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    SILS MARIA

    Dal 67. Festival del Cinema di Cannes - RECENSIONE ITALIANA e PREVIEW in ENGLISH by PETER DEBRUGE (www.variety.com) - Dal 6 NOVEMBRE

    (Clouds of Sils Maria; FRANCIA/SVIZZERA/GERMANIA 2014; Drammatico; 124'; Produz.: CG Cinema/CAB Productions/Ezekiel Film Production/Pallas Film/Vortex Sutra/arte France Cinéma; Distribuz.: Good Films)

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    Titolo in italiano: Sils Maria

    Titolo in lingua originale: Clouds of Sils Maria

    Anno di produzione: 2014

    Anno di uscita: 2014

    Regia: Olivier Assayas

    Sceneggiatura: Olivier Assayas

    Cast: Juliette Binoche (Maria Enders)
    Kristen Stewart (Valentine)
    Chloë Grace Moretz (Jo-Ann Ellis)
    Brady Corbet (Piers Roaldson)
    Johnny Flynn (Christopher Giles)
    Claire Tran (Mei-Ling)
    Hanns Zischler (Henryk Wald)
    Lars Eidinger (Klaus Diesterweg)
    Angela Winkler (Rosa Melchior)
    Nora von Waldstätten (Attrice di film di fantascienza)
    Aljoscha Stadelmann (Urs Kobler)
    Peter Farkas (Giornalista di Zurigo)
    Steffen Mennekes (Giornalista)
    Alister Mazzotti (L.A.P.D. Polizist)
    Frank M. Ahearn (Oz)

    Costumi: Jürgen Doering

    Scenografia: François-Renaud Labarthe

    Fotografia: Yorick Le Saux

    Montaggio: Marion Monnier

    Effetti Speciali: Mikael Tanguy (supervisore effetti visivi)

    Makeup: Frédérique Ney (makeup); Morgane Bernhard (acconciature)

    Casting: Antoinette Boulat e Anja Dihrberg

    Scheda film aggiornata al: 16 Luglio 2015

    Sinossi:

    IN BREVE:

    A diciotto anni, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) ha avuto successo in teatro con Maloja Snake. Ha interpretato Sigird, una ragazza ambiziosa che ha affascinato e condotto al suicidio Helena, una donna matura. Questo ruolo ha cambiato la sua vita. Dopo vent'anni, al culmine della sua fama, le fu chiesto di ricevere a Zurigo un prestigioso premio a nome di Wilhelm Melchior, l'autore e regista che ora vive come un recluso, a Sils Maria (Svizzera). Ma la morte improvvisa di quest'ultimo, poche ore prima della cerimonia, sconvolge Maria Enders facendola tornare indietro nel tempo, in un periodo ancora irrisolto.

    SYNOPSIS:

    At eighteen, Maria Enders was successful in theatre with MalojaSnake. She played Sigird, an ambitious girl with disorder charm who fascinated and led to suicide Helena, a mature woman. This role has changed her life. More than twenty years have passed when, at the peak of her fame, she was asked to receive in Zurich a prestigious award on behalf of Wilhelm Melchior, the author and director to which she owes her early recognition, and now lives as a recluse, in Sils Maria (Switzlerland). But the sudden death of the latter, a few hours before the ceremony, puts Maria Enders against the vertigo of time, that is of a past which she hasn't got away with. And even more when a young director in vogue asks her to play again in MalojaSnake, but this time on the other side of the story, Helena's, from the destruction of who she's built her notoriety. Caught in the turmoil of a divorce, which deprives her of any sentimental support, her only interlocutor is her assistant, Valentine, both the ...

    Commento critico (a cura di FRANCESCA CARUSO)

    Apprezzato da pubblico e critica, presentato al Festival di Cannes 2014, Sils Maria è ora disponibile in Dvd CG Entertainment. Per il suo ruolo nel film Kristen Stewart ha vinto il premio come Miglior Attrice Non Protagonista ai Premi Cesar 2015.

    Vi si racconta la storia dell’attrice Maria Enders, che a 18 anni interpreta Sigrid, una ragazza ambiziosa che seduce una donna matura, Helene. Vent’anni dopo si trova a Sils Maria a fare le prove con la sua assistente, Valentine, per immergersi nuovamente in quella storia, ma questa volta dovrà vestire i panni di Helene. Maria è turbata dal dover portare alla luce gli aspetti più reconditi di Helene e dal non poter essere più Sigrid. In questo dramma l’arte si confonde con la vita reale e viceversa. La protagonista è un’attrice ed è una donna nell’età in cui fanno capolino le insicurezze, le fragilità, il rifiutarsi di vedere gli anni

    che passano, la solitudine e il dipendere da qualcuno, tutti aspetti che - in buona parte - trova in Helene.

    Juliette Binoche esprime sapientemente i diversi stati d’animo, catturando fin da subito l’attenzione. Tuttavia nelle sequenze in cui Maria e Valentine diventano Helene e Sigrid, l’interesse si divide equamente tra le due attrici, Binoche e Stewart, che sorreggono bene l’una la recitazione dell’altra.
    Il regista e sceneggiatore Olivier Assayas ha voluto mostrare quanto possa essere difficile per un attore andare a fondo nella psicologia di un particolare tipo di personaggio e come questo possa toccarlo in maniera personale. Assayas esplora l’animo di Maria, evidenziando la giovane donna che ancora vorrebbe essere, ma anche la donna più matura che sa andare oltre la superficie. Mette in rilievo quanto sia dura vedere e accettare un cambiamento inevitabile.

    Il film parla non solo di come si vede la protagonista, ma anche di come la vedono

    gli altri. Se lei si sente ancora Sigrid, gli altri la ricordano nei panni dei mille personaggi interpretati, e la vedono una potenziale Helene. Sono delle sensazioni che chiunque può provare. Ci si sente spesso diversi da come gli altri ci vedono o dall’idea che si fanno di noi. Sentirsi giovani o già vecchi non è sempre dovuto all’età, ma alle esperienze fatte e allo stato d’animo con cui si osserva il mondo. Olivier Assayas porta lo spettatore a fare questa e altre riflessioni, e regala anche delle belle suggestioni date dalla fotografia di Yorick Le Saux e dal serpente del Maloja, una nuvola che viene spinta dal vento, lungo le montagne, a formare un serpente, fenomeno raro ma bellissimo.

    Le riprese sono state effettuate tra Italia (provincia di Bolzano), Svizzera (Sils Maria, Zurigo e Sankt Moritz) e Germania (Berlino e Lipsia) per infondere autenticità al racconto e far ammirare dei

    panorami unici. Sils Maria è un film in cui la parola ha un ruolo predominante, ma la bellezza della Natura la segue a ruota.

    Secondo commento critico (a cura di PETER DEBRUGE, www.variety.com)

    CONTRASTING STYLES BETWEEN STARS OF TWO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS MAKE CANNES COMPETITION TITLE A RICH STUDY OF ACTORLY INSECURITY

    French director Olivier Assayas likes his leading ladies unpredictable and punk, crafting wild pipe-bomb thrillers to suit the feral energy of muses such as Maggie Cheung (“Irma Vep”), Chloe Sevigny (“Demonlover”) and Asia Argento (“Boarding Gate”). But does he really understand women? After collaborating with Assayas on 2008’s perfect, albeit ultra-safe “Summer Hours,” actress Juliette Binoche challenged the director to write a part that delved into genuine female experience. Though deceptively casual on its surface, “Clouds of Sils Maria” marks his daring rejoinder, a multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved — including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz — to new heights.

    Binoche plays Maria Enders, a 40-ish movie star approached about remaking “Maloja Snake,” the film that launched her career two decades earlier. This time, she’s being asked to

    interpret the older role — a burnt-out, middle-aged businesswoman manipulated by her young female assistant in a daring lesbian dynamic. Maria has always identified with the other character, the one she played at age 20, whereas the role of the has-been is haunted by her previous co-star, who died in a car accident a year after they shot the movie.

    All performers are superstitious to some degree, which supports those who choose to read “Sils Maria” as a ghost story of sorts. Certainly, its principal theme is the passage of time, which seems to affect actors more intensely than anyone else on earth — especially female ones, who are typically put out to pasture early. Nearly 30 years ago, Assayas co-wrote Binoche’s first starring role in Andre Techine’s “Rendez-Vous,” and now, just as Marie feels threatened trading places with a hot young up-and-comer, Binoche has been asked to star opposite

    an actress far more consistent with Assayas’ “type.”

    As the film opens, Maria is traveling with her assistant Val (Stewart) to accept an award on behalf of her close friend and mentor, playwright Wilhelm Melchior (a provocateur loosely inspired by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” echoes below the surface here). En route, while dealing with the particulars of her in-progress divorce, Marie receives word that Melchior has died, dredging up an unpleasant figure from her past, an old co-star named Henryk Wald (Hanns Zischler) whose stage-hoggy desperation provides a horrifying glimpse into where her own career could be headed.

    For this and her myriad other insecurities, Marie has Val, the hyper-reliable young woman who serves as her minder, mother, therapist and rehearsal partner. It is Val who talks her nervous boss into doing the “Maloja Snake” revival, dragging Marie to a studio-produced superhero movie just to

    see Jo-Ann Ellis, the edgy young actress (Moretz) tapped to play the other part.

    Running lines from the play, Marie and Val may as well be describing their own sexually charged codependency, so perversely does the dialogue fit the pair’s own increasingly unhealthy dynamic. At times, Val excuses herself to visit a photographer boyfriend (although a weird mountain-driving montage suggests she may simply need to get away when the connection becomes too intense), until finally, Val seems to disappear altogether, just one of the many mysteries woven into this rich and tantalizingly open-ended psychological study.

    Moretz is fine, scoring laughs in a series of paparazzi-documented public outbursts, but not nearly as exciting in the fake “X-Men”-style movie-within-the-movie as Val believes. Ultimately, Stewart is the one who actually embodies what Binoche’s character most fears, countering the older actress’ more studied technique with the same spontaneous, agitated energy that makes her the most compellingly

    watchable American actress of her generation. Heightening the effect still further, Assayas uses the inescapable “baggage” of Stewart’s offscreen persona — from broken-marriage tabloid drama to a tossed-off eye-roll over the ridiculous rise in werewolf projects post-“Twilight” — to slyly alter the movie’s pH.

    By sheer coincidence, “Sils Maria” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the same competition lineup as toxic Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars.” Assayas’ bespoke homage to the art of acting feels like the antidote to David Cronenberg’s toxic takedown, which skewers Hollywood hangers-on and their screwed-up priorities. Though keenly satiric in its own right, “Sils Maria” loves actors and seeks to appreciate the strange alchemy they weave.

    Having begun his career as a film critic, Assayas spent years judging performances in strictly technical terms. Actors don’t see their work like that, relying on intuition and emotional identification to connect with their characters in the most honest

    way possible. Moviegoers relate on yet another, more impressionistic level, affected by their mood, what they had for breakfast that morning and whatever personal experience they bring to the table. As the film acknowledges, “The text is like an object. It’s gonna change perspective based on where you’re standing.”

    Given the amount of subjectivity involved, acting is by far the hardest aspect of filmmaking to evaluate. It’s easy enough to object when the work feels false, but so much of the process remains a mystery, and in trying to unlock its secrets, “Sils Maria” reaches for the stratosphere — which incidentally, is where most of the film takes place, high in the Swiss Alps, above the clouds. From this celestial vantage, Maria and Val are free to observe the real “Maloja Snake,” a seething meteorological formation that sends clouds winding serpent-like through a valley lined by mountains on either side.

    In addition

    to documenting this spectacle afresh, Assayas unearths an old 1924 silent movie by German director Arnold Fanck, the sort of relic that makes one grateful someone thought to capture this mesmerizing phenomenon on film. Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here — of having witnessed something precious and rare — answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul.

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