MARION COTILLARD: WHO IS THE PARISIAN ACTRESS EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT?

Marion Cotillard was named "The most bankable French actress of the 21st century" in 2014, with her films amassing more than 37 million ticket sales in France between 2001 and 2014. Born in Paris in 1975, she appeared in a number of French and American films before landing her starring role as Edith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose. She won an Academy Oscar Award for the performance. But who is Marion and why does she choose not call herself a feminist?

Marion Cotillard does not identify as a feminist and has said there is no place for feminism in Hollywood because the actual term creates “separation” between men and women.
“Film-making is not about gender,” she told Porter magazine. “You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. “For me it doesn’t create equality, it creates separation. I mean, I don’t qualify myself as a feminist.” “We need to fight for women’s rights but I don’t want to separate women from men,” she continued”. We’re separated already because we’re not made the same and it’s the difference that creates this energy in creation and love. Sometimes in the word feminism there’s too much separation.”

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Story
Raised in a household of actors, teachers, artists and entertainers, Cotillard decided to become an actress at an early age. At 16, she moved to Paris to pursue her dream, and by 2001, she had won France's prestigious Cesar Award for her performance as twins Lucie and Marie in Les Jolie Choses. Marion grew up in a suburb of Paris. Her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, was an actor, playwright and theatre director who made a name for himself as a Breton mime artist and her mother, Niseema Theillaud, was a theatre actress and drama teacher. As a child and a young adult, Cotillard experienced what could be described as an existential crisis. “I didn’t know where was my place anywhere - in school, with friends, with the other children,” she told The Telegraph in an interview. “I was shy. I was more than shy. I think I started thinking about why I was here, and I couldn’t find any answers, so it was very disturbing for me.” The feelings lingered into her twenties and she experienced long drawn out periods of melancholy which she has since recovered from.

Cotillard made her Hollywood debut in Tim Burton's 2003 fantasy Big Fish. She then captured her second Cesar Award for her turn in A Very Long Engagement with Audrey Tautou. Her second American film, A Good Year opposite Russell Crowe, also received strong reviews. In 2011, Cotillard starred in the acclaimed film Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan. She teamed up with Nolan again in 2012, performing in the third installment of his Batman saga, The Dark Knight Rises. She received another lead actress Oscar nomination for the 2014 French film Two Days, One Night.

How did she embark on an acting career?
Cotillard landed her acting debut as a young child with a role in one of her father’s plays and then went on to study drama at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans. Moving away from a career in theatre, she found herself in the world of film in the mid-1990s, her first prominent film role being in Taxi and then two sequels, Taxi 2, and Taxi 3.

Following this, she went on to receive international acclaim and a host of nominations and awards for her performances in A Very Long Engagement, La Vie en Rose, Nine, Inception, Midnight in Paris, Rust and Bone, The Immigrant, Two Days, One Night, Macbeth and more. She has been described as massively hard-working and someone who puts her artistry first and formost.

“She’s a great and real person who doesn’t fall into the movie stardom cliché,” Michael Mann the director of Public Enemies told The Telegraph after working with her. “She is an artist first and foremost, and I’ve never seen anyone work so hard in my life.’”

What does she do outside of acting?
Cotillard is a woman of many talents. To name a few, she sings, plays guitar, keenly collects guitars, and plays bass guitar, keyboard and even the tambourine. On occasion, she incorporates her musical forays into her films and co-wrote and performed the song “La Fille De Joie” for her film Pretty Things.

Cotillard is also an avid environmentalist and is a spokesperson for Greenpeace, having participated in a number of campaigns for them. She is also said to be a locavore (for the unenlightened: someone who eats locally produced food wherever possible) and has been keenly recycling since the 80s.

marion2Last years?
• In 2015, Cotillard took on the role of Lady Macbeth in a film adaption of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving generally positive reviews at the festival and during its release in the United Kingdom and the United States, and although her accent earned mixed reviews, Cotillard's performance still earned high praise from critics, particularly for her rendition of the famous "Out, Damned Spot" monologue. Variety's critic, Guy Lodge, noted that it was a performance that "contains both the woman's abandoned self and her worst-case incarnation, often in the space of a single scene," and remarked that "Her deathless sleepwalking scene, staged in minimalist fashion under a gauze of snowflakes in a bare chapel, is played with tender, desolate exhaustion; it deserves to be viewed as near-definitive. Cotillard was nominated for the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.
She voiced The Rose in both the English and the French version in a 3D animated adaptation of The Little Prince, directed by Mark Osborne,was the voice of Scarlet Overkill in the French version of Minions, and also voiced April, the lead role in the French-Canadian-Belgian 3D animated film April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le Monde Truqué), directed by Franck Ekinci and Christian Demares.

• In 2016, Cotillard played Gabrielle, the lead role in Nicole Garcia's From the Land of the Moon (Mal de Pierres), an adaptation of the bestselling Italian novel "Mal di Pietre" ("From the Land of the Moon" in US, Canada and UK and "The House in Via Manno" in Australia) by Milena Agus. The film marked Cotillard's return to French cinema after 2012's Rust and Bone, and earned her a seventh César Award nomination. In the same year, she played Catherine in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du Monde). Both films subsequently premiered in the main competition section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Cotillard next appeared opposite Brad Pitt in Allied, a spy film set in World War II directed by Robert Zemeckis, in which she played Marianne Beausejour, a French Resistance fighter. Cotillard re-teamed with Macbeth director Justin Kurzel and co-star Michael Fassbender in the movie adaptation of the video game Assassin's Creed.

• On 30 January 2017, Cotillard was honored with a special award for her career at the 22nd Lumières Awards in France. In 2017, Cotillard starred in Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismaël), alongside Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Louis Garrel.

• With the Cannes festival 2018, Marion Cotillard is upsetting in Gueule of Angel, the film punch of Cannes. First feature-length film of the director Vanessa Filho, Gueule of Angel created sensation during this 71ème edition of the Cannes festival.  Presented in the selection “Un Certain Regard,” Gueule of Angel evokes the complex relations which can exist between a mother and her daughter. In this film, Marion Cotillard, at the head of poster, interprets Marlène.

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