Five things we learned at the press conference for Blood Ties, featuring Marion Cotillard

Five things we learned at the press conference for Blood Ties, featuring Marion Cotillard

What: Blood Ties, French director Guillaume Canet’s fourth feature film about a pair of brothers (played by Billy Crudup and Clive Owen) — one a cop, the other a criminal — in 1970’s New York. Marion Cotillard plays the mother of Chris’s (Owen) children, who’s trying to run her own brothel.

When: Sept. 10, 10:45 a.m.

Who: Director Guillaume Canet, producer Alain Attal, Marion Cotillard

1. Canet, who has long been fascinated with the 1970’s, has always wanted to set one of his films during this period in New York.
“I grew up with … the cinema of the 1970’s in the U.S. Like Sam Peckinpah and Jerry Schatzberg,” said the Tell No One director, seated beside his real-life partner, Cotillard. “I’ve always been very excited about making a movie of that genre.”

2. Canet and Cotillard admit there are ups and downs to being in a working and personal relationship.
The couple, who have been together for several years and have a child, talked at length about the difficulties of both living and work together. “I trust Guillaume 200 per cent,” said Cotillard. “I would do anything for him to get what he wants. When he’s not happy, it touches me deeply. But it’s interesting to be in the life of someone who’s in the creative process. Even though it’s sometimes really hard to live, sometimes it’s heaven and sometimes it’s hell. But I’m supportive because I know this creative process is really intense.”

3. Don’t ask the La Vie en Rose actress about her personal life, even if you disguise it as a question about Parisians being more romantic.
When a journalist asked how the couple keeps the romance alive at home since France is the most romantic country in the world, Cotillard gracefully responded, “I cannot answer this question. We never talk about our personal life.” Canet quickly turned to the actress and said, “You can just say I’m very romantic at home, too.”

4. Cotillard accepted the role partly because she was looking for a film set in the 1970’s, since she’s acted in films from virtually every other period in recent history.
“I was very excited to explore this period because I had explored the 20s, 40s, 50s, 60s, even the 80s, but never the 70s,” said Cotillard, to which Canet joked, “This is why I picked the 70s, to make sure she would accept.” The actress, smiling, replied, “No, I would have accepted anything,” before adding, “There is a special groove to the 70s and I loved working on the very specific body language that really comes with what they wore and the period’s time and the way people wanted to set themselves free of the constrictions that they had lived in for years.”

5. Cotillard, who dons an Italian accent in the film, had no trouble picking up Polish for a role, but failed miserably at learning Italian.
Cotillard had to learn some Polish for her work in the film The Immigrant, but says she simply couldn’t pick up Italian for Blood Ties (even though it was all her idea!) “I wanted to learn a little bit of Italian, but I failed,” said Cotillard. “It was kind of dramatic for me, but I didn’t have to speak Italian in the movie so it was’t like a major public failure … The amount of time it took me to learn four lines in Italian was the same amount of time it took me to learn 20 pages in Polish. I mean, I am really not good at Italian.”

Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet partners of a different kind in ‘Blood Ties’

Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet partners of a different kind in ‘Blood Ties’

Marion Cotillard, the stunning French actress who won an Oscar for La Vie en Rose, was delighted that she did not have to strip off her clothes to play a prostitute in Guillaume Canet’s Brooklyn crime thriller, Blood Ties.

“How it was written,” she told a TIFF press conference on Tuesday, “I didn’t have to do crazy naked stuff.”

Emotionally, she did have to go to extremes, but that was easier because that is her job as an actress. “I would have gone wherever Guillaume wanted to go.”

Cotillard, of course, was confident she would not be exploited by writer-director Canet. After all, he happens to be her life partner, and father of Cotillard’s two-year-old son Marcel. Blood Ties is also the second time they have worked together, after she starred in Little White Lies (2010), his French-language dramatic comedy. Blood Ties is Canet’s English-language debut.

Working together is like a love affair, only with a different set of complications. “Personally,” Canet said, “I think it is an advantage only for the director … and not at all for the actress.”

“That’s not true!” Cotillard said, glancing at her lover, who is a heartthrob movie star in France when not directing his own films.

“It is very different for the actress,” Canet continued, describing how Cotillard would have to come home after a day of shooting “and you don’t want to hear all the director’s problems that he had all day long.”

Filmmakers who direct their lovers also have another issue to deal with, he said: “They don’t want to express too much the admiration and love (they have) for their partner. So, on the set, unconsciously, they are less … (he pauses, searching for the phrase in English) …”

“Open to compliments?” Cotillard offers with a mischievous grin.

“Yes! On the other hand, I think there is something really, really important and magical when you shoot a movie with someone who is your partner.” That something is trust.

“All directors know that Marion has something extraordinary in her way of working. She is very generous and, once she is committed to a movie, she is trusting the director no matter what. With me, it is even more because she knows she would give everything. She trusts me because she knows me, and she knows I don’t want to disappoint her and (put) her in a weird situation. For me, that a huge gift — to have this complicity.”

For Cotillard, their relationship is based on that same sense of trust that Canet described. “I trust Guillaume 200%.”

As for being given a hard time on set, “He was always fair. Don’t believe what he said about being more difficult. And I would do anything for him to get what he wants.”

Cotillard and Canet are well known for not talking about their personal life together in Paris. So their revelations about their working relationship are somewhat unusual. But Cotillard brought down their cone of silence when a Mexican journalist awkwardly asked her to describe her romantic relationship with Canet.

“We never talk about our personal life,” Cotillard said.

“You can just say I’m very romantic at home, too,” Canet suggested.

“Which is true, actually,” Cotillard confirmed.

Portrait Updates

 

For the past few weeks, Mia and I have been updating the portraits gallery with new and not so new shoots, rare outtakes and behind the scenes photos. Some of the shoots are entirely new to the site, others have been added to where new photos were found. Enjoy!

Gallery:
013 Sessions from 2012 > The Hollywood Reporter
001 Sessions from 2012 > Wall Street Journal Magazine
002 Sessions from 2012 > New York Times
003 Sessions from 2012 > C Magazine
009 Sessions from 2012 > Elle France
005 Sessions from 2011 > L’Express Styles
003 Sessions from 2010 > Vanity Fair Italy
001 Sessions from 2010 > Studio Harcourt Paris
001 Sessions from 2010 > Interview
011 Sessions from 2007 > Set 003
004 Sessions from 2005 > Set 003
001 Sessions from 2005 > Elle
003 Sessions from 2005 > Set 001
001 Sessions from 2004 > Cannes Film Festival
029 Sessions from 2004 > VSD
002 Sessions from 2004 > Score
001 Sessions from 2004 > L’Optimum
001 Sessions from 2003 > Set 001
005 Sessions from 2003 > Elle
004 Sessions from 2003 > Paris Match
012 Sessions from 2003 > Studio
002 Sessions from 2003 > Studio
005 Sessions from 2002 > Set 001
003 Sessions from 2001 > L’Optimum
016 Sessions from 2001 > Ciné Live
003 Sessions from 2001 > ‘Une Femme Piegée’ Promo
006 Sessions from 2000 > Studio
002 Sessions from 2000 > Cannes Film Festival
002 Sessions from 2000 > Le Progrès
009 Sessions from 2000 > Set 001
002 Sessions from 2000 > Set 002
004 Sessions from 2000 > Set 003
001 Sessions from 1999 > Studio Harcourt Paris
003 Sessions from 1998 > ‘Taxi’ Promo
002 Behind the Scenes > L’Optimum
003 Behind the Scenes > Elle
004 Behind the Scenes > Paris Match
014 Unknown Sessions > Set 001
002 Unknown Sessions > Set 002

'Taxi' Blu-ray Screencaptures

Taxi‘ was released on Blu-ray in France earlier this year (buy it on Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) as a 15 year anniversary edition. The film has been completely remastered leading to a stunning picture quality; the disc comes with English subtitles, a new Making Of and Photo Gallery as well as with hard copy photographs and a board journal. Most of it revolves around the cars and the two main stars but Marion Cotillard is also featured. The journal starts in 1983 when Luc Besson became known and ends in Cannes 1998 when ‘Taxi‘ had become a success and they decided to do a sequel. The only thing relating to Marion Cotillard in it is that casting her was a unanimous decision. Enjoy the screencaptures:

Gallery:
318 Taxi – 1998 > Blu-ray Screencaptures
009 Taxi – 1998 > Blu-ray Screencaptures > Making Of
013 Taxi – 1998 > Blu-ray Screencaptures > Photo Gallery

Marion Cotillard la petite fugueuse

Marion Cotillard la petite fugueuse

Marion Cotillard adore voir et revoir les films de George Cukor.

À 20 ans, elle a déjà beaucoup joué. Rencontre avec Marion Cotillard, qui n’a pas eu peur, dans “Chloé”, d’interpréter une prostituée.

Cheveux châtains longs, yeux bleus, longe silhouette, Marion Cotillard se souvient de “Chloé”, un personnage de jeune fille révoltée. Dans cette histoire réalisée par Dennis Berry, la chaleur des sentiments était inversement proportionnelle au froid qui régnait lors du tournage, la nuit dans les rues de Liège. “J’avais déjà rencontré Dennis lors d’un épisode de “Highlander”. Il m’a parlé de son scénario, je l’ai lu. Mais je n’ai pas eu envie de jouer ce rôle. Après réécriture, deux ans plus tard, j’ai été séduite par Chloé, pleine d’espoir, toujours en quête d’absolue. J’ai plongé en me disant que je n’aurai peut-être plus l’occasion d’intrerpréter un personnage aussi fort.” Le pari était risqué : camper une prostituée n’est pas des plus aisés. Mais Marion n’a pas eu froid aux yeux : “Apparaître nue ne m’a pas dérangée. Ce n’était pas une exhibition gratuite, c’était justifié pour la crédibilité de mon personnage.”

Cette Parisienne compte trois films et cinq téléfilms à son actif. Nous la retrouverons bientôt au cinéma dans “La belle verte” de Coline Serreau. “Je joue une infirmière qui s’occupe d’enfants et rencontre un extraterrestre.”

Quand elle ne travaille pas, Marion Cotillard lit beaucoup, contemple de sa fenêtre les arbres qu’elle adore. Son appartment donne sur une cour de couvent, ce qui lui donne l’impression d’être loin de Paris. Elle confectionne aussi des plats mexicains pour ses copains. “Je les sers devant la télévision pendant la retransmission des matchs de football.”

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