Olivier Assayas marks his return to the Cannes Competition tomorrow with Clouds Of Sils Maria. The director, who has oft had films in various capacities here, was last in the main category with 2004’s Clean, and first appeared in the section as the writer of André Téchiné’s 1984 Rendez-Vous. That film starred Juliette Binoche who leads the cast of the English-language Sils Maria as an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous 20 years ago. But rather than reprise her own role, she is offered the part of the older woman her original character drives to suicide. With her assistant (Kristen Stewart) in tow, she heads off to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. There she finds herself faced with the young Hollywood starlet who is to take on the younger part (Chloë Grace Moretz), an ambiguously charming woman who is an unsettling reflection of herself. When Cannes Fest director Thierry Frémaux announced the lineup back in April, he noted that there’s a surprise bit of casting here that has an “amazing effect.” We’ll find out just what that is tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s the trailer for the movie that IFC has in the U.S.:
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