Cannes Festival 2014 Day 7: Marion and Ryan

Marion Cotillard 2Following the screening of the Dardenne brothers, Deux jours, une nuit, it becomes clear that French actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) seems to be one of the most serious contenders for the best actress award so far. Delivering a natural, sober and balanced performance, she portrays a woman who has one weekend to convince her co-workers to let their bonuses go so that she can keep her job. Deux jours, une nuit is probably the Dardenne brothers’ most accessible and mainstream work and its quite simple setting finally allows Ms. Cotillard to fully reveal her talent, without any artifice.

goslingcannes2014Today’s highlight on the Croisette was undoubtedly the presence of Ryan Gosling (Drive, Only God Forgives) for the screening of his directorial debut, Lost River, in Certain Regard selection ( Nicolas Winding Refn, Willem Dafoe, Wim Wenders and Abel Ferrara were here to support him). While the Canadian actor seems to be a favorite among the press, festival-goers and yours truly, his film was far from being welcomed as warmly as his star director. Centering on a  family living in a deserted town, this film flirts awkwardly with David Lynch’s universe and, despite a few good ideas, features all the flaws of a first effort, whether it’s going for excesses or showcasing all your influences without cohesion. Let’s hope his next directorial attempt will be more convincing.

Photos : Marion Cotillard surrounded by the Dardenne brothers and Ryan Gosling. (c) Moland Fengkov. 

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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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