"I think a lot them will come and want to order drinks very quickly, as this often happens with our heavier films," said Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir as guests began to arrive at NoHo Asian restaurant Indochine following a screening of heart-wrenching drama French Rust and Bone. He was right.
The new film, directed by Academy Award winner Jacques Audiard (A Prophet), is a lyrical portrayal of an Orca trainer played by Marion Cotillard who loses her legs in an accident and eventually falls in love with a hard-edged bouncer played by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts.
Guests at the Vanity Fair, Dior, and Cinema Society-hosted screening included Debbie Harry, NFL running back turned Golden Globes pre-show host Tiki Barber, The Wire's Isiah Whitlock, Olivier Theyskens, and Gwendoline Christie (aka Game of Thrones' own Brienne of Tarth, whose striking presence was impossible to miss). Also present was famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber, who chatted casually with Cotillard following her red-carpet walk.
Of her role in the film, Cotillard—decked out head to toe in Dior—told Interview: "Well, I studied Orcas, because I didn't know anything about them. And I took swimming lessons." Yet it was her ability to embody a double amputee that truly had guests talking.
Described quite aptly as "harrowing" by Saffir, the beautiful film was a far weightier affair than the Champaign and Belvedere cocktails that followed. —Nathan Reese
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