Magazine article Screen International

Nicole Garcia, 'From the Land of the Moon'

Magazine article Screen International

Nicole Garcia, 'From the Land of the Moon'

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French director and actress Nicole Garcia is back in Competition at Cannes Film Festival for a third time with 1950s-set From The Land Of The Moon (Mal de Pierres) starring Marion Cotillard as a woman caught between a loveless, provincial arranged marriage and a passionate, impossible affair. The film is adapted from Milena Augus' 2006 novel From The Land Of The Moon.

Screen: What drew you to the book?

Nicole Garcia: There was something in the destiny of the central character that interested me. The force of her passion leads to her being branded as mad. Her desire for an all-consuming love is perfectly within her rights but in that period it was unacceptable and even today we continue to condemn female desire when it is excessive.

Why did you choose Marion Cotillard for the main role?

When I thought about who could play this role, I couldn't think of anyone else. There is something mystical about Marion. She has a sensuality in this film which is very rare in cinema. …

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