Sony Pictures Classics have revealed that they will release on Blu-ray Woody Allen’s love letter to the French capital Midnight in Paris (2011), starring Owen Wilson (The Darjeeling Limited), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), and Kurt Fuller (The Pursuit of Happyness). Earlier this year, the film had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Midnight in Paris is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the Fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
• Midnight in Cannes featurette
• Photo gallery
Midnight in Paris – which was financed by Mediapro, the Spanish company that also funded Woody Allen’s last two films, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger – is set to arrive on December 20th. Amazon pre-orders are now available.
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The success story of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ is continuing. It has now taken $50 million at the U.S. box office – and is now Woody Allen’s top-grossing film of all time at the US box office. It had overtaken both Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Match Point‘s gross of $23.2 million in late June and has since beaten the $40.1 million earned 25 years ago by Hannah and Her Sisters.
Sony Pictures Classics have now announced their plans for a wide US re-release of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ as of August 26 (likely to expand to 900-1000 theatres as opposed to the current 400). The re-release will be accompanied by new TV ads. It seems like the studio to get the best out of the movie – both in terms of profit and Oscar buzz.
Also ‘Midnight in Paris‘ was released in theatres in German speaking territory (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) yesterday.
If you haven’t yet seen ‘Midnight in Paris‘ even though it is playing in a cinema near you be sure to go see it soon! I myself went to see it a few weeks ago and was thoroughly charmed and entertained by this enchanting and funny comedy.
The movie’s release date for Germany has been changed, it’ll be in theatres on August 18, 2011 – one week earlier than previously annouced. Here’s the German Trailer and the German Website. Hopscotch Films aquired the rights to distribute ‘Midnight in Paris‘ in Australia. No date has been set yet but it will be later this year (source).
Here are 2 clips – in Spanish – both from Marion Cotillard’s first moment as Adriana in the movie. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find them with the original audio. Clip 1 – First Impression • Clip 2 – Belle Epoque
Since last Friday Marion Cotillard’s latest movie ‘Midnight in Paris‘ is out in the US. At the moment it’s only screening in 6 theaters in New York on Los Angeles but it’ll expand to more theatres this Friday and to even more in the coming weeks. Visit the official movie site for the release schedule to find out when it’ll play in a theater near you.
Here’s a brief recap on how the movie has been doing at the box office. On its opening day in France ‘Midnight in Paris‘ had at least 2 screenings less than other movies opening the same time because cinemas were only allowed to screen it as of 8pm – the time when the movie had its Cannes premiere. Nevertheless it had the best opening day attracting 43 294 people to the cinema (source). On the weekly box office it ended up second after ‘Fast Five‘ grossing $4.2 million from 406 locations in the first week (source) and $2.45 million from 467 locations in the second week (source). In French speaking Switzerland it also ranked #2 attracting 13 572 people at 12 cinemas (source). Great news comes from Spain where it opened the same week as in France and immediately was number 1 at the box office on its first weekend by selling 150 000 tickets (source) and remained in the top spot for the first week, grossing $1.5 million from 242 locations (source). What about the US? Despite its very limited opening it came in at #12 grossing $578,805 from just six theaters. This is a per location average of $96,468 – the best for an indie film in 2011.
The US release also brought more reviews – and very good reviews at that. According to Rotten Tomatoes 92 % critics reviewed ‘Midnight in Paris‘ favourably. Congratulations!
Unfortunately I can’t talk to much about one of the most surprising supporting roles in the film from Marion Cotillard (Inception, Nine) without giving away the film’s premise, except to say that this is a brilliant role for her. She is one of the few remaining actresses these days to transcend simply being hot and having a true classic beauty to her.
• The Flick Cast
Cotillard, as lovely as ever, also gives a fine performance, in a role that grows to parallel Gil’s as that of a sort of out-of-time cosmonaut.
And he falls in love with the smoky-eyed, sad-voiced Adriana (a beguiling Marion Cotillard), a muse for Picasso with her own yearnings for previous eras.
• New York Daily News
Allen has found the ideal actor for each and every role, including … a luminous Marion Cotillard,…
• indie WIRE
P.S. Midnight in Paris is also worth catching because of the divine presence of Marion Cotillard, as well as appearances by Kathy Bates, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, and many more some happily hamming up cameos, with others delightfully and subtly evocative. Darius Khondji, director of photography, captures the golden light of a gorgeous city.
She’s as real as the marvelous Marion Cotillard can make her, which is to say intensely.
• Wall Street Journal
Bolstered by appealing performers like Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams, it is his warmest, mellowest and funniest venture in far too long. … With remarkable naturalness and considerable charisma, Cotillard is just as she should be here
• La Times
On a sidenote there’s a funny little story how bumping into Marion Cotillard in New York and talking about their roles in an upcoming movie helped Michael Sheen put together the plot of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ without having read a full script. Read it over at ComingSoon.net.
Many thanks to Jennifer & Megara for sending in ‘Midnight in Paris‘ related scans. The Spanish Cinemania interview is the same as the English interview previously published in Total Film.
After a few French interviews, here’s an article in English about actresses in Hollywood who don’t have English as their first language. Marion Cotillard is mentioned throughout and there seem to be a few new quotes:
• One foot’s in Hollywood, the other’s in Europe, Los Angeles Times, May 11
Thanks to Oliver.G.Byrne I added English translations of two of Marion’s recent in-depth French interviews. Many thanks for your hard work!
• I would have loved to walk the stairs of the festival with Woody Allen, L’Express Styles
• I would love to live a double life, Madame Figaro
Then, the official ‘Midnight in Paris’ website has gone live with a ton of content. Be sure to check it out. Here’s the Spanish Website, the movie opens in Spain on Friday. One of the interesting contents are the production notes:
• Midnight in Paris: About the Production
The production notes reveal quite a large part of the plot so procede with caution if you want to remain spoiler-free. Here some Marion-relevant bits:
About Adriana: “Adriana doesn’t know where she belongs, she is searching for her place. She admires artists because their world is wide and their imagination takes them to some marvelous places. She needs to dream. She has always felt she didn’t belong to the era she lives in and she feels Gil is the same kind of person. She recognizes herself in him.”
Woody Allen about Marion Cotillard: “Marion has got a built-in charism. She makes the most ordinary kind of moments and dialogue sound interesting because she herself is such an interesting movie actress. And she’s got a very lovely and interesting face to look at; I never get tired of looking at it. I also noticed that she’s able to call up any kind of emotion she wants quickly and easily.”
Marion Cotillard about Woody Allen: “Woody Allen is a brilliant man in the way he observes life, people, things,” she says. “You feel a lot of wit, tenderness, and humor.”
And here are some gorgeous new stills of Marion Cotillard as Adriana:
The actual movie was screened this afternoon to the press and later opened the Cannes International Film Festival. As previously posted, Marion Cotillard did not attend the ceremony but Woody Allen had Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Michael Sheen, Lea Seydoux and Adrien Brody at his side. Of course, this means that the reviews started coming in. They generally like the movie for it’s light & fresh feeling, great acting and comic timing as well as beautiful cinematography. However, there are those who think it too light and too much of a tourist ad for Paris. But so far they generally agree on Marion’s contribution in the supporting role of Adriana:
As Adriana, Cotillard again brings a performance you can’t help but be entranced by.
• Rope of Silicon
Beautiful Marion Cotillard has a difficult part to play as Gil’s perfect woman Adriana. She risks being little more than a fetish object – and she’d be a dark, exotic and sexy one – but Cotillard brings a note of dreamy melancholy to her; the soft, unspoken sadness of a woman born out of her time. Though she appears to be living the high life amongst the literati, there’s something missing for Adriana and it gives her an air of mystery. Part personified temptation and part individual with needs of her own, Cotillard is just right.
• Living in Cinema
Cannes opens with a Woody Allen love letter to the French capital, a shallow examination of nostalgia with endearing performances from Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard. … Gil’s ingenuous enthusiasm entrances Picasso’s beautiful mistress Adriana, played with conviction and finesse by Marion Cotillard: they fall in love, but it appears that Adriana is just as discontented with her time period as Gil is with his.
Cotillard is the perfect object of Gil’s romantic and creative dreams
• Hollywood Reporter
But most entrancing of all is the mysterious muse played by Marion Cotillard, who has recently posed for her Spanish painter-beau.
While Inez ignores him, a fetching French dame (Marion Cotillard, once again capitalizing on her classic good looks) worships Gil immediately, recognizing his genius from the first line of his manuscript.
He also falls in love with a an artist groupie, played with an alluring blend of charm and sadness by Marion Cotillard. … Certain moments are breathtakingly lovely: a close-up on Wilson and Cotillard as they dance – literally, a man in love with his fantasy – is one of the most purely romantic images Allen has concocted in years.
Marion Cotillard is luminous as Wilson’s fantasy lover.
Marion Cotillard looks terrific in her 1920s dresses, though is actually given little to do apart from act the romantic muse to the mildly neurotic Gil.
Gil is compelled to return to his nightly, supernaturally swirly walks around the city and falls in love with a mysterious stranger named Adriana (a smoky Marion Cotillard).
• The Playlist
As muse to artists, Marion Cotillard is prickly, playful, and finds even here one of her best roles.
• Le JDD
Marion Cotillard illuminates the movie with her charm.