“Rust and Bone” was Marion Cotillard’s first competitive film – The Hollywood Reporter
Original French talent, Paris-born Marion Cotillard, will kick off the 2021 Cannes Film Festival when her new film Annette, a musical directed by Leos Carax and starring Adam Driver, screened in competition on July 6.
Cotillard appeared in 12 films at Cannes. None, surprisingly, are Life in pink, the 2007 Edith Piaf biopic that won her an Oscar and made her a world superstar. In fact, it would take her another four years to appear in a film screened at Cannes – and it would be in a small role as an artist’s muse in Woody Allen’s 2011 film. Midnight in Paris.
It was not until the following year that Cotillard finally appeared in a competition film – the Jacques Audiard film. Rust and bone, in which she plays an orca trainer who loses his legs in a freak accident (but wins Matthias Schoenaerts in love). The film then won two Golden Globe nominations (best foreign language film and best actress) and won four Césars (including that of the most promising actor for Schoenaerts).
Despite the triumphs, working with captive sea creatures has been a trying business for Cotillard, who recounted THR that after watching his first killer whale show, “I tried to keep from throwing up and crying.” When a park warden asked her what she thought, she replied, “I hated it. I hate animals in captivity.