Though I wasn’t too familiar with director Olivier Assayas up until a few years ago, after watching his excellent mini-series Carlos the Jackal, I’m now totally sold on the French filmmaker. Currently, he’s finishing up post-production on his new film Clouds of Sils Maria, which will likely premiere this year at Cannes. While we haven’t see much from it yet, a sales poster and official synopsis have been released today as the film is now looking for buyers at the European Film Market.
Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz, among others, Clouds of Sils Maria will focus on “middle age and that introspective period where one questions how they’ve spent their life so far and what they’ve accomplished.” It’s a topic that we’ve seen explored before many times in film but with the talent that’s been assembled here, I think that Assayas’ upcoming project definitely has the potential to be something unique and special. It will also be nice to see Moretz taking on another more mature role and Stewart continuing to step away from her Twilight shadow.
Check out the official plot synopsis below:
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.
She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
No release date has been announced yet for Clouds of Sils Maria but we’ll let you know when that changes. Check out the poster below and let us know what you think in the comments section.