Screening near the end of the Cannes Film Festival in order to accommodate its stars’s schedules, Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria” has released two new clips. Starring Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche along with Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, “Clouds of Sils Maria” is about “the confrontation between the past and present of a landscape that appeared as an ideal setting for a comedy – or drama, depending on the perspective one chooses – of an actress diving into the abyss of time, either out of professional or moral obligation, rather than desire,” according to Assayas’ director’s statement.
Binoche plays the aging actress, Maria Enders, who, in the first clip, discusses acting with her assistant played by Stewart. The clip introduces her competition, the more youthful but also more shallow Hollywood starlet played by Moretz. Pairing the up-and-coming Moretz with the seasoned Binoche adds meaning and depth to the film and that is evident as the elder actress recites old stories to her youthful counterpart.
“Clouds of Sils Maria” looks to be the highlight of the last leg of the festival. Assayas’ previous films include Criterion title “Summer Hours,” also starring Binoche, and “Something in the Air,” which competed at Venice in 2012.