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May 2013
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Before you met him, what did you think of James Gray as a filmmaker?
I had seen Little Odessa because of the wonderful Tim Roth. I immediately responded to the visceral relationship that James has with his characters and the stories he tells. It’s very important to me to feel that telling that particular story is a matter of life or death for a director, and I could immediately tell that that was the case with James. Later, I saw and loved all his movies, particularly We Own the Night. And he films women wonderfully.

How did The Immigrant come to you?
James and Guillaume Canet became great friends as soon as they met. They wrote a first draft of Blood Ties together, Guillaume’s new film, in Paris. We met several times, shared good food and long talks about films. There were even some heated discussions when we disagreed about an actor… Some time after that, James sent me an email. He wanted to know if I would let him write a picture for me. It didn’t make any sense! I have a list of all the filmmakers I’d dream of working with, and I can assure you James Gray is on that list. I should have been asking him. I can’t express how I felt when I read his email.

What did you like about the story?
It’s a very personal movie for James. And what’s beautiful is that it’s a costume drama built on the scale of this little lady. It could be a big epic about a Polish immigrant coming to New York. But it’s an intimate work, a portrait, a character study.

The big challenge for you, who didn’t speak Polish, was obviously the language?
When I want to make a movie, I focus on the beauty of the story and the character, that’s why I didn’t panic immediately! Then I had to start working, and it got tough. There is not a single word that sounds like English or French in Polish. And yet I had no choice. I had to do everything I could to speak Polish without the hint of an accent. I had very little time, just over a month between Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012) and The Immigrant. I worked with different coaches, one of whom was the actress who plays my aunt in the film. Mid-shoot, James came to me, startled, and said: “You sure have a lot of Polish dialogue!” He had just realized that he had written me twenty pages of Polish dialogue. Whenever I had a free minute on the set, I buried myself in my notebook. “I dreamed of it being perfect.”

Ewa sounds very different from you in real life. Did you find her voice thanks to the language?
I always try to disappear into the character as much as possible, and to find a specific way for her to speak, even in French. Polish brings a different vocal pitch, which helps to give a specific identity to the character. Speaking English in a Polish accent was difficult, but it allowed me to use a different voice. I went through a lot of books at the Polish bookstore in Paris, and saw as many Polish films as I could to listen to the language. I knew where my character was from, and I needed to understand her social background and to know more about her life. Ewa is an educated woman who trained as a nurse. She went through horrendous things that gave her great resilience. What she wants is to make a life for herself in this new country, but not without her sister. She shows amazing strength to find her.

What was shooting on Ellis Island like?
Everyone in the crew was emotional, you could sense it, because their families had arrived there at some point. It was so inspiring: the technical crew, the extras, everyone had a moving story to tell. James himself shared a lot of memories of his family. There’s a scene where Ewa doesn’t know how to eat a banana. That’s directly from his grandmother. In another scene, which is not in the final cut, she mistakes pasta for worms.

James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix have made four movies together. How did you find your place?
I certainly got mixed up with an old couple! They’re both very generous and endearing. Sometimes, when I saw that they were going to keep talking for five hours, I’d tell them: “See you tomorrow! It sounds fascinating, but I have a kid and I have to get home.” Their working relationship is wonderful to observe. And Joaquin is an impressive actor. We met every day before the shoot started, to discuss our characters. That’s when I met him for the first time. He has impeccable instincts, like a wild animal. The character of Bruno was difficult for him, he struggled a lot, and it was very moving to see him fighting with himself. Sometimes, at the end of the scene, he would come up to me and ask me to forgive him for what his character was doing to mine. I had never met someone quite as touching.

What about Jeremy Renner?
He joined quite late, but immediately felt part of the family. The four of us were like brothers and sister. I realize now that we all share an extreme sensitivity and that we all have to struggle with it. It made us closer. For Ewa, who is drowning, Orlando looks like a lifeboat that could save her. Each time she sees him, she wants to believe that she will escape, and she’s full of hope.

What memories do you keep today of The Immigrant?
It was a beautiful experience, with blessed times and others that were more difficult, because we didn’t have all the necessary funds. I loved Ewa and her spirit. And I formed a bond with James Gray that goes deeper than any other I have had with a director.

May 2013
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One down, one to go! Marion shone at Cannes on Monday for the premiere of her first film in the festival, Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties. Early in the day, wearing a gorgeous Antonio Berardi dress, she attended the photocall for the film alongside Guillaume, Zoe Saldana, Clive Owen and James Caan. She seemed to be having a lot of fun laughing about with Zoe and signing autographs for the fans upon arrival.

The traditional press conference ensued and Marion was complimented on her Italian accent by an Italian journalist. A very fun moment where she said she wanted to kiss him! You can watch the press conference on the Official Festival site with English voice over.

Later in the evening the premiere took place. Marion looked stunning in a strapless Dior gown as she walked the red carpet with her co-stars. After the premiere, they headed out for the After Party and cocktail hosted by Dior. Marion changed into a simpler, black Dior gown for the party.

I have added photos from the entire day to the gallery as well as the poster and trailer for Blood Ties.

Finally, with the premiere of The Immigrant taking place this Friday, here are a couple of articles about the film you might enjoy reading:

Interview with Marion Cotillard by flicksandbits.com (thank you, Jed!)
Interview with James Gray by The Hollywood Reporter

038 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Photocall Arrival – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
247 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Photocall – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
065 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Press Conference – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
300 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Premiere – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2013
018 Events in 2013 > ‘Blood Ties’ Cocktail and Party hosted by Dior, May 20, 2013
002 Scans from 2013 > Variety (France), May 21, 2013
001 Movies> Blood Ties – 2013 > Artwork

001 Trailers > Blood Ties Teaser

May 2013
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As the Cannes Film Festival unfolds, Marion Cotillard has made her first appearance at the event. On Friday she attended the Chopard Lunch and posed alongside Fan Bingbing, Livia Firth, Colin Firth, and Laura Baily. The lunch promoted a partnership between Chopard and the Alliance for Responsible Mining for a closer relationship between luxury and sustainability. Marion looked cool and summery in a Vivienne Westwood dress and Jimmy Choo tan sandals. She completed the look with a Chopard ring.

The next day, Marion was spotted at the Dior Cruise Collection 2014 show held in Monaco, wearing a Raff Simons design.

Marion’s movies Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet) and The Immigrant (James Gray) will be screened at Cannes on the 20th and 25th of May, respectively, so we should expect to see her throughout this week!

034 Events in 2013 > Chopard Lunch at The 66th Cannes Film Festival, May 17, 2013
018 Events in 2013 > Dior Cruise Collection 2014, May 18, 2013

May 2013
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Cannes: Bradley Cooper Commits To ‘Chef’ As Cease And Desist Goes To Jon Favreau’s Rival Chef Pic

Bradley Cooper has now formally confirmed to star in the John Wells-directed Chef, making this one of the early projects stirring action from foreign buyers who can now visualize the Silver Linings Playbook star back in meltdown mode in this Shampoo-like drama. He plays a Paris chef named Adam Jones, who destroys his wunderkind status in a blaze of decadence and out of control behavior. He cleans up and returns to Paris sober, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. This has been in the works a bit, and recently Cooper saw Wells’ upcoming TWC Oscar-bait movie August: Osage County and then TWC set Wells to direct Chef. They are now looking to round out that cast, and I’m hearing Michelle Williams and Marion Cotillard as potential female leads, and Omar Sy for co-starring role. The film’s produced by Stacey Sher, Erwin Stoff and Michael Shamberg.


May 2013
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Over the past few weeks I updated the gallery with all the recent pictures of Marion Cotillard at various events. Notably, she visited Japan to promote ‘Rust & Bone‘ (De rouille et d’os) at the end of March and around the movie’s theatrical release there in April many additional stills and promotional pictures were released. If you live in Japan and have additional pictures and/or videos, please don’t hesitate to send them in!

I know, the Cannes Film Festival is around the corner and I’m beyond excited for Marion Cotillard’s new movies but I will not – or only sparingly – be updating this site with new things. There’s never a good time to quit but I still feel the way I posted back in December 2011 and will thus focus on updating this site with all the missing pictures, scans and videos from the past before leaving the site as an open archive.

116 Events in 2013 > 38th César Awards, February 22, 2013
077 Events in 2013 > Paris Fashion Week – Christian Dior Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter, March 1, 2013
048 Events in 2013 > ‘Rust and Bone’ Premiere – Tokyo, March 26, 2013
050 Events in 2013 > Maud Fontenoy Foundation – Annual Gala, April 9, 2013
004 Events in 2013 > Grand Prix Hermes, April 14, 2013
004 Events in 2013 > Jumping de Chantilly, April 19-21, 2013
055 Events in 2013 > Costume Institute Gala “Punk: Chaos to Couture”, May 6, 2013
007 TV Shows > Sukkiri – 2013, aired April 9, 2013 on NTV (Japan)
002 Sessions from 2012 > ‘Rust and Bone’ Promo
037 Sessions from 2013 > ‘De Rouille et d’os’ Promotion in Japan – Session 001
011 Sessions from 2013 > ‘De Rouille et d’os’ Promotion in Japan – Session 002
030 Movies > De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) – 2012 > Stills
004 Movies > De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) – 2012 > Artwork