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from Wall Street Journal Magazine (US) / by Megan Conway

Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard perfectly embodies the high-drama of fall fashion.

For Marion Cotillard, the difference between acting and modeling is that when posing for a photograph, only she knows the script. “I find it very interesting to be able to create your own story about what you feel in a certain outfit,” says the French actor of the “romantic and gothic” clothes she wore for this month’s cover shoot. “The difference is, the whole story is known only by you.” On location in New York City, the sapphire-eyed 36-year-old drew upon her experience as one of the most sought-after on-screen performers to bring hard-edged allure to the looks stylist David Vandewal put her in, equal parts delicate and provocative.

Cotillard’s appreciation for fashion developed only recently, after she became a face for Christian Dior ad campaigns. “I would have very dumb answers because I didn’t have anything to say,” she says about fielding journalists’ questions at runway shows in Paris. “Not that I’m smarter with my answers now, but at least my vision of fashion has changed—it’s actually an art, what designers do with the shape of the body.” Still, she tends to limit her high-fashion moments—like the subtly textural evening gowns she wears in this issue (page 64)—to the red carpet.

Embodying the subtle polarities of her characters is one of Cotillard’s strengths, from her fragile yet ferocious Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose” to her portrayal of Mal Cobb in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s menacing but sympathetic bête noire. This summer, Cotillard is joining forces with Nolan once again for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment of his gritty Batman franchise. (“I was crazy about Batman growing up—he was kind of a fantasy,” says Cotillard.) The director was so keen to cast her that he pushed back her shooting schedule until after she had given birth to her first son, Marcel, whose father is the director and actor Guillaume Canet, her partner of many years.

Because her base is in France, and “will ever be,” Cotillard manages to balance Hollywood blockbusters with quieter French films, like the forthcoming Rust and Bone, directed by Jacques Audiard (“he sculpts life in the shape of movies”) and Little White Lies, helmed by Canet. Lies, which was released in France in 2010 and is opening stateside this August, concerns a group of tight-knit friends who “have stopped saying real things to each other because they’re scared that everything in their lives will fall apart.” Certain scenes proved difficult for Canet to direct, as the line between art and life blurred on set—many of the actors are real-life pals of the couple. “If we were shooting a party, we were at a party,” says Cotillard of the gregarious cast. “It was kind of hard for Guillaume to contain us sometimes.”

Cotillard seems serenely happy with her evolving career, as well as with her recent six-month stint in New York. “I have the opportunity to travel in all these worlds, and that’s why I wanted to be an actress. I wanted to go from a point to the opposite point—and that’s happening.” Aware of how clichéd discussing new motherhood can sound, she indulges anyway. “Your priorities are totally changed, and for the best,” she says. After a pause, and a hearty laugh: “I’m super cool now.”

Jun 2012
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Marion Cotillard graces the cover of the Summer Issue of Wall Street Journal Magazine (on newsstands as of Saturday) as well as Mindfood Magazine. Luise added scans of the latter and we have portraits & behind the scenes pictures as well as an excerpt of the article from WSJ. She’s promoting ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ as well as the much delayed US release of ‘Little White Lies‘ (Les petits mouchoirs).

Also, there’s a rumour that Marion Cotillard will grace the cover of the August issue of US Vogue to promote ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘.

Marion Cotillard’s Sultry Side, Wall Street Journal Magazine, July/August

009 Scans from 2012 > Mindfood (International) – July/August
001 Scans from 2012 > Wall Street Journal Magazine (US) – July/August
006 Sessions from 2012 > Wall Street Journal Magazine
002 Behind the Scenes > 2012 – Wall Street Journal Magazine

Jun 2012
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During the Cannes Film Festival back in May, it was rumoured that The Weinstein Company was circling James Gray’s Untitled Project (aka ‘Low Life‘).

News comes today that The Weinstein Company is close to acquiring the U.S. rights of the film and plan to release it in the U.S. in 2013.

Jun 2012
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Rust & Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os) now has a US release date: November 16, 2012.

• Source: Variety

May 2012
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I added 4 new stills from ‘De rouille et d’os‘ (Rust & Bone) and a wonderful article from Dior Mag. In my opinion they found the right words to describe Marion & the movie.

Dior on the town: Marion Cotillard, Dior Mag, May 28

Here, there is no artifice, no makeup. Bare face, bare soul. No pathos, no screaming, no tears – or few. But there’s such a jostle of complex and contradictory feelings and emotions that come across subtly, profoundly, in a vacant stare, an inflection, a half-smile, in the faintest of gestures. Like a hurricane that might sweep away everything in its path without making the slightest sound. … Here, at age 36, is an actress at the height of her art. And such is her curiosity about the cinema, about human beings and the feelings that drive them, we can be certain that she still has surprises in store, that she hasn’t yet revealed all her secrets.

Once again, he [Jacques Audiard] lays emotions bare and exposes raw sentiment with the cool efficiency of a surgeon and the mysterious profundity of a poet. This film is all the more captivating because it touches, almost without seeming to, the very essence of life.

004 De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) – 2012 > Stills