Pictured: Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard & Director James Gray
Marion Cotillard looked absolutely beautiful walking the red carpet at “The Immigrant” premiere alongside her co-star Jeremy Renner & the film’s director James Gray. Joaquin Phoenix is also one of hte main stars in film, but I guess he’s busy working on another project since he didn’t show up for the premiere. He doesn’t seem the glitzy type anyway, so I’m sure he didn’t mind skipping out. The Weinstein Company scored distribution rights, so look for the film to compete for awards in early 2014.
Here’s more about the film:
1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, she encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. Source
Interview w/ Marion Cotillard:
The big challenge for you, who didn’t speak Polish, was obviously the language?
When I want to make a movie, I focus on the beauty of the story and the character,
that’s why I didn’t panic immediately! Then I had to start working, and it got tough.
There is not a single word that sounds like English or French in Polish. And yet
I had no choice. I had to do everything I could to speak Polish without the hint of an
accent. I had very little time, just over a month between Rust and Bone (Jacques
Audiard, 2012) and The Immigrant . I worked with different coaches, one of whom
was the actress who plays my aunt in the film. Mid-shoot, James came to me,
startled, and said: “You sure have a lot of Polish dialogue!” He had just realized that
he had written me twenty pages of Polish dialogue. Whenever I had a free minute
on the set, I buried myself in my notebook. “I dreamed of it being perfect.”
James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix have made four movies together. How did you find your place?
I certainly got mixed up with an old couple! They’re both very generous and
endearing. Sometimes, when I saw that they were going to keep talking for five
hours, I’d tell them: “See you tomorrow! It sounds fascinating, but I have a kid and I
have to get home.” Their working relationship is wonderful to observe. And Joaquin
is an impressive actor. We met every day before the shoot started, to discuss our
characters. That’s when I met him for the first time. He has impeccable instincts,
like a wild animal. The character of Bruno was difficult for him, he struggled a
lot, and it was very moving to see him fighting with himself. Sometimes, at the
end of the scene, he would come up to me and ask me to forgive him for what
his character was doing to mine. I had never met someone quite as touching.
You can find the full interview w/ Marion, as well as one with director James Gray, inside this PDF file.
Here are a few others ladies who walked the red carpet…
Pictured: Olivia Palermo, Bianca Balti, Liliana Matthaeus, & Ana Girardot