a part of herself that she was when she had her whole body. Emotionally, it’s a beautiful journey to play.

Jacques told you to think of Stephanie as a cowgirl. What did he mean by that?

MC: I’d say a cowboy! I think her strength is related to the love that she has for life even though she doesn’t know yet that she deeply loves life. She actually doesn’t know how to live with herself. She pretends she’s strong, she pretends she’s tough when on a certain level she’s not. But she will discover that she is stronger even than what she pretends.

Do you consider yourself tough?

MC: Tough, I don’t know. But I definitely have strength. There are very few things that would put me down. In fact, I can’t think of a single one.

Could you live without acting and films?

MC: I definitely could live without acting. I just wouldn’t be very happy.

Introducing… MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS

Born: December 1977 in Antwerp, Belgium

Previously seen in: Loft, Bullhead (2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film)

Next up: Blood Ties (also with Cotillard; co-written and directed by Cotillard’s partner Guillaume Canet)

On playing the brutal yet sensitive Ali in Rust And Bone: “It’s just part of being human. We’re not one thing. We can be tender and brutal at the same time.”

On his surging career: “I’m going with the flow and seeing what comes my way. But I’m not in a rush. I’ll take my time.”

Rust And Bone is released in UK cinemas on 2 November.

30
Sep 2012
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I added scans from this year’s features in both the UK & France edition of Marie Claire. The article is identical.

Also I found this article about Marion Cotillard & her little world featuring pictures from her childhood & her apartment at the time published during promotion for ‘Ma vie en l’air‘ in the 2005 September issue of France’s Marie Claire. We already had bits from the interview in the press archive, but now you can read the full version. Enjoy!

Le petit monde de Marion Cotillard !, Marie Claire, September 2005 (read with Google Translator)
‘I’ve Finally Made Peace With Myself’, Marie Claire, August 2012

Note: please credit the source if you repost the articles as I spent a long time typing them all up by hand, thank you.

Gallery:
006 Scans from 2005 > Marie Claire (France) – September
008 Scans from 2012 > Marie Claire (UK) – August
001 Scans from 2012 > Marie Claire (France) – October

Kindly do not redistribute the magazine scans at another Marion Cotillard fan site as they were scanned exclusively for ‘Magnifique Marion Cotillard’. Thank you.

27
Sep 2012
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from Georgia Straight (Canada) / by Melora Koepke

Toronto—Although Marion Cotillard’s most famous role required much preparation and an on-screen transformation into a renowned historical character, it turns out she also lights up Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone in a part that’s all her own.

Cotillard, daughter of an acting family from suburban Paris, vaulted to A-list celebrity status when she won an Oscar for her incarnation of Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose, which required months of preparation. For that role, she had to virtually disappear into the visage and mannerisms of France’s most famous chanteuse, whose physicality was well known to millions.

Since achieving international screen stardom, she has made several American movies—including two, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, with Christopher Nolan, as well as Midnight in Paris with Woody Allen—and a few French ones, including the upcoming Blood Ties with her husband, writer-director Guillaume Canet.

But she says she has never approached a role—one that she had to invent within herself, and somewhat on the fly—as instinctually as that of Stephanie in Rust and Bone. The film was a festival favourite in Cannes and Toronto and will play next week as part of VIFF’s Spotlight on France, along with films by Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivier Assayas, and Raymond Depardon, as well as documentaries about a famous French restaurant and Serge Gainsbourg.

Audiard (A Prophet, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) is one of France’s most acclaimed auteurs, yet Cotillard, busy Hollywoodienne and the mother of a young son, had to juggle and squeeze in order to fit the film into her schedule. Though she did, in the end, make the time to shoot it—she cites the chance to work with Audiard as an unmissable opportunity—she had little rehearsal and prep time. Yet as the female half of Audiard’s most uncommon love story, she delivers perhaps the most visceral performance of her career.

“I usually love the [time spent] preparing a movie, but I didn’t have much time to prepare this. Really, I wasn’t even supposed to do this movie,” Cotillard told the Georgia Straight at the Toronto International Film Festival recently. “The process of going to encounter a new person, to try to understand this person, is very important to me. I didn’t have as much time as I usually take, and at the same time, Stephanie was the most mysterious character I had ever read.”

Stephanie is a heroine in more than just the usual ways. She’s a marine biologist who trains orcas at Marineland on the Côte D’Azur. There, she meets rough, desperate Ali (rising star Matthias Schoenaerts), a single father and bare-knuckle fighter, when she is out alone at a nightclub where he’s working the door. After a dustup in the club, he drives her home to her unappreciative boyfriend. After an unlikely and terrible accident in the whale pool from which Stephanie wakes up a double amputee, she calls Ali. He becomes the only person who doesn’t treat her as an invalid.

Like Audiard’s A Prophet, considered one of the most remarkable films to come out of French cinema in years, Rust and Bone is shot with brutal artistry. It’s hardly a feel-good romance, though the characters do achieve a raw, hard-won optimism through their connection with each other. Although the director’s focus is on his fierce respect for the story’s characters, there’s also harsh commentary about the brutal inequalities in modern European society. Rust and Bone is something that Cotillard thinks French cinema “needs more of”.

She says that to play Stephanie, she was forced to look inside herself, and it wasn’t an easy process.

“Usually, when I read a part and I want to do it, immediately there’s a connection and I know who this [character] is,” she says. “With [Stephanie], at the end of reading the script, I had no idea who she was. And I had to tell Jacques, even though I was a little scared… but I was surprised, because then he told me: ‘Neither do I; we will have to go on the road and find her!’ So for this movie, we had less time to do the work and more work to do along the way. But it was kind of exciting, because it was something I had never experienced before.”

It seems that in France, as in Hollywood, good roles for women in their 30s are hard to come by. Audiard created some signature high-stakes scenarios, including representations of sex and violence, for Stephanie and Ali—and these presented alluring challenges for Cotillard.

“It’s rare to find a very good story and a very good role, there’s no question,” Cotillard says. “When I read something and I become obsessed right away, I need to do the film. First, I met Jacques, and then I totally fell in love with the story and the character. I was so moved. It got right into my blood… Ali sees Stephanie as a human being, when before she was an empty shell. He doesn’t look at her right away as a woman—she has to teach him that!—but she feels alive because he thinks she is.”

Cotillard, meanwhile, is always caught up in a kind of love story, the kind that occurs between actors and the people who help them bring their best to the screen.

“The first person I work for is the director; if I have no director on-set, I would be so bad,” she says. “I love having different experiences inside French cinema or American cinema. [The blockbusters] are a lot of fun: it’s huge and crazy and I have had the chance to work on very big movies with a very special director, Chris Nolan, who has the spirit of an independent. I think it might be different to work on a real ‘studio movie’. I was offered these kinds of movies several times, but I will never regret not being in these movies because, first of all, I don’t like them; I have seen several of the movies I turned down, afterwards, and I was, like, yeah, it’s obvious I could not fit in there because there was no director.”

26
Sep 2012
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de Gala / par Hervé Tropéa

Infatigable depuis son Oscar, il y a quatre ans, la plus internationale des Frenchies a décidé de profiter de son compagnon, Guillaume Canet et de leur fils, Marcel.

C’est l’une des actrices françaises les plus aulées au monde, mais l’une de celles qui respirent sans doute le plus la simplicité. Au festival de Toronto, au Canada, où nous l’avons rencontrée, elle nous a livré son ressenti sur la maternité, sur la célébrité et sur le plaisir qu’elle a à travailler avec son compagnon, Guillaume Canet. Avant de s’accorder un break bien mérité.

Gala : En quoi devenir maman a changé votre vie?
Marion Cotillard :
Avant d’avoir un enfant (Marcel, né en mai 2011, ndlr), je me consacrais totalement à mon travail au point, parfois, de rester imprégnée par mes rôles après la fin d’un tournage. Ce n’est plus le cas. Je ne peux plus rien garder d’un personnage au risque de faire vraiment très peur à mon fils. (Elle rit.) Je sépare mieux ma vie de femme de ma vie d’actrice, et je dois dire que ce n’est pas si difficile.

Gala : Emmenez-vous votre fils quand vous tournez ?
M. C. :
Oui, j’ai ce privilège de pouvoir l’emmener souvent avec moi.

Gala : Seriez-vous prête à mettre votre carrière en suspens pour l’élever ?
M. C. :
J’ai justement commencé à faire une pause. Cela ne se voit pas aujourd’hui puisque je vous accorde cette interview, mais je rentre à la maison ce soir pour le retrouver. J’ai décidé de passer davantage de temps avec ma famille.

Gala : La célébrité vous a changée ?
M. C. :
Au quotidien, lorsque je suis avec mes amis et que personne ne me surveille, je suis totalement détendue. Pour me protèger et éviter de souffrir, j’évite juste de m’intéresser à ce qui est écrit ou dit à mon sujet…

Gala : Vous donnez l’impression de ne pas baisser les bras facilement…
M. C. :
J’ai une âme de combattante… Il est plus facile de l’être quand on vous donne la possibilité d’aimer la vie et d’être heureux. C’est un trésor que mes parents m’ont donné et je suis aujourd’hui extrêment heureuse. J’ai toujours l’impression de vivre un rêve.

Gala : Vous avez été membre du groupe Yodelice. La musique compte-elle toujours pour vous ?
M. C. :
Il y a deux ans, je pouvais encore faire de la scène, mais c’est difficile aujourd’hui. Au départ, je ne faisais pas partie de ce groupe, mais ils m’ont progressivement adoptée. Aujourd’hui, ils me laissent la porte ouverte, je sais que je serai toujours la bienvenue. J’espère pouvoir les rejoindre à nouveau. Maxim Nucci (le leader du groupe, ndlr) est un ami très proche. Je le vois bientôt d’ailleurs, et nous allons écrire des chansons.

Gala : Un titre que vous appréciez ?
M. C. :
Il y a une artiste que je connaissais peu et que je commence à aimer, c’est Katy Perry. Sa chanson Firework me donne des frissons, elle me rappelle la scène où mon personnage dans De rouille et d’os refait une choréographie avec les bras sur son balcon.

Gala : Vous venez de collaborer à nouveau avec votre compagnon, Guillaume Canet. En quoi être dirigée par son conjoint est-il une expérience différente ?
M. C. :
Sur un plateau, un lien spécial nous unit. Nous avons une confiance énorme l’un en l’autre. C’est formidable pour moi de bosser avec quelqu’un que je connais si bien. Lorsque qu’il est à l’œuvre, je suis impressionnée comme si je le voyas pour la première fois. C’est un réalisateur incroyable et surtout un metteur en scène extra pour les acteurs.

Gala : Seriez-vous prête à partir vivre avec Guillaume aux Etats-Unis ?
M. C. :
Vous savez, je passe déjà presque la moitié de mon temps en Amérique. Je voyage énormément, mais je suis toujours très heureuse de revenir dans mon pays.

Gala : Votre vie en France a dû cependant bien changer…
M. C. :
Oui, mais c’est un peu la rançon du succès. Je n’ai pas le droit de me plaindre, d’autant que je ne suis pas comm certaines célébrités américaines qui sont suivies par des paparazzis vingt-quatre heures sur vingt-quatre. Du moins, pas pour le moment. (Elle rit.)