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Apr 2014
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Macbeth‘ recently finished shooting and Baz Bamigboye visited the set while they were filming at Ely Cathedral (March 20-24) which was standing in for Dunsinane Castle. He now published a report which includes mostly an interview with Michael Fassbender who plays Macbeth – and two new stills, one featuring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Here some quotes:

Fassbender refers to his screen wife as ‘Lady M’, and together, they make as powerful a screen couple as I’ve observed in many years.

‘He’s suffering from post traumatic stress disorder,’ Fassbender told me later. It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head. This trauma is something we know about. In World War I they called it battle fatigue, and it was probably more horrific in Macbeth’s days, when they were killing with their bare hands, and driving a blade through bodies. He’s having these hallucinations, and he needs to return to the violence to find some sort of clarity, or peace. He’d been away fighting and when he returns, we see it’s a relationship that’s broken down. They lost a child, and there wasn’t time for them to grieve because he’s been away campaigning.’

However, the couple do reconnect. ‘Lady M is desperate for that reconnection, and briefly they do. And, of course, the doorway has been opened to darkness and to violence,’ Fassbender said. After Duncan is murdered, Lady M hopes that this ‘fantastical deed, this terrible deed, this extraordinary deed of killing a king will be something that will bond them together’. But once the blood is spilled, it leads to more and more killings. ‘He’s wary of doing it,’ Fassbender said, ‘but Lady M bolsters him, and tells him to garner his strength.’

He explained that the cast speak with Scottish accents — all apart from Lady M, the Oscar-winning French actress Ms Cotillard. ‘We felt it would be unreasonable for her to put on a Scottish accent. It would not be unreasonable to presume that her character spent time in the French court.’

Read the full article here.

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Apr 2014
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Fabulous News! ‘Deux jours, une nuit‘ (Two Days, One Night) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione will have its world premiere In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month, as announced earlier today. Along with this news there are new movie stills and a trailer giving us a bit of an idea what to expect. Enjoy!

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001 Movie & TV – 2014: Two Days, One Night

Apr 2014
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ROME – France’s Marion, diva Cotillard, shares in life the melancholic temperament with the heroines embodied on screen. The Oscar-winning Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose”, the girl with no legs in “Rust and Bone”, brings to theatres a new and convincing portrait of a lady (January 16). In James Gray’s epic “The Immigrant” she is a young Polish immigrant who arrives at Ellis Island and ends up a prostitute, caught in a quarrel between the recruiter Joaquin Phoenix and the magician Jeremy Renner. “I feel very close to Ewa. I, like her, know very well what it means to feel like an outcast,” says Marion, 38, the world’s most famous French actress, forty films on her resumé, some made with high caliber filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and Woody. “I have never thought about it in terms of career” – she says – “never planned or analyzed my path. To me it’s just telling stories, investigating the nature of human beings: one lifetime isn’t enough to grasp our complexity. I feel like an anthropologist trying to understand how souls, hearts, and brains work.”

The film is like a historical painting of an era. How did you prepare?
“I left it to the director to research the America of the 20s, my Ewa is an immigrant in a new world. I focused on her and the Polish language. In Michael Mann’s Public Enemies I was playing an American with French roots. This time, I had to be believable as a Polish citizen, delivering lines in Polish, which is a complicated language that I studied like a mad woman. For months. Languages are my obsession: after watching Festen I took Danish lessons because I dreamed of working with director Thomas Vinterberg. ”

How did you create the character of the unfortunate Ewa?
“I went back to the age of twelve, when I had a Polish classmate. She was the misfit of the class, always alone. I was fascinated by her appearance,the proud gaze with which she faced the others and that seemed to say “You don’t know”. I was the only one who would talk to her, even though we didn’t share a friendship. At the time, I was very strange as well. But I seemed to understand her thoughts, that feeling of being threatened by the other children. I based my Ewa on her.”

In what sense were you different at that time?
I was not very social. It took time for me to understand, to learn to manage a normal relationship with others. Very early on, I had too many questions in my head, like “Why are we here?” and “Where do we come from?”. I questioned everything, I lacked the innocence of my age. I felt like I was just one big question mark.”

What was your relationship with your parents like?
“Good. But they were both actors. We are not normal people, we are especially not regarded as such. It can be difficult for a child, I wanted my mother to be like the mothers of my classmates, which she was definitely not. I have two twin brothers bound by an exclusive relationship, only at twenty years old did we manage to have a relationship, before that I considered them animals that I happened to share a family with.”

Has being a daughter of the arts influenced your choices?
“Yes. As a little girl I was fascinated by the lives of my parents, of the people around them; no day was ever the same. I started acting early. I felt that I was made for it even if I didn’t feel entitled to say it out loud, it seemed presumptuous. I wanted to be sure of my ability and it took time and effort to get here.”

Are you finally calm now?
“It’s a good time in my life. I have learned to control my fears and emotions. It’s not fun to always be the outsider. I hated feeling like that. But a part of me will always be somewhere else.”