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‘Rust and Bone’ brings Marion Cotillard face to face with orcas

‘Rust and Bone’ brings Marion Cotillard face to face with orcas

An interview with Marion Cotillard, who worked alongside whales to film the upcoming movie “Rust and Bone.”

“Usually when I read a script and I fall in love with a character, most of the time I know who the person is, right away,” said Marion Cotillard, in Toronto last fall with her new film “Rust and Bone” (opening Friday). “In this case, it was really different. I found it very exciting to take a journey that would lead me to eventually know who she was.”

Cotillard, a native of Paris, has made more than 20 films in her international career, including “La Vie en Rose” (for which she won an Academy Award for her portrayal of singer Edith Piaf), “Inception,” “Midnight in Paris” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“Rust and Bone” was her first collaboration with French writer/director Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet”). Cotillard’ s character, Stéphanie, is a whale trainer at a marine park in the south of France; midway into the film, she suffers a terrible accident at work that leaves her forever changed.

In Toronto, Cotillard’s effortless glamour seems worlds away from the gritty milieu of “Rust and Bone.” (In true movie-star fashion, the lighting in the room almost seems to change as she enters.) But she spoke happily of a role that took her far from her comfort zone — and that brought her up close with trained whales, an idea she initially found upsetting.

“I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of taking an animal out of his natural environment and training this animal to be like a clown or something,” she said. “It makes me sad to see those magnificent animals in a swimming pool.”

But to play Stéphanie, she had to go through training at Marineland, the Antibes animal-exhibition park where “Rust and Bone” was filmed. Though reluctant, she found herself moved by the passion of the park’s trainers for their work and “the love that they have for the animals.”

Due to several marine-park incidents that happened just before filming (including one at Sea World in San Diego that resulted in the death of a trainer), new rules were put in place for whale/human interactions that caused Audiard to have to rewrite parts of the film, particularly a sequence in which Stéphanie re-connects with a whale, gesturing to it from behind a glass wall. It’s a remarkable scene, with Stéphanie and the whale finding an uncanny, eerie intimacy.

“Originally it was not written like it is in the movie, because I was supposed to be above the water with the whales,” Cotillard said. “I was not even allowed to put my arm in the water, or to touch the whale. “

Trainers suggested it was possible to still have a connection with a whale while safely behind glass, and Cotillard did the scene using the arm movements she had learned in training.

The first rehearsal was filmed, and Cotillard was astonished by the scene’s power.

“It was really a conversation between me and the orca. We were deeply moved by what happened that day.”

Leaving Stéphanie behind, at the end of filming, was difficult, said Cotillard — “I loved being her.” But at this point in her life — she has a toddler son, with actor/director and longtime boyfriend Guillaume Canet — it’s easier to say goodbye to characters at work.

“I have to take care of a marvelous human being, and so it’s easier to go back to myself because someone is waiting for me, the entire me without anyone else,” she said.

Though she said she’d love to do more comedy (a la “Midnight in Paris” — an “amazing” experience), or to sing again (“Nine”), or to work again with Christopher Nolan, Cotillard said she’s now giving herself the great luxury of taking a break, and isn’t sure what her next role will be. (She has two films completed and due out in 2013: “Blood Ties,” directed by Canet, and “Lowlife” directed by James Grey.)

“I’m enjoying the fact that I know that one day I will be very excited by a new project,” she said.

“It’s going to be a surprise. I’m going to read something and I’ll know that it’s where I need to go.”

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Marion nominated by the Vancouver Film Critics

The Vancouver Film Critics have recently announced their award nominations for this year, and they have included Marion in the Best Actress category. She is joined by Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence – they only have 3 nominees in each category, it seems.

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

The Vancouver Film Critics Awards ceremony will take place at the Railway Club in Vancouver on Monday 7th January.

– via Awards Daily

[edit Jan 9:] Jessica Chastain was named Best Actress (source)

There’s no rust on Cotillard

Actress earns multiple award noms for latest drama

You can expect to see Marion Cotillard at the Academy Awards in February.

The French actress — who already has an Oscar (as well as a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Cesar) for her performance a few years ago as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose — now stars in Rust and Bone, a drama that may net her another Oscar nod. As awards season begins, she’s already been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and for a Golden Globe for her performance, and Rust and Bone is also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Despite the accolades, “When I start working on a project, I feel like I’ma beginner again,” she says.

“Nervous. Of course, I have more experience now, but because I love to jump on the unknown each time, it’s hard to start all over again. And that’s what I love about this job.”

The film — loosely based on the work of Canadian writer Craig Davidson — is a love story about damaged people. Cotillard, 37, plays a whale trainer working at the marine theme park in Antibes. She is badly injured on the job. Co-star Matthias Schoenaerts portrays the bareknuckle fighter she relies upon after her accident.

She works with Schoenaerts again in the upcoming Blood Ties (2013), a film about organized crime in the ’70s that also stars Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Clive Owen and James Caan.

These days, Cotillard juggles parenthood with work commitments on both sides of the ocean.

She and her partner, actor/filmmaker Guillaume Canet (who directed Blood Ties) have a 20-month-old son.

“It’s hectic,” she understates, smiling. “My life is in movement, constant movement, and I love it, but sometimes you just need to relax and not work too much – and I want to see my son every day of my life and do nothing and just stare at him.”

Success has led to a new-found visibility, and Cotillard concedes that it can be a nuisance to be hounded by paparazzi. But she’s not complaining.

“We turn it into a lot of fun, like when I have to go to the airport and suddenly my publicist says, ‘Oh, my God, paparazzi,’ and I look like s—, so I put some makeup on. And that’s ridiculous! To put makepup on just to take a plane? So we make fun of it.”

She adds, “It’s not difficult. Difficult is no money to feed your kids. Difficult is something totally different… Sometimes it’s annoying, sometimes when you want to have time for yourself and your family it can be more than annoying, but you have to take a little step back … My life is amazing and I shouldn’t complain.”

Above all, Cotillard continues to love what she does and be challenged by her work.

“I love it when I0m not sure I’m gonna be good. I love it even when I’m not sure I’m going to be able to give life or find authenticity, and sometimes it doesn’t work. But when it does, it’s a lot of fun.”

‘Rust and Bone’ masterfully depicts tragedy, love

‘Rust and Bone’ masterfully depicts tragedy, love

Marion Cotillard won the best actress Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as the iconic chanteuse Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. It’s highly likely that Cotillard, who has managed to work both sides of the Atlantic – in her native France and in Hollywood – will be nominated again in January, for her work in an altogether different sort of French film, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone.

As a Marineland whale trainer who experiences a catastrophic accident, leaving her a double amputee, Cotillard brings riveting emotional authenticity to the sort of role that is easy to overplay, to sentimentalize. There isn’t an ounce of sentiment in Cotillard’s portrait.

Rust and Bone, a gritty love story, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts as a drifter with a little boy and some fierce boxing skills. The film opens tomorrow at the Ritz Five and Rave Motion Pictures/NJ. It has shown up on scores of year-end Top 10 lists, and has garnered Cotillard Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations.

“When I began preparing for the movie, I started to watch videos of amputated people, but then I realized very quickly that I shouldn’t do that,” Cotillard says via phone from New York. “For my character, Stéphanie, it has just happened in her life – it would have been different if she had been amputated for 10 years or something, my work would have been totally different. But because the accident has just happened, I thought I would experience what it’s like to move with no legs – that I would just experience it with her, if you know what I mean.”

During the shoot, in the scenes when Stéphanie is limbless, without the prosthetics her character eventually receives, the actress wore green socks so her lower legs and feet could be digitally erased. The result is haunting – and hauntingly realistic.

“The first time I saw the finished film, I was blown away by what they did; it was really amazing,” Cotillard says. “The people we worked with were really talented and they were very fast, very discreet on set, and the technical aspects never got in our way. . . . They made our jobs so easy.”

For Cotillard, Rust and Bone is a story about a woman and a man who have avoided the truth in their lives.

“Before the accident, she’s a very cold person, she’s struggling with herself, she’s struggling with her life, she’s not even searching for a reason to live – she’s just kind of an empty shell,” the actress explains. “And then after the accident, she really hits the bottom. And when you hit bottom, you have two options. The first is to give up, and the second one is to face yourself.”

It takes her a while, but Stéphanie chooses option No. 2. And Schoenaerts’ character, Ali, similarly learns to face himself – and the violence that has defined his life – through her.

“When you go through such a dramatic accident, you can realize that you’re alive in a different, more heightened way,” Cotillard ventures. “And all the violence she would provoke before her accident was an attempt to feel that she was alive.

“But then with what happens, she’s able to turn violence into something very powerful, that’s going to open doors for her, opening the door to life.

“And then, because of that, love happens.”

Cotillard lives with the French actor and filmmaker Guillaume Canet, of Take No One fame. The couple have a baby boy. This spring, they were based in New York, where he directed and she starred in – with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and Cotillard’s Rust and Bone partner, Schoenaerts – Blood Ties, a crime thriller set in the 1970s. Cotillard also shot Nightingale, a James Gray film with Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix, in New York this year. It is set during the Roaring Twenties.

In La Vie en Rose, Piaf’s life story spans six decades, beginning in 1915.

“I’m trying to cover the whole 20th century,” Cotillard says with a laugh. “Bring on the ’80s!”

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