FOR THE PREMIERE OF 'CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA'
According to Guest of a Guest's Claire Peltier, Brian De Palma was one of many celebrity guests at a party at Omar's celebrating the New York Film Festival premiere of Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria. Assayas and the film's stars, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, were there, as were filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Viggo Mortenson, who played a small part in De Palma's Carlito's Way, was there, as was Chloe Sevigny, who starred in the remake of De Palma's Sisters. Other guests listed in Peltier's article: Patti Smith, Willem Dafoe, Sharon Stone, Peter Facinelli, Nicholas Hoult, Dakota Fanning, Ebon Moss, Sebastian Stan, Melissa George, Margarita Levieva, Condola Rashad, Pablo Schreiber, Joseph Cross, Brigitte Lacombe, Kim Gordon, Casey LaBow, John Krokidas, Antoine Verglas, Cory Bond, Daniel Benedict, Anh Duong, Will Cotton, and Andrew Saffir.
Clouds Of Sils Maria was co-produced by Sylvie Barthet, who was also a producer on De Palma's most recent film, Passion.
In his Toronto Film Festival review of Clouds Of Sils Maria last month, Twitch's Kurt Halfyard noted that the film's story includes a play that "bears remarkable similarity to Alain Corneau's final film, Love Crime (which was recently remade by Brian De Palma as Passion.)" According to Huffington Post's Erin Whitney, in an NYFF press conference, Assayas described the film's fictional play as a "condensed, brutalized version" of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Whitney writes that the play within the film "follows a fatal attraction between an older woman and her manipulative young assistant. As the film progresses, the lines blur between Maria's relationship to the play 20 years ago and the dynamics between Maria and Valentine, Maria and Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz), the actress playing the younger role, and Maria and her past self."
Back in the mid-1990s, Binoche was offered a role in De Palma's Mission: Impossible, but she did not like the script, and turned it down. Around 2003-2004, she committed to star opposite Colin Firth in an adaptation of Gardner McKay's Toyer that De Palma had hoped to make (with Pino Donaggio tapped to compose the film's score), but the timing never quite worked out to get the project off the ground.