Marion Cotillard looked ravishing in a white and black Dior gown at AFI Fest on Monday night, where she spoke about the challenges of balancing work and family.
"I never see a challenge," the Rust and Bone star said. "I just see a lot of work." Now that the face of Dior has a family, she explains that her ability to set aside time and inhabit a character and then come home and be a mom is important to her. "I didn't know that I could go back and forth." This ability allows the actress to take on "very intense roles without losing myself in these roles. It's really something that I cherish," she added.
The Oscar winner not only walked the red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the Los Angeles and AFI Fest premiere of her new film, but she also answered questions during a prescreening event, In Tribute to Marion Cotillard.
She attended the afterparty at the Roosevelt hotel with her co-star Matthias Schoenaerts and the writer-director of the film, Jacques Audiard. There, she mingled with fans and movie industry players including Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, who was celebrating the positive buzz the movie has been receiving. "Sometimes you just have to put your faith in a filmmaker you believe in, and if all of the stars are in alignment, it works out," said Barker. "This film is a romance unlike you have ever seen."
Schoenaerts, who is a relative newcomer to the Hollywood scene, said he hopes moviegoers experience "something that was profound" and take away from this movie that "even with a total loss in your life, with love you can rediscover life and come back to life because of that love."
The French-Belgian film is based on Craig Davidson's short-story collection of the same name. It tells the story of an unemployed 25-year-old man, trying to take care of his young son, who falls in love with a killer-whale trainer. The Sony Pictures Classics film hits theaters Nov. 23 in New York and Dec. 7 in L.A.