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Watch: First Clip From Cannes Competition Pic 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' Starring Kristen Stewart & Juliette Binoche

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 14, 2014 3:39 PM
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The Cannes Film Festival may have kicked off today, but it's a long wait still for Olivier Assayas' "Clouds Of Sils Maria." Even though it's slotted in Competition, the film won't be unspooling until the tail end of the festival, but if you're the impatient type (and we are) this clip will have to do.

It's brief, but it shows a lot of promise. The story follows a middle-aged actress (Binoche) who decides to star in a new version of the play that made her famous years ago, but this time taking the older leading lady part. But things take a turn when she meets her co-star, a younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz) in the role that made her name, providing an uncanny reflection of herself. And in this clip, we see Binoche and her assistant (Stewart) chatting about the rising young actress in question, with the pair having very different opinions.

Meanwhile, a behind-the-scenes interview clip with Stewart has arrived. It has French audio over it, but you can make out what she's saying about her character. "Valentine is Maria Enders’ personnal assistant. The type of girl that I have definitely seen on many sets and in many environments. Sort of… Not the average assistant, but someone who is probably going somewhere, definitely has ambition and interest.She really, really admire Maria Enders, who is Juliette’s character. She would probably not work for another actress.She could assist a producer or work behind the scenes. In Maria she found someone who’s worth sucking a bit of life out of her.And I’ve seen that kind of relationship a couple times. And here it’s so perfectly put together. They’re having dynamics that I’ve definitely seen before.”

IFC Films will release this one in the U.S. but no date has been set yet. Watch below and stay tuned for the trailer likely coming next week. 

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  • The f**k factor | May 28, 2014 10:35 AMReply

    Give me a break. Ks fans are Twilight fans and the Twilight storm is a product of collaborative conformity. We don't think she is a bad actress because we've only seen her in twilight. We think she is bad because when we see her in other things its like we are still watching twilight. She is Bella. Period. Bella is a beloved charecter from a book turned into a movie. Ks has mumbled her way into that love by playing the part. And hello? NOT WELL. Anyone who can say that her acting is not unlike a painfuly awkward syphony of needless idiosyncrasies, has been steadily drinking the punch. If twilight had never happened, and nepotism was all the merit Ks had to go on, we wouldn't know who she was.

  • Jo-Beth Cook | May 21, 2014 1:00 PMReply

    How many scripts have you read for. Carey did you know that you do what the director tells you to do? Now Carey, before you bring up Rupert Sanders, this man could not direct you or anyone else out of a paper bag. The pictures are glued together and there was no affair. Kristen gets parts on her acting, not on her notoriety. Hey carey I got an idea, You go to Cannes Film Festival and see what it is all about !!!!!!! Dunce

  • Jo-Beth Cook | May 21, 2014 12:45 PMReply

    This movie is brilliant. It is obvious that some people have not seen Kristen Stewart act in other movies besides Twilight, which by the way was very good. I cannot understand that every time you want to read about Kristen Stewart on the net or on face book, you see Robert Pattinson. Now he is suppose to be avoiding photographers. Why is he there. Robert stop using Kristen. Get Juianne Moore ( you know the 53 year old woman that you did in the back of the limo, and not just for the movie) and have some pictures taken with her.

  • GerriGer | May 19, 2014 7:12 PMReply

    I so agree with DrMom. Why people pick on KS is beyond me. I loved her in twilight .. this was a teen movie and just campy enough to keep people watching it for years .. I know I will and I'm 62 years old. I think she is a really good actress.

  • DrMom | May 15, 2014 7:30 PMReply

    So tired of everyone complaining that "Kristen Stewart always plays herself." No, what she does is inhabit the character so completely that she makes you believe she IS the character. That's a true actor. She and Binoche look great together in this clip.

  • @ carey | May 16, 2014 10:25 PM

    Its obvious that youve only seen her movie "twilight" because everyone knows she did acted bad there. Why dont you try acting the part of bella if your so good your already judging her
    Besides, its obvious that you havent seen much of her movies.

    If you arent so interested in this movie then why do you even bother to read this article? Get a life.

  • Carey | May 15, 2014 8:56 PM

    They chose a poor clip because it doesn't highlight the actress the script was written for, Juliette Binoche. This kind of serious art film is a natural for her audience, she is the draw. Too bad the producers don't seem to have a good grasp on this fact.

  • @ Carey | May 15, 2014 8:40 PM

    You get all that from a 20 second clip, where she is discussing an actress? What exactly should she do here? Burst into tears? Fly into a rage? Erupt in maniacal laughter? They chose a poor clip as their first look at the film because it doesn't show much.

  • Carey | May 15, 2014 8:24 PM

    Please. This is "Eclipse" Bella hanging out with an actress. Same hoodie and skinny jeans, same expression and voice. The girl has no range at all, she always uses the same mannerisms, tone, etc. She's vastly overrated. She gets by on her notoriety, not her "talent."

  • jervaise brooke hamster | May 14, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    I want to bugger Miley Cyrus (as the bird was in 2010 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously). Thats right, at 22 shes already 4 years past the prime of her life ! ! !.

  • Alex | May 14, 2014 8:04 PMReply

    Kristen Stewart has absolutely no range. Juliette Binoche looks good here but not as good as she can be. It's a mixed bag.

  • mm | May 14, 2014 7:43 PMReply

    debería darles vergüenza a estas paginas que toman las imágenes y traducciones desde las paginas fans sin acreditar

  • Rachel | May 14, 2014 7:09 PMReply

    That's a disappointing clip in my opinion. Seems pretty forced.

  • L | May 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Cannot wait for this.

  • YesPlease | May 14, 2014 6:17 PMReply

    Interesting 'All About Eve' battle of the wits going on here, looks interesting. There's 2 broad types of actors, the demonstrative Al Pacino types, and the quiet, Sean Penn types. By and large, Americans seem to prefer the noisy, mugging style of the former. Personally, I'm less a fan of the organ grinder monkey school of acting; prefer the quiet, it's all behind the eyes style employed by both Stewart and Binoche. It's a style more common in European films I notice. (Still waiting for people to yell at Tilda Swinton and every last male actor in the universe to smile more, btw.) Think Stewart and Juliette are going to go toe to toe in this. Looks fantastic. I'm in.

  • @ No, Really | May 15, 2014 10:29 PM

    How bright is someone who judges a film based on a small clip? And in case you didn't notice, did Juliette's character seem insulted? No, she wasn't. Valentine is not a pushover assistant. Believe me or don't believe me, but the majority of the film features the two of them engaging in much more intellectual matters.

  • No, Really | May 15, 2014 8:52 PM

    How bright is an assistant who insults her boss? "Bright" is about the last adjective I would use to describe someone who does that. In what alternative universe is someone like that "Bright"?

    You advertise yourself as one of her cult members, hypersensitive and unable to take any kind of differing opinion. You're going to go far with that kind of tunnel vision attitude.

  • @ No, Really | May 15, 2014 8:44 PM

    You are in for a rude awakening if you think this character is dim-witted. Valentine is anything but. It's quite clear what your agenda is, or you wouldn't be spouting off your insane rants about her personal life that has absolutely nothing to do with this film. No worries though, because the film premieres in a week and you'll see how wrong you are.

  • No, Really | May 15, 2014 8:31 PM

    What a wild imagination you have, seeing a plot device that isn't displayed in this clip. Stewart is not the "Eve," character in this film, Chloe Moretz is, and she wasn't in this clip. And there was no battle of wits going on, either. Both participants need to have their wits about them for that, and Stewart's character seems a bit dim, so it would have been an unfair skirmish. She sticks her foot in her mouth, like life imitating art, reminiscent of all the times Stewart has had to issue public apologies for her faux pas.

    Your comment is a good example of a ill-informed KStew fan trying to stir up buzz where none exists. And Juliette provided all the fire in that clip, KStew might as well have been a sofa cushion for all the impression she made.

  • Well Said | May 14, 2014 6:24 PM

    Couldn't have said it any better! Really looking forward to this. I think these two, and Ms. Moretz, are going to be wonderful.

  • Bo Laramie | May 14, 2014 4:50 PMReply

    Wow, great to see K-Stew really stretching there with some mind-blowing new quirks, accent work, and mannerisms. Kinda wonder if Assayas casting her was like a Harmony Korine Spring Breakers irony kinda deal.

  • Ifan2013 | May 14, 2014 10:43 PM

    This is just two people talking. I am sorry she didn't burst into crying for no reason to show you her range.

  • L | May 14, 2014 6:36 PM

    It's a 20 second clip. She is playing an American. She responded as appropriate. You are an idiot who is pulling at anything to criticize.

  • nina | May 14, 2014 4:04 PMReply

    KStew serving some Bella realness right there

  • Losers | May 14, 2014 6:34 PM

    I see the Rpattz fans have descended once again. Yawn

  • Franny | May 14, 2014 4:19 PM

    More like Assayas is giving her direction and she's totally out of her depth.

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