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Inside Cannes 2012 Day 2: Five Quotes from the Rust & Bone Press Conference

1. “I cut them off”. – Jacques Audiard

When asked about how he made Marion Cotillard disappear, the filmmaker explains that he would not have been able to create the amputee look a decade back because the technology wasn’t as precise, and as simple.

2. “We asked ourselves how to put some sun in this story”. – Thomas Bidegain

Co-writer discusses how they took novelist Craig Davidson’s world of raw, hard, solitary figures with a broken destiny and made it their own.

Rust & Bone Matthias Schoenaerts Cannes Film Festival

3. “Last week they called me for Rambo 34” – Matthias Schoenaerts

When asked what his career path in the U.S might look like, the actor mentioned that he has received offers from the U.S. for buff action-like roles.

4. “She admires his courage”. – Jacques Audiard

The filmmaker hates violence and yet finds himself returning to it and is almost fascinated by it. He details that Marion’s character is drawn to not his violent streak in Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) but rather admires his courage.

Rust & Bone Marion Cotillard Cannes Film Festival

5. I naturally consider Marion, I knew, wanted our paths would cross. I was touched in what she did in Olivier Dahan’s film. – Jacques Audiard

Cotillard’s performance in La mome as Edith Piaf is why the filmmaker choose the thesp for the female lead.

Note: All quotes above are French to English translations.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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