First Cosmopolis Review From Premiere (France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translation (Via)
New York is on war footing. The President of the USA is passing through and demonstrations are threating to drown Manhattan in chaos. Eric Packer, 28 years old millionaire, doesn’t care. No matter what happens, he will go get his haircut on the other side of town.

We’re not going to lie, whether we like David Cronenberg’s recent movies, we were seriously missing the filmmaker of Videodrome and Crash. Pop open the champagne because he’s back in every shot of Cosmopolis. Even though he’s adapting someone else’s work, the Canadian filmmaker recognized his young/offsprings in the novel of DeLillo. The absurd and persistant odyssey of a young wolf in finance who parades collegues, mistresses and doctors in his high-tech limo. When he reaches his destination, he might be left with nothing (the Japanese currency threatens his waller, his wife is more and distant, it’s getting unbearable.) but the answer of the question that haunts him, without being able to articulate it: Can the one who possesses everything still desire anything else?

Cronenberg made sure that all his obsessions punctuate his route, whether they are intellectual (the search for ‘another’ reality) or carnal/physical (another scene that will make people talk, Packer learns that his prostate asymmetrical). Enthroned in the back seat of his limousine Robert Pattinson reveals a deepness that gets more & more fascinating as his character gets closer to hittng rock bottom/gets closer to the abyss. The fear that surrenders his face in the last moments doesnt belong only to this anti-hero that arrived at the point of no return, but it’s also the fear of an actor who tests his limits with an unsupected bravery. With a feverish and decadent ride in Hell, Cosmopolis proves that he’s not done testing them.

 

Cosmopolis in Glamour Magazine – France [Scan + Translation]

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Steamy Cosmopolis, by David Cronenberg

It’s an event for different reasons: Robert Pattinson , who has eventually put an end to his Twilight duties, displays his talent as a cranky megastar and plays a young billionaire who will have a nightmarish mental oddysey in the back of his limo (adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel). Above all, the fisrst images allows us to see and feel something we tought had disappeared: David Cronenberg’s cinema, the one he used to do: gore , biologic, clinic, disturbing. We’ll meet you on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival.

 

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 Translated by: rpattzrobertpattinson / Via

Interview of Rob & Cronenberg w/ Fnac Contact (France) – Scans + Translation

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David Cronenberg Cosmopolis, the new film by David Cronenberg, was more than likely to be chosen to be part of the 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Its lead actor is Robert Pattinson. An unexpected but promising collaboration, where the Twilight star portrays a multi-millionaire who drives through Manhattan in a high tech limousine , premise of a self-destructive odyssey.

Contact Fnac: What were your motivations by adapting Don DeLillo’s novel? 
David Cronenberg: The dialogues. When I read the book, I thought that I would love to hear them coming out of the mouths of excellent actors. And from a cinamatographic point of view, it was a wonderful challenge to shoot in a limousine in motion. I asked my team to watch the films Das Boot and Lebanon, two films shot in secluded places. It’s quite liberating to have a scenic structure as rigorous as it requires rethinking the traditional approach of cinema, not only regarding the movement of the camera but also regarding the choreography of acting.

Contact Fnac: The choice of Robert Pattinson to play Eric Packer surprised the media. Yet it makes sense. 
David Cronenberg: Casting is an occult art. This is something enormously important work as a director. You can kill your film, even before the shooting, with a bad casting choice. And yet there are no instructions to guide you. I felt that Robert Pattinson had the required charisma to embody a strangely neurotic , powerful and yet immature man, who evolves in front of us during the odyssey that occurs through the film. Eric is not a lovable character, and I needed an actor who is not afraid of that. But he is also fascinating, hypnotic, and those are qualities that an actor can possess or not. Robert has them. 

Fnac Contact: Power, alienation, self-destruction … Would you say that Eric Packer is close to your previous characters? 
David Cronenberg: The brilliant and self-destructive characters are my favorites. They give off such an aura, and thir fall is so instructive, if not entertaining. I am perpetually curious, and sometimes shocked, by our attitudes as humans, and by the human condition in general.

Contact Fnac: You used to be snubbed by the Cannes audience, and then you ended up as President of the Jury. What happened? 
David Cronenberg: It took some time before the critics and part of the audience understood what I was trying to do. That’s why it’s important to have a long career, since your previous films highlight the first, and with time, the specter of your work becomes like a little universe that makes sense for everyone : a creative sense of the month.

Robert Pattinson 

Contact Fnac: How do you react when you were offered the role of Eric Packer? 
Robert Pattinson: I had read the script a year before and I thought I had absolutely no chance of getting a role in the film, not to mention Eric’s part . And when David (Cronenberg) called me, out of the blue , I was more than surprised! It was clearly one of the most exciting and demanding projects that I could have read.

Contact Fnac: You said that your experience on the set was kind of ‘crazy’. What do you mean exactly? 
Robert Pattinson: It was just different from anything I have done before. The script included some really unusual stylistic ideas and I think nobody really knew how to approach this type of material. You know, it’s rare to work with a director who allows his movies to evolve this much, organically.

Contact Fnac: Are there any other filmmakers you would like to work with ? 
Robert Pattinson: There are too many to mention them all . But there are among them French directors, including Jacques Audiard, for example, who made quite exceptional

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