Marion Cotillard shares honors in the San Sebastián category with Johnny Depp. Although her American counterpart has grabbed the headlines for the controversial decision of the festival, she picked up her Donostia Award yesterday to a huge ovation. Penelope Cruz, who received it in 2019, presented the French actress with the highest recognition given by the event directed by José Luis Rebordinos.
Cotillard has premiered in San Sebastián as a producer with the documentary Bigger than us, a trip from the favelas of Rio to the remote villages of Malawi and from improvised boats on the island of Lesbos to the ceremonies of Native Americans in the mountains of Colorado to value struggles such as feminism, the environment, migration or freedom of expression.
Without referring to Johnny Depp, the actress has spoken about the change that the movement has brought about Me too in the cinema: “From #metoo the word has been freed and we are witnessing a true revolution.” His documentary, directed, produced and starred by women is one of the most immediate consequences. All of this “helps to change the outlook”, to “question the patriarchal system” and to “stop tolerating things that were previously tolerated by a vast majority of the population.”
The subordination of women, for a few years, is unsustainable. It could never be endured, but with the MeToo it is not even maintained.
“The subordination of women has been unsustainable for a few years,” claimed the interpreter. “Today a woman knows that she can have the support of men and women. Today there are actions that are no longer tolerated. Women are achieving a deserved revolution,” he added. In fact, at the press conference prior to receiving the award, he acknowledged that Greta Garbo is his great reference for uniting “that balance between man and woman.” “She was my mother’s favorite actress, we watched her movies together, I am moved by people who embody the masculine and feminine in themselves, and I think that is the way to reconciliation.”
13 years after the Oscar
Marion Cotillard ceased to be a figure on the European scene to become international, and even Hollywood, when in 2008 she won the Oscar for best actress for La vie en Rose playing Edith Piaf. “It opened the doors of cinema to me, especially English and American. My generation grew up with American cinema and being able to work with so many directors I admire helped to promote the dream of being an actress,” acknowledges the French.
Although he has walked alongside directors Cristopher Nolan, Woody Allen, Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis on red carpets around the world and has garnered international attention, Cotillard has never abandoned French cinema. And in the national sector he has also collaborated with the best: the Dardenne brothers, Xavier Dolan, Jacques Audiard or Leos Carax, with whom he has just premiered the popular Annette.
“France is a country of cinema, that’s where it was born, cinema is in the cultural DNA of our country,” she explained when asked about the key to the success of French cinema. “We have great cinematographic wealth and also the support of the Government, which is very necessary.”