Directed by Olivier Assayas • 2014 • France, Germany, Switzerland
Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz
This multilayered, immensely entertaining drama from the great contemporary French director Olivier Assayas is a singular look at the intersection of high art and popular culture. The always extraordinary Juliette Binoche is stirring as Maria, a stage and screen icon who is being courted to star in a new production of the play that made her famous—only this time she must assume the role of the older woman. Kristen Stewart matches her punch for punch as her beleaguered assistant, called upon to provide support both professional and emotional for her mercurial boss. And Chloë Grace Moretz is Maria’s callow new castmate, a starlet waiting in the wings. An amorphous, soul-searching tale, filled with ethereal images of its Swiss Alps setting, CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA brilliantly dramatizes one woman’s reckoning with herself and the world.
Writer and director Olivier Assayas created the part of Maria Enders in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA for Juliette Binoche at the actor’s request—she wanted to work with him again after their collaboration on SUMMER HOURS (2008). In April 2015, Assayas sat down in Paris for this discussion of the project.
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart on CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
In these interviews, conducted in Paris and New York City in 2015, actors Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart reflect on their work with director Olivier Assayas and taking on the roles of Maria and Valentine in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA.
Segments of this short documentary, directed by Arnold Fanck in 1924, appear in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Presented in its entirety here, CLOUD PHENOMENA OF MALOJA shows the cloud formations from which both works take their names. It is accompanied by a score by the Sardinian jazz trumpet player Paol...