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Clouds of Sils Maria

Olivier Assayas
Sils Maria
France, Germany, Switzerland 2014 / 124’
subtitles: Polish and English
Something in the Air Personal Shopper

Almost 20 years after his well-known Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas once again takes on a self-referential subject. In Clouds of Sils Maria, the French director tells the story of an acting diva named Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche), who agrees to appear in a revival of the film that opened the door to her international career years earlier. In preparing for the role, she is aided by a go-getting assistant named Valentine (Kristen Stewart). A strong bond develops between the two women based on mutual admiration, jealousy and hidden desire. In the film, which has been compared to Bergman’s acclaimed Persona, Assayas skillfully blends what is an intimate psychological drama with an ironic reflection on changes taking place in contemporary cinema. Another one of the film’s strong points is the beautiful cinematography of the Alpine landscape, where a large part of the film is set. Particularly picturesque is the scene at the Maloja Pass, where a characteristic weather phenomenon becomes, in time, a metaphor that is essential to the story.

Piotr Czerkawski


César Awards 2015 – Best Supporting Actress; Prix Louis Delluc 2014 - Best Film


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Olivier Assayas

Born in Paris in 1955, Olivier Assayas is the son of screenwriter Jacques Rémy (whose real name was Raymond Assayas). It was at his father’s side that Olivier took his first steps in the industry while still a teenager. He began making his first short amateur films a little while later. At the same time, he launched his career as a film critic, writing for the famous Cahiers du cinéma. He made his full-length debut with Disorder in 1986. Since then, he has made a number of films that have ensured him a position as one of the most important directors in European cinema. His most acclaimed works include Irma Vep, Something in the Air (an award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival) and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Selected filmography

1986 Bezład / Désordre / Disorder

1989 Zimowe dziecko / L’enfant de l’hiver / Winter’s Child

1991 Paryż się budzi / Paris s’éveille / Paris Awakens

1993 Nowe życie / Une nouvelle vie / A New Life

1994 Zimna woda / L’eau froide / Cold Water

1996 Irma Vep

1998 Koniec sierpnia, początek września / Fin août, début septembre / Late August, Early September

2000 Ścieżki uczuć / Les destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies

2002 Demonlover

2004 Czysta / Clean

2007 Przejście / Boarding Gate

2008 Pewnego lata / L’heure d’été / Summer Hours

2010 Carlos (TV series)

2012 Po maju / Après mai / Something in the Air

2014 Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria 

2016 Personal Shopper

2018 Doubles vies / Non-Fiction

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Assayas
screenplay Olivier Assayas
cinematography Yorick Le Saux
editing Marion Monnier
cast Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger
producer Charles Gillibert
production CG Cinéma, Pallas Film, CAB Productions, Vortex Sutra, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte, Orange Studio, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), SRG SSR idée suisse
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language French, English, German
colouration colour