"The clouds of Sils Maria" is an outstanding film about parallel worlds in show business: Director 'Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and the spirits of the cinema.
Standard: You cast Kristen Stewart a superstar as Binoche’s assistant. The mere mention of her name triggers excitement on Twitter. Is that the game with the ups and downs of the current celebrity culture?
Olivier: I'm not on Twitter, I have drawn a limit to how far I'll penetrate to electronic in my life! But it is part of her character to do so. There is this mirror system between the two female characters, which I admit, although I think the reins. But every character in this film is set to a certain degree of itself. You can see in her the film star of Twilight, which plays an assistant of an actress. This is in fact a kind of joke about the celebrity culture, because Kristen is really at the heart of this.
Standard: The relationship between the two women is very complex, there are moments of self-righteousness and ignorance, but also great intimacy. How do you create these dynamics?
Olivier: I enjoy mixing different elements when I work on my films. I was not so much interested in the conflict, but at the voltage to a kind of rivalry. It was then less than a mutual rivalry and challenging. For Kristen the film opened a new space in a phase of their career where she also needed the space. European cinema has more freedom for Kristen. An elderly actress, who is by passed through many stages of a career, is a key for them. She, Juliette is expected to teach her something. Of course that was exciting for Juliette. But she also felt challenged, because Kristen is not simply a young actress. She is a powerful woman: very controlled and extremely accurate, as far as her body control.
IMDb has released a list of the top 50 highest rated movies of the year,
rated by its users and with at least 5000 votes.
'Camp X-Ray' is #33!
50. Veronica Mars (6.9)
49. If I Stay (6.9)
48. The Guest (7.0)
47. The Boxtrolls (7.0)
46. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (7.0)
45. Frank (7.0)
44. A Most Wanted Man (7.0)
43. The Maze Runner (7.0)
42. Non-Stop (7.0)
41. Jersey Boys (7.0)
40. The One I Love (7.1)
39. The Skeleton Twins (7.1)
38. Million Dollar Arm (7.1)
37. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (7.2)
36. Maleficent (7.1.)
35. Penguins of Madagascar (7.2)
34. I Origins (7.2) 33. Camp X-Ray (7.2)
32. 22 Jump Street (7.2)
31. Chef (7.3)
30. St. Vincent (7.3)
29. The Hundred-Foot Journey (7.4)
28. The Equalizer (7.4)
27. The Book of Life (7.5)
26. Predestination (7.5)
25. Calvary (7.5)
24. The Drop (7.6)
23. The Judge (7.6)
22. The Theory of Everything (7.7)
21. John Wick (7.7)
20. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (7.8)
19. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (7.9)
18. The LEGO Movie (7.9)
17. Fury (7.9)
16. Edge of Tomorrow (8.0)
15. The Fault in Our Stars (8.0)
14. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (8.0)
13. Pride (8.1)
12. Nightcrawler (8.1)
11. The Grand Budapest Hotel (8.2)
10. X-Men: Days of Future Past (8.2)
9. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (8.2)
8. Guardians of the Galaxy (8.3)
7. Big Hero 6 (8.3)
6. The Imitation Game (8.4)
5. Gone Girl (8.4)
4. Boyhood (8.4)
3. Whiplash (8.7)
2. Birdman (8.7)
1. Interstellar (8.9)
'Clouds of Sils Maria' won the Prix Louis Delluc 2014!
Congrats to Olivier, Kristen, Juliette, Chloë, Charles Gillibert, the whole cast & crew and of course Les Films du Losange!
FINALLY something for this SO amazing movie! I'm so happy & proud!
Gilles Jacob, Olivier & Juliette at the Award Ceremony at Fouquet's restaurant in Paris right now :)
November 27, 2014
That's an awesome news!!!! Le Prix Louis-Delluc, a French film award, honors every year since 1937 (on the second Thursday of December) the best French film released during the year. The jury is composed of 20 members: the president Gilles Jacob (former Cannes Film Festival president), film critics and people from the industry. :)
Here are the nominees:
- «Adieu au langage» de Jean-Luc Godard
- «Au bord du monde» de Claus Drexel
- «Bird people» de Pascale Ferran
- «Eastern Boys» de Robin Campillo
- «Saint Laurent» de Bertrand Bonello
- «Sils Maria» de Olivier Assayas
- «Timbuktu» de Abderrahmane Sissako
- «Trois coeurs» de Benoît Jacquot
The winner will be announced on December 15 during the Award Ceremony at Fouquet's restaurant in Paris. :)
'Queen Of the Desert' : Werner Herzog Talks about the Movie and Rob's Part with 'Bande à Part' Magazine
From Bande à Part :
Can you tell us more about your next movie 'Queen Of The Desert' ?
In less than ten days, I will start the mixing. The filming and editing are completed and I should be able to put an end to the movie in the first days of december.
I don't know where or when it will be shown for the first time.
The cast is really impressive : Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson...
They all really wanted to work with me. I was asked why I chose Pattinson. It's not a big part, and it matched perfectly. I needed an englishman who still looks like a schoolboy but which is very smart. He plays Lawrence of Arabia, but at the age of 22, on an archeological site. Kidman, who plays the main role is wondering what that kid has to do in a place like this, and an archeologist tells her that this kid has a PhD.
Pattinson is really good in that role. He is a smart man and the choice was quite natural.
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Kristen Stewart plays a fan who bum-rushes the stage in the middle of Chadwick Boseman’s set. Director’s Note: ‘‘She’s not a groupie. She’s someone who is going to be brave and do something she really wants to do — and she does.’’
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Kristen Stewart has a come a long way since the "Twilight" franchise that launched her fame into the stratosphere. The hit series only wrapped two years ago, and already Stewart has distanced herself from the films that made her name by appearing in a number of smaller projects this year that prove her worth as an actress.
She kicked off 2014 by wowing in the Sundance Guantanamo Bay drama "Camp X-Ray," soon followed by Cannes where she held her own opposite Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' latest "Clouds of Sils Maria." That project drew career-best raves for Stewart, and the goodwill continued when her latest film, "Still Alice," screened in Toronto where it was swiftly acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution. In the devastating drama, Stewart plays Lydia, a struggling actress and daughter to a renowned linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) struggling with early onset Alzheimers. It's Moore's picture, but Stewart leaves a distinct mark as a young woman forced to cope with inevitable tragedy. The film was directed by partners Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. The former is living with ALS.
Indiewire spoke with the actress about her banner year.