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Marion Cotillard Scans from 1999

Marion Cotillard Scans from 1999

I know I’ve promised it a while ago and it’s long overdue. But I started scanning my pre-2007 Marion Cotillard magazine collection. After 1996 I also added all I had from 1999. ‘Taxi‘ had been a great hit the year before and Marion just received her first César nomination for ‘Most Promising Actress’ (her reaction: “I felt like saying ‘Wait! I haven’t yet shown all I wanted’, Ciné Live) and was promoting her smaller movies ‘Furia‘, ‘La Guerre dans le Haut Pays‘ and ‘Du bleu jusqu’en Amérique‘. Throughout the year her passion for acting dominated each interview.

I’ve always wanted to be an actress but I never really asked myself why. I know now that I have this career for two major reasons: First, because it allows me to take such pleasure in work that I happen to be overwhelmed with happiness while acting. And second, because this job puts me the most in danger in relation to my emotional past.
– from Studio

She was also part of The Class of 2000 by Paris Match. Guillaume Canet was too but he was away filming so he’s not on the picture. Though she did not win the César that year, they were certainly right. At the time she confided the story of auditioning for Taxi. She had been in a floating period, measuring the difficulty of succeeding in cinema but not yet discouraged. She told herself:

I’m 23 years old. If I don’t get the role I’ll consider doing something else. You have nothing to lose, pull out everything you have for the audition.

Although the first audition went well she thought she lost the part after she was nervous when she met producer Luc Besson.

Talking to Elle she said the best thing about the success of ‘Taxi‘ was that she now had a choice which projects she wanted to accept. Saying no however was very difficult so she always read the whole screenplays, waiting for something extraordinary at the end. She was looking for real actor-directors, asking “Why not admit that an actress can choose a director rather than vice versa?” She started taking Danish lessons after having seen ‘Festen‘, planned on meeting Thomas Winterberg during the Cannes Film Festival and also started learning Spanish after having seen ‘Los amantes del círculo polar‘ by Julio Medem. Loving her job she nurtured her need for cinematic culture by going to the Cinematheque.

I take notes anywhere: on the street, in my bed, in the middle of the night. I’m demanding of myself, but also of my co-stars. Acting with a great actor is a dream. With a bad one it’s atrocious.

She was also photographed for Karl Lagerfeld’s portfolio about the dream roles of actresses:

I would like to be offered to play Count Dracula as a consolation for not having been in ‘The Idiots’ by Lars Von Trier.

Talking to Ciné Live she remembered spending a day in a wheelchair in Paris with her co-star Samuel Jouy preparing for ‘De bleu jusqu’en Amérique‘.

Others looking at us, us being dependent on others – we had a unique experience. The movie is a celebration of life and hope.

She reveals about her big screen debut in ‘L’histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse‘ that she did it without preparation, instinctive and spontaneous, praises Arnaud Desplechin (“It was complete happiness! He takes you by the hand and walks by your side”) and Luc Besson (“He is a killer, like Cukor he reveals in his actors both their masculinity and feminity, the only combination that can universally be touching”). She called Juliette Binoche “Romy Schneider’s heiress”, dreamt of acting along side Elodie Bouchez and Hélène de Fougerolles and was brought to tears when she remembered the magical encounter with Jeanne Moreau during a chaotic shooting (Lisa). And then went straight to laughing:

Actually, acting brings me to non-sexual orgasms! [then resuming, thoughtful and wise] Approaching yourself is the most beautiful and most dangerous thing.

Press:
Gros plan sur la génération 2000, Paris Match, February 18, 1999
Marion Cotillard, Studio, March 1999
Marion Cotillard “Y a-t-il un réalisateur pour m’ouvrir le ventre?”, Elle, April 26, 1999
A quoi rêvent les comédiennes?, Elle, May 17, 1999
Marion Cotillard, Bleu comme toi…, Ciné Live, December 1999

Kindly do not redistribute the magazine scans at another Marion Cotillard fan site as they were scanned exclusively for ‘Magnifique Marion Cotillard’. Thank you.

Gallery:
001 Scans from 1999 > Studio (France) – February
002 Scans from 1999 > Paris Match (France) – February 18
001 Scans from 1999 > Studio (France) – March
001 Scans from 1999 > Elle (France) – April 26
001 Scans from 1999 > Elle (France) – May 17
001 Scans from 1999 > Premiere (France) – November
001 Scans from 1999 > Ciné Live (France) – December

‘Blood Ties’ French Release Date & On Set pics

Luise recently added more pics of Marion Cotillard and Clive Owen on the set of ‘Blood Ties‘ on June 20.

The movie will be distributed in France by Mars Distribution and they tweeted last week that ‘Blood Ties‘ will be released in French theatres on October 30, 2013.

I also added digital scans of the December/January edition of French Premiere magazine. Apart from a small preview of the James Gray movie ‘Lowlife‘ it features a lengthy interview with Guillaume Canet about the process of writing, casting and directing ‘Blood Ties‘, his first movie in English and shot in New York, US. There’s only one picture of Marion and little information but we learn that Guillaume is a fan of hers beyond what connects them in real life.

Gallery:
014 Blood Ties – 2013 > On Set
009 Scans from 2012 > Premiere (France) – December/January

Reaction to Golden Globe Nomination

Additionally, USA Today has some quotes from Marion Cotillard about her Golden Globe nomination and plans for the holidays – “My family. Home” – and about award season:

“I’m very happy. I’m very proud of this one. But above all, it’s the encounter with two amazing people and the crew we worked with to make this happen. I’m very happy for all of us. I want to celebrate the present time. I don’t want to think ahead. I want to enjoy what’s now and what’s here. I don’t get nervous at all. I’m just very happy about this movie’s journey so far.”

Read the full article here (small factual error in there, I semi-corrected it):
Cotillard: ‘Very happy about this movie’s journey’, USA Today

The Hollywood Reporter says Marion Cotillard was in Paris, staying at a friend’s house, when she heard that she received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a motion picture, drama, for Rust and Bone.

“I’m very happy for the movie, I’m very happy for French cinema. I’m very happy for French-language films,” says the actress, who mentions the nominations of Amour and The Intouchables for best foreign film as especially exciting. As for Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, in which she plays a killer whale trainer who suffers a horrible accident, Cotillard says, “it’s really amazing to share a French movie with a U.S. audience. It’s a beautiful and very unconventional love story. It’s a movie that shows you can turn violence into power, and it’s a very beautiful and positive story.”

And here’s ‘Rust and Bone‘ director Jacques Audiard’s statement:

“We have been blessed with an impressive reception of the film in the US but this nomination comes as an unexpected honor. I am particularly happy for Marion. When you have shared a moment of pleasure with someone, it is always great to have the opportunity to extend it. This confirms the interest paid in recent years by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for French cinema. I am very happy to be part of this trend.”

James Gray about Marion Cotillard

The Playlist added the actual interview with James Gray they conducted at the Marrakech Film Festival. Read the ‘Lowlife‘ (The Nightingale) relevant bits below, for the rest click this link.

How did the idea for “Lowlife” germinate?
My brother and I found some old slide photos my father had taken from the mid-to-late 1970s. A few of them were photographs from a trip to Ellis Island. It has become a kind of museum now, but my father took us in 1976 right after it had reopened after closing decades before and the place was untouched to the point that there were half-filled out immigration forms on the floor. It was almost like ghosts had been there. And we took my grandfather who came to Ellis Island in 1923, and the second he walked into the building he burst into tears.

So then I started reading about it and I read a story that was extremely interesting to me about women who came in either solo or their families had been split up, and how they would get into New York and sometimes they had to resort to very sad ends to get there, and I’d never seen it done in a movie. 40% of the United States have relatives that came in through there and yet it’s only been in a handful of films — the opening scene from “The Godfather II,” and the end of Kazan’s “America, America” and that’s it.

In “Lowlife” you work with Marion Cotillard for the first time. Tell us how that came about.
I had no idea who Marion Cotillard was. When I was in Paris for “Two Lovers,” a publicist told me, “A guy named Guillaume Canet wants to have lunch with you.” So we met and had lunch, I found him incredibly funny — I didn’t know anything he had done at that stage, but we sort of bonded because a rat ran across the floor of the restaurant. And then he said, “Come meet my girlfriend” and I met this woman who looked like a silent film actress like Pola Negri or something. And I said, “Who’s your girlfriend?” and he said [French accent] ”You don’t know my girlfriend? She won an Oscar, are you stupide?”

And my wife and I became very friendly with them. One night at dinner we went to a restaurant and I told her I didn’t like some actor that she thought was great and she threw a piece of bread at my head, and I thought, “Well, you’re interesting.” So I wrote the movie [“Lowlife”] for her, having never seen her in a movie. Because she has this face, you know? She doesn’t even have to say anything, and that’s rare.

Also French Allocine got to talk to the writer/director about ‘Lowlife‘ (The Nightingale) at the festival:

We confirmed that his fifth feature film will be in line Two Lovers (2008), but less thriller, more drama. “There is no aspect of thriller to it, more of an opera dimension (…) I approached it like a Puccini opera that has never been staged.”

At the center of what we will therefore call an “opera drama” set in the 1920s, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner will fight to gain favour in the beautiful eyes of a Marion Cotillard provided with very little dialogue – when she does speak, it will be “some English but also in Polish.”

SAG Nomination for Marion Cotillard & Reaction

Congratulations to Marion Cotillard for receiving a SAG nomination for her performance in ‘Rust and Bone‘! This is her second nomination in this category after ‘La Vie en Rose‘ and fourth overall (she was also nominated twice for best ensemble cast in ‘Nine‘ and ‘Midnight in Paris‘).

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya – “ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures)
MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie – “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville – “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight)
NAOMI WATTS / Maria – “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment)

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

EDIT: Marion released statements to give her reaction to the nomination:

“Thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild, it’s an enormous honor as an actor to be recognized by your peers. I’m thrilled to share this nomination with the incredible Jacques Audiard and Matthias Schoenaerts and the entire “Rust and Bone” team, and especially Tom Bernard and Michael Barker at Sony Pictures Classics for bringing the film to US audiences.”
E! Online

“My publicist called me to tell me the news. I’m in Paris and was on my way to see a children’s play, Pinocchio, with my son! I’m super happy, and it’s really something I share with people who worked on that movie, especially our director Jacques Audiard and my amazing costar Mattias Schoenaerts. Recognition by SAG is really important for an actor; it’s really one of the greatest nominations an actor can receive. I’m very very happy. And the play was good too! Though I spent most of the time watching the little kids in the audience. They were so cute.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s more than joy. It’s one of the most important nominations because of course as an actor being nominated by actors it’s something I really, really enjoy. I’m very happy. Of course getting a nomination for a movie and for my work is something I really enjoy because I do that job to give something to people and to share something with people. But the actors know what you go through when you make a movie. They know what you go through when you take a character to create someone. So, this is a very special connection we have with actors so it means a lot.”
HitFix.com

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