White Material Directed by Claire Denis, 2010 The
setting is an unnamed African country where Maria – played by a
transcendent Isabelle Huppert – struggles to hold onto her family’s
coffee plantation amid an escalating civil war. A fractured story about
love, strength, the costs of white patrimony and the continuing ravages
of postcolonialism, “White Material” finds the brilliant French director
Claire Denis again in Africa, where she spent much of her childhood in
Francophone countries. Here, the actor Robert Pattinson, an admirer of
“White Material” and of Ms. Denis, answered a few questions by email
about both put to him by Manohla Dargis.
How did you discover Claire Denis’s films? Robert Pattinson: I saw “White Material” about seven years ago and she became an immediate favorite.
What specifically draws you to her work?
Rob: Watching the performances in her movies, you can just feel
the freedom she gives her actors. She creates an entire world for them
to behave in.
And I think having such wide parameters to capture things
from means her movies can be built from an enormous amount of
incremental details rather than a narrow narrative thrust. Her movies
feel like waves building and breaking.
What does Isabelle Huppert bring to the character of Maria Vial? Rob: She plays a character that seems to live steadfastly in her
faith and imagination and yet still feels so human, accessible and raw.
Is Huppert our greatest living actress? Rob: It’s difficult to think of someone who’s better.
(Rob has been seen in the theatre in London and New York when Huppert was starring in Phaedra last year. He’s not kidding when he says he thinks she’s the best.)
When Robert Pattinson arrives at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of his film, Good Time, he will be among friends. Rob and several of his fellow A lister co-stars and directors have films at the festival this year.
The festival opened with a co-star of Rob’s kicking off the Un Certain Regard category. Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” a biopic of the mono-monikered French chanteuse. Amalric played the pie-thrower in Cosmopolis.
Directors’ Fortnight opened with the critically acclaimed Claire Denis’ “Dark Glasses.” Denis will be directing Rob later this year in High Life.
One of Rob’s favorite actresses, Isabelle Huppert (he saw her on stage in Phaedra in both London and NY), is a fixture at Cannes, and the Safide brothers walked the red carpet behind her on Monday, May 22nd (they posted video on IG).
Maps To The Stars co-star, Julianne Moore is there with Wonderstruck and Rob’s Queen of the Desert co-star, Nicole Kidman, will have four projects at Cannes. Bel Ami co-star Uma Thruman is President of the Un Certain Regard Jury. Old friends Rhianna, Elle Fanning, Gael Garcia Bernal
, and director Sofia Coppola are also at the festival.
Bridget Jones’s Baby dir. Sharon Maguire Notable stars:Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey Plot: Not disclosed so far but given the title I think it’s safe to say that titular character Bridget Jones will be having a baby. Romantic shenanigans ensue.
Certain Women dir. Kelly Reichardt Notable stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Plot: Based on the stories of author Maile Meloy the film follows the intersecting lives of three women: a lawyer trying to diffuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client, a married couple breaking ground on a new home and a ranch hand who forms an attachment to a young lawyer who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home.
High Life dir. Claire Denis Notable stars: Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette Plot: An original script written by Zadie Smith the film is about a group of criminals who accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment.
Loving Vincentdir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman Notable stars: Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Douglas Booth, Chris O'Dowd
Plot: The story of the final months and mysterious death of artist Vincent Van Gogh. Live action footage will be filmed and then projected, frame by frame, onto canvas and painted over in oils in the style of Van Gogh.
Claire Denis, the melancholic
director of films d’auteur, teams up with teenage idol, Robert Pattinson, in
one of the most exciting partnerships of the moment. Here, she talks about High
Life, a meditative sci-fi film, before shooting begins in May.
Robert Pattinson had been cast to
star in Oliver Assayas’s crime thriller Idol’s Eye, but the backers pulled out
and the project was shelved. The young British star, who first came into the
public eye as a vampire Edward Cullen in the gothic series, Twilight, is always
on the lookout for adventurous projects, that are radically different from the
films an actor who has achieved such success and fired such levels of fan
hysteria is expected to make. He is now due to head the cast of French
writer-director Claire Denis’s sci-fi feature, High Life, co-written by British
film director and novelist Zadie Smith, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth have
already been announced as Pattinson’s co-stars. Completely taken up with
preparations for the project, Claire Denis nonetheless took time out between
appointments in Paris, London and Cologne, where the film studios are located,
to tell us just how she came to meet Robert Pattinson- a long and winding road.
“I had a screenplay which was naturally In English, because
the story takes place in space and, I didn’t know why, but for me, people speak
English- or Russian or Chinese- but definitely not French in space. While I was
writing the script, I had a face in mind: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. No one
has ever made me feel such a sense of humanity in them. It was something
tangible. I felt I could almost touch it. And then he died, of a massive
overdose of various drugs. He was found at home alone with a syringe in his
arm. At the time I thought I’d never make this film…In my mind’s eye, I had seen
his face, his body, his voice and his enigmatic being. Hoffman was a very
broken person whose sudden, and untimely death was so terribly painful for me,
as I thought that what I’d liked so much in him was an emotional, spiritual
reality that verged on the unbearable. While I was feeling completely downcast,
I learnt that Robert Pattinson had heard about the project and wanted to meet
me. I was afraid he’d be disappointed…I thought that perhaps he wouldn’t be
interested in working on the sort of films I make! He read the script and told
me that he wanted to do it. Something else impressed itself on me, a sense of
freedom, an element of surprise. His confidence in me renewed my confidence In the
“Robert has the main role: a man a long way from earth. One
by one, his companions die, and he survives, perhaps because he has a taciturn,
monastic side to him that protects him. He will have to make decisions that
affect others, not just himself. He’s rather like a knight of the Round Table
projects into a world of science fiction. I imagine him to be secretly hemmed
in, so that even when he’s in a group, he appears to be alone, and this reserve
or diffidence gives him an ability, which others don’t have, to withstand fear
and pain. The first time I met Robert was in Los Angeles. He was on his own
territory, and so at east with the project that I ended up forgetting that he
was so famous. When I saw Twilight, I liked it immediately because he has
It’s strange, thought, because it would be difficult to
imagine anyone more unlike Philip Seymour Hoffman physically, but Robert is very
enigmatic, with a powerful presence. He gives off an aura that immediately makes
you want to film him. I remember Beatrice Dalle ringing me when she found out
that that the actress cast to do I Can’t Sleep had decided to quit, eight days
before filming was due to start. Beatrice wasn’t the “If you want, I’ll come.”
She instantly became the ideal person for the film and captured my imagination.
It was so strong that on the first night of the shoot, I felt faint, like being
in shock, because I was so moved at seeing her. I hope I can keep a cool head
on the first day with Robert Pattinson.”
Poor little butthurts of the ‘sessbian‘ vommunity (yeah i spelt it right, the obsessed who believe the sun rises and falls with Rob and Twigsessed) it must really chap your asses, that how many ways you choose to ignore, block and not read ‘basic comprehension‘ how many reasons you need to feed your sad, pathetic lives with vitriolic Kristen hate, Kristen is not only owning your sessed asses, by continuing her movie career - long after you believed she was ‘past, over, forgotten‘ because you are like a broken record; ignored, tossed aside, tossed out, because its the same squeaky, scratchy, repetitive argument, over and over and it doesn’t get any better, but she also controls your waking moments. Attacking pro RK blogs for vindication, wow you really are sour and twisted, must be all that ‘up her ass Twigs love‘ you have going on there?
First rule in a fandom - check your facts first. Fact checking lessens the need to lie, falsify and indeed photoshop with a story you sell to the rags, because they don’t check facts, they just print to earn money of a celebrity’s back. Second rule is own your voice. Hiding behind anon accts/sock accts is so pathetic, so childish, so boring. If you have balls enough to attack someone on ‘their‘ blog, have balls enough to own your vitriol. At least that’s how anyone who is not afraid to speak and own their mind, do it. Not run your mouth off and then pretend you are anon. On the internet you are not an anon, you are just another pathetic internet troll and will be treated as such. Thirdly, sell a story that doesn’t have more holes in it than a tea bag. Twigsessed, as much as i admire your energy going after a relationship that doesn’t exist…geography (being from the US, still in high school, live in Europe were you have never gone outside your front door, nevermind travel outside your own country)…fact checking on distances between one part of the UK and another and travel arrangements has never been your strongest point. It’s an hour from Belfast to London. Flights from BEL to LDN finish at 11pm at night. Travel from London to the IOW is a few hrs by train, several more hours by car (small island at the bottom of Britain. Then it can only be accessed by Ferry (boat that goes across the water) has a scheduled route, that has restrictions and is not a constant roll on roll off boat (again fact checking is a must) like you seem to think. Backs of heads, heavy coats or hats for September in the UK - WTF? Do we live in Russia???? Oh that’s right the most prolific lying of the robsessed sites is Russian…hmmmmm?…
Suggesting that Richard and Claire Pattinson would take in a soft porn show…just goes to show the depths, you pathetic little muppets will go to. To tag your sessed parent’s, for whatever sickfucksessed story you’ve got going around is just the beginning of the end in your idiocy. Yes you will no doubt find Twigs outside such venues, let’s face it, the performer is all kinds of rubber, bondage and overt ‘open’ sexuality, so that would be just her ‘thang‘ But parent’s with self upholding morals and respect, who have raised 3 children with more morals inherited than there are in this fandoms baby finger…as a parent myself i say once more, your story telling is just stupid and laughable.
Attack, believing Kristen is dismissing mental health, again reading comprehension is lost in some people. Real pr Pro; the prolific Robsessed, a one time Kristen supporter, whose activity in PR does not stretch to the entertainment world (believe me) knows my stance on her usage of (Kristen has mental health issues, she’s bipolar etc) needs to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down. She has NO facts, that Kristen has any OR has suffered any mental health issues. She has NO proof that she ever did. Only her own assumptions and like most assumptions, there is always an ASS at the beginning of it, spreading it about. Armchair psychology is something unfortunately some seem to think they are an expert in. When all they are doing is proving once again, what asshats they really are. A pill doesn’t cure your problem, its not some magical ‘fix it all‘ it’s used in a controlled situation, where therapy/conselling and repeated exercises in combating the issues, addressing the issues and controlling the issues affecting your mental health, can be used ‘with it‘
Kristen was neither dismissing it or condemning it. She merely accepted that it’s not going to cure your problems and that ‘feeling’ your emotions, ‘addressing’ your pain and trying to control ‘without‘ drugs can sometimes work. Rather than using medicated excuses as to way to fix you. It doesn’t work with everyone, her sense in believing medication/pills just deadens/numbsthe pain is a very grown up and realistic approach to thecontext of that part of the interview. And NOT as ‘some idiots seem to think as her blind ignorance. The only ignorance and it is very blind i see are from the corner who seem hell bent in putting a young woman down for being able to stand by her beliefs and ‘own’ them. If you don’t see that, refuse to acknowledge what she was trying to put across, as the reporter seemed hell bent in putting Kristen in a corner. The maybe you need to go back to school, including some ‘older fandom participants’ who seem to think they know better.
Robert Pattinson set to star in a science fiction adventure film with acclaimed French director, Claire Dennis.
REUTERS / Danny Moloshok exclusive:
For her first science fiction adventure film, the French filmmaker Claire
Denis has set her sights on the Twilight star, Robert Pattinson.
Robert Pattinson makes
surprising choices in his career. After David Cronenberg, Werner
Herzog and James Gray, he just said yes to another auteur cinema
personality popular in the United States, the French Claire Denis. For
an ambitious project: the first science fiction film from the director
of White Material.
Plot details aren’t being shared just yet, except that the story will be
set “beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present.’”
Denis is working on the screenplay with novelist Zadie Smith (Smiles
wolf), the astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and visual artist Olafur
Eliasson. The film will be shot in English in Cologne, Germany, at the
end of the year.
Yesterday Vulture, a cultural division of NY Magazine interviewed the musician T-Pain, who is an old friend of Twigs (she calls him “Uncle T-Pain). He let it slip that Rob and Twigs are engaged.
A couple of hours after the news spread like wildfire, he posted a note
on his Instagram saying he was just joking for April Fools. The editor
at Vulture says he had no idea the interview was going to run on April 1st, so she doesn’t believe it was a joke.
Subsequently, People magazine
said they have two sources and that Rob and Twigs are in fact engaged.
Gossip Cop ran with that, giving it an 8 out of 10 for credibility, and
today both E! and US Weekly says they have also confirmed that the engagement is real. So far there has been no denial from anyone.
I’m going with it. If it’s not true, that will probably come out when
Twigs performs at Coachella on April 12th. She always does interviews at
festivals, so I’m sure someone will ask her. Whether she answers or not
is her prerogative. (Everyone picked up the story, from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to Marie Claire and Buzzfeed.)