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Mar 2013
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FOR most people, playing a young woman who has her legs amputated isn’t the easiest of film roles to take on, but Marion Cotillard says that she had the perfect distraction from the intensity of her Rust and Bone character.

“I was a new mum when we were filming – my son was five months old – and he needed me,” she told us. “I wanted to spend time with him and put him to bed. He wasn’t sleeping through the night at that stage. I honestly think I reached the point of exhaustion while I was making that film.”

But, in fact, her newborn was an asset to Cotillard in helping her get into her role of Stéphanie – a whale-trainer who endures a tragic accident.

“I was so tired-looking and drained that when I arrived on set I didn’t need any make-up to make me look ill and miserable,” she said. “The make-up artist would just look at me and say: ‘I think you’re good to go.’ It sounds horrible, but I loved that character so much. It was very easy to get into the physical state that she was in. If anything, it was quite exciting.”

The Oscar-winning actress was drawn to the film because of its “unusual and unconventional script” and because of its director, French-born Jacques Audiard, who also created BAFTA-winning film The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

“It was always a dream of mine to work with him,” she said. “And you don’t get that many female characters written in so much depth and who feel so powerful. I fell in love with the whole package.”

She hopes that the film challenges traditional perceptions of disability.

“I can’t tell you hard it was to try and show what it is to wake to find out your legs just aren’t there anymore,” she said. “The strength it must take to decide that you can’t be sad forever and life can be beautiful again – it’s almost unimaginable.”

Rust and Bone is available on DVD now.

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Feb 2013
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Screendaily posted on Monday that the upcoming movie by the Dardenne brothers starring Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione is titled ‘Deux jours, une nuit‘ or ‘Two Days, One Night‘ in English. And here’s the plot synopsis:

Cotillard will play Sandra, who “helped by her husband, has only a weekend to track down her colleagues and convince them to renounce their bonuses so she can keep her job”.

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Feb 2013
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Last night, Marion attended the Paris premiere of ‘Jappeloup’. Here are some pictures:

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Feb 2013
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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.

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Feb 2013
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SHE may have become a fashion icon, but Marion Cotillard’s heart lies in playing roles with soul.

Marion Cotillard is exactly as I expect when I meet her. Clad in an ivory-hued Dior pencil skirt and shirt, with nude Louboutin heels, she’s sophisticated, glamorous and charming. But despite her poise and style, she’s famous for choosing roles that enable her to disappear into a character and mask her good looks.

“I was raised with the idea of beauty in a different way,” the Parisian-born actor says with a shrug. “To me, it’s something that really comes out of you and surrounds you.”

The face of Dior since 2008, Cotillard admits to feeling pressure to uphold her fashion icon status. “The red carpet is tricky,” she says.

“You have to be yourself, otherwise it looks weird, and that’s a very hard thing to do; you’re in front of people who shout your name and take pictures. Photoshoots are different and a lot of fun, but even those took a while to get used to. I always used to think I looked like shit. I wasn’t confident at all. Now I find I can relax a little.”

The 37-year-old finds it amusing that her name has become synonymous with style.

“To be honest, I didn’t consider fashion to be an art until I became involved with Dior. They changed my vision of fashion, whereas I never paid attention to it before. Although I loved to dress up and I liked clothes, now I see it as a special form of art.”

Cotillard earned Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations for her latest French-language film, Rust and Bone (De Rouille et d’Os). In an emotionally gruelling role, she plays a trainer at a marine park whose world is turned upside down when her legs are crushed in a terrible accident during a killer whale show. As she adjusts to life as an amputee and embarks on a journey of self-acceptance, she begins a relationship with a single father (Matthias Schoenaerts) that’s both touching and disturbing.

Despite Cotillard’s performance being heavily tipped to earn her a Best Actress nod at tonight’s Academy Awards, she was snubbed at the nominations, which caused a stir among film critics and bloggers.

“Her Rust and Bone performance was perhaps the strongest of the year, if not her entire career,” wrote one.

“Despite rave reviews, she does not find herself on the Best Actress list,” lamented another.

However, she insists she made the film not for accolades but because she was fascinated by the topic. “It’s about love and flesh, heart and sex,” she explains. “I can imagine that when you’re in that state it’s really difficult to accept your body and accept that someone else will see and touch this body as it is.”

She acknowledges the sex scenes are confronting. “They’re very intimate and not my favourite thing to do, but without them, the movie would have missed something.”

Seeing her onscreen without limbs is a shock, but it taught her to view her body differently. “First of all, I’m very hard on looking at myself in general, but it was kind of amazing to see myself like that,” she recalls. “I was really impressed by the CGI. Actually, I like the last shot, which is my body naked without legs – I thought it was a beautiful image.”

Cotillard was raised in a household heavily influenced by the arts. Her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, is an actor, award-winning director and a former mime artist. Her mother, Niseema Theillaud, is an actor and drama teacher. Was there any possibility she could have chosen a different career?

Her heavily accented words are expressed slowly and thoughtfully: “I could never have done a profession that wasn’t creative. But, you know, there’s a fighter inside of me. When you have the capacity to fight, when you have the ability to love life and the ability to be happy, it’s easy to be creative. And that’s a treasure my parents gave me.”

After starting out in French television, her breakthrough came in 2003 when she starred in the film Love Me If You Dare. Then, in 2008, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, putting her on the fast track to Hollywood. She recalls feeling like a deer caught in headlights at the time.

“It was kind of scary,” she admits. “I didn’t understand how things worked in Hollywood. But I met some people who helped me stay true to who I am and stay myself.”

She’s since landed major roles in high-profile movies, including Public Enemies, Nine, Inception, Midnight in Paris and The Dark Knight Rises. Although many of her French contemporaries – such as Juliette Binoche, Sophie Marceau, Audrey Tautou – are household names, Cotillard has transcended the language barrier in a way none of them have managed – something she attributes to her ability to speak with an American accent.

“I feel lucky that I can work in Hollywood,” she admits. “When I was a kid, I watched a lot of American movies and I never thought this was something that would happen to me. But once I started acting, I didn’t see any boundaries. I wanted to be an actress; I didn’t want to be a French actress.”

The star now divides her time between France and the US. “I’m a traveller. I spend half the year in America, so I like to be at home in Paris when I can.”

She’s been in a relationship with actor and director Guillaume Canet since 2007, and their son, Marcel, will turn two in May. Cotillard shrugs off suggestions that her life has changed dramatically since becoming a mum.

“Yes, you need to organise yourself differently, but I’m lucky that I can bring him with me to the set,” she says. “The most important thing to give him is love.

“Next up is a collaboration with Canet, who’s directing her in crime thriller Blood Ties opposite Clive Owen and Mila Kunis. He previously directed her in Little White Lies, in 2010. “He’s an amazing director; he knows everything about acting because he’s an actor himself,” she says.

Can working with your partner and having your son onset cause tension at home? She laughs: “It’s complicated. You have to find the right balance, definitely. Otherwise, it’s hell.”

Rust and Bone is in cinemas March 28.