Cannes: Marion Cotillard Says She Wants to Work With More Women

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Marion Cotillard

The star appears in Arnaud Desplechin's opening film 'Ismael's Ghosts.'

One of French cinema's biggest stars, Marion Cotillard, was — somewhat aptly — the main attraction during the Cannes Film Festival's opening press conference Wednesday. 

Cotillard, plus Charlotte Gainsbourg and other stars of Arnaud Desplechin's festival opener Ismael's Ghosts, met the press in the Palais, where the French actress explained how she yearned to work with more actresses.

"I've met more actors in my life than women as an actress, and would like that to change actually," she said. "I would love to be in more films with women actors, I have a passion for actresses and have long wanted to be in films with more actresses. It was wonderful to share this relationship onscreen with Charlotte."

Desplechin, meanwhile, praised his two leading ladies, although he admitted that he didn't originally know who he was writing the film for. 

"Marion's career is very unexpected. I loved her in the Dardennes films," he said. "She has an extraordinary ability to create a myth and then get rid of the myth as soon as it bothers her."

With Gainsbourg, he said that he knew it would be necessary for someone to have a "real fire under the ashes." He added: "She has a way of accepting scandal, in a very serene and calm way."

Ismael's Ghosts will have its world premiere at the Palais on Wednesday night. 

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