This was unofficial before, then mentioned briefly at Toronto, but now it seems it is confirmed. Marion will be in the Dardenne brothers next film.
Following their excellent drama The Kid with the Bike brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne are developing their follow-up and we’ve got exclusive details on the project. We recently sat down with Luc Dardenne to discuss the evolution of filmmaking using digital technology, the art of character development, the Oscars and their upcoming, currently untitled film.
The Palm d’Or-winning Belgian filmmaker exclusively revealed that Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard had just signed on to play the lead in project. While no details were given about her character, Dardenne expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for the finished script and for their first-time directing Cotillard. The native francophone went on to say, “We are looking forward to collaborating with Marion. We are all big fans of each others work.”
Luc penned the original script alongside his brother and we’re told that the origins of the script stems from a project which the brothers began many years ago, but only last summer came full circle. Other details of the storyline and characters are being kept tightly under wraps. However, given the history of the roles created by the Dardenne brothers, Cotillard is in good hands. While more of the ensemble will be announced soon, we’ve also got word that Belgian actor Fabrizio Rongione (Rosetta, The Kid With the Bike) will co-star with Cotillard in a supporting role.
The film is produced by Les Films du Fleuve and is set to begin shooting early this summer in the Wallonie region of Belgium. We’ll have more details about the untitled production in our conversation with the filmmaker later this week, but in the meantime one can see Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust & Bone, which was co-produced by the Dardenne brothers’ production company.
Credit: Film Stage
Marion won Best Actress at Etoiles d’Or (Golden Stars) for her performance in ‘De rouille et d’os‘ (‘Rust and Bone‘). The film itself won five awards (Desplat also won Score). A reminder that the Césars are on this Friday.
Credit to Cineuropa for information.
Best Film, Best Actress (Marion Cotillard), Best Screenplay (Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain) and Best Male Newcomer (Matthias Schoenaerts). With four prizes in this 14th edition of the Golden Stars awarded by French cinema journalists and movie critics, Rust&Bone by Jacques Audiard beats Love by Michael Haneke, which won the Best Director and Best Actor awards (Jean-Louis Trintignant).
It is worth thinking about these results since the Césars will be awarded on February 22nd. Indeed, over the past few years, the 450 members of the Golden Stars’ jury and the 4,200 members of the Academy of Film Arts and Techniques (who vote at the Césars) have very often opted for the same film. Winning prizes around the world, will Love be snubbed in its majority production country (France)? We’ll have the answer on Friday night.
Marion is in talks to join the new adaptation of ‘Diary of a Chambermaid’. The following information is courtesy of Variety.
“Rust and Bone” star Marion Cotillard is in negotiations to topline Benoit Jacquot’s “Diary of a Chambermaid” (Le Journal d’une femme de chambre), based on Octave Mirbeau’s classic novel.
“Chambermaid” has been brought twice to the bigscreen: in 1946, Jean Renoir helmed Paulette Goddard in a Hollywood-set English-language makeover; and in 1964, Luis Bunuel directed Jeanne Moreau in a French-Italian adaptation.
Cotillard would star as Celestine, a young and ambitious woman who works as a chambermaid for wealthy families from 1890 to 1900. Through Celestine’s eyes, the film will shed light on the condition of house servants and perversions within France’s upper-class society at the turn of the 20th century.
Novel was published in 1900 amid the infamous Alfred Dreyfus’ political scandal. It was perceived as subversive because it gave a voice to a servant and denounced domestic service as a form of slavery.
As first reported in Variety (Daily Variety, Feb. 11), The Euros6.5 million ($8.7 million) project is penned by Helene Zimmer and Jacquot; and produced by Jean-Pierre Guerin’s new JPG Prods. and Kristina Larsen at Les Films du Lendemain. The pair last teamed on “Farewell My Queen,” which has been nommed for 10 Cesar awards.
Elle Driver is repping “Chambermaid” in international markets.
Guerin told Variety that Cotillard has met with Jacquot and is looking forward to reading the script and working with the French director.
As with “La Vie en Rose” and “Rust and Bone,” “Chambermaid” is likely to be an intense performance-driven film in which Cotillard will play a central part, appearing in virtually every shots. “Chambermaid” could also be another high-profile award-winning vehicle.
Project will bring back some of the “Farewell My Queen” crew including costumers Christian Gasc and Valerie Ranchoux, and set designer Katia Wyszkop.
Lensing is expected to kick off in March 2014.
Cotillard will next be seen in James Gray’s “Lowlife,” which is released by The Weinstein Co.; and Guillaume Canet’s English-language debut “Blood Ties.” CAA handles U.S. distribution rights.
Cotillard is repped by Adequat in Paris and CAA in Los Angeles.
Various Awards news round-up.
- AACTA International Awards – Marion lost Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence (‘Silver Linings Playbook’).
- BAFTA Awards – Marion lost Best Actress to Emmanuelle Riva (‘Amour’).
- César Award – Marion received a Best Actress nomination for her role in ‘Rust and Bone’.
- Globes de Cristal – Marion won Best Actress for her role in ‘Rust and Bone’.
- Irish Film and Television Awards – Marion won the International Actress Award for her role in ‘Rust and Bone’.
- Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) Awards – Marion lost Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence (‘Silver Linings Playbook’).
I have added some HQs from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, BAFTA Tea Party, W Magazine Pre-Golden Globes Party and Golden Globes.
Credit goes to Amelia for Golden Globe HQs and Marica for the other HQs listed below.
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