Olivier Assayas

Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria

This multilayered, immensely entertaining drama from the great contemporary French director Olivier Assayas is a singular look at the intersection of high art and popular culture. The always extraordinary Juliette Binoche is stirring as Maria, a stage and screen icon who is being courted to star in a new production of the play that made her famous—only this time she must assume the role of the older woman. Kristen Stewart matches her punch for punch as her beleaguered assistant, called upon to provide support both professional and emotional for her mercurial boss. And Chloë Grace Moretz is Maria’s callow new castmate, a starlet waiting in the wings. An amorphous, soul-searching tale, filled with ethereal images of its Swiss Alps setting, Clouds of Sils Maria brilliantly dramatizes one woman’s reckoning with herself and the world.

Film Info

  • Olivier Assayas
  • France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 2014
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English, French, German
  • Spine #822

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Beyond Time, a new interview with director Olivier Assayas
  • Parallel Lives, a new program featuring actors Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart on their roles in the film
  • Cloud Phenomena of Maloja, a silent 1924 documentary by Arnold Fanck that is seen in the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Molly Haskell
    New cover by Nessim Higson

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Beyond Time, a new interview with director Olivier Assayas
  • Parallel Lives, a new program featuring actors Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart on their roles in the film
  • Cloud Phenomena of Maloja, a silent 1924 documentary by Arnold Fanck that is seen in the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Molly Haskell
    New cover by Nessim Higson
Clouds of Sils Maria
Cast
Juliette Binoche
Maria Enders
Kristen Stewart
Valentine
Chloë Grace Moretz
Jo-Ann Ellis
Lars Eidinger
Klaus Diesterweg
Johnny Flynn
Christopher Giles
Brady Corbet
Piers Roaldson
Hanns Zischler
Henryk Wald
Angela Winkler
Rosa Melchior
Nora Von Waldstatten
Superhero film actress
Aljoscha Stadelmann
Urs Kobler
Luise Berndt
Urs’s assistant
Gilles Tschudi
Mayor of Zurich
Benoit Peverelli
Berndt
Claire Tran
Maria’s new assistant
Stuart Manashil
Maria’s agent
Peter Farkas
Journalist in Zurich
Ricardia Bramley
Talk-show hostess
Caroline De Maigret
Chanel press agent
Arnold Gramara
Concierge in Waldhaus
Ben Posener
Journalist in London
Sean McDonagh
Theater assistant in London
Credits
Director
Olivier Assayas
Written by
Olivier Assayas
Producer
Charles Gillibert
Coproducers
Karl Baumgartner
Coproducers
Thanassis Karathanos
Coproducers
Jean-Louis Porchet
Coproducers
Gérard Ruey
Coproducers
Sylvie Barthet
Associate producer
Antoun Sehnaoui
Director of photography
Yorick Le Saux
Production designer
François-Renaud Labarthe
Editor
Marion Monnier
Sound
Daniel Sobrino
Sound
Nicolas Moreau
Costume designer
Jürgen Doering
First assistant director
Dominique Delany
Script supervisor
Christelle Meaux
Casting directors
Antoinette Boulat
Casting directors
Anja Dihrberg
Makeup artists
Frédérique Ney
Makeup artists
Céline Planchenault
Hairstylist
Morgane Bernhard
Art director
Gabriella Ausonio

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