Recently I struggled when writing a review, endeavouring to shape my words in describing an evening of live artistry when two great musicians, one with their voice and one with their playing of an instrument inspired by each other together reached a rare pinnacle of achievement.
This is a state that to my mind and experience usually only happens in ‘live performance’ on stage and one we are not really used to witnessing at the movies.
Certainly I have seen many great movies and been moved to tears, laughter and often complete despair as they have engaged my emotions, but when viewing the Clouds of Sils Maria my experience was very different.
It exceeds all boundaries as it pushes all those involved, including the audience outside their comfort zone.
This movie is breathtaking in its intensity, ennobled by sense and sensibility and the subtlety of the performances given by its two main actresses – Enter our Giveaway and WIN a double pass.
Acclaimed actress Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart a pre-eminent young actress from Hollywood come together in a powerful, clever and creative casting connection for this very special meditation about acting, fame and aging.
Binoche plays Maria Enders a famous actress and Stewart her personal assistant Valentine, who enjoys her trust and friendship. These two superb actresses make their own growing discomfort with each other highly personal.
For much of the play they are isolated together in a cottage in the Swiss Alps where desire is not the focus, but dependency is explored. Maria sets her own pace, having a powerful effect on Valentine, in this interpretation of life that is perhaps truer than life itself.
As we discover the home belonged to author Wilhelm Melchior and his wife Rosa.
He wrote the script for the pivotal play that helped to build Maria’s reputation as the famous actress she now is when she was 18 years of age. During that time he and Rosa became like parents to the young Maria facing her first acting experience,
Maria races across the countryside with Valentine at her side by train to comfort Rosa when William unexpectedly dies, however little do they know that they will forced to face a panoply of emotional challenges as a result.
Clouds of Sils Maria starts Thursday May 7th, 2015 nationally
Exploring the relationship between actors, celebrity, age and vanity
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Our Young knight (Bambangan), wayang golek cepak puppet (early 20th century – mid 20th century) comes from the north coast Java, Indonesia and is painted and gilt-wood, cotton, rayon, bamboo, cotton (thread and string). It will be on display at the NGV International from 1 May – 30 August 2015 as part of Gods Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art.
Works included will come from India, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and Cambodia and will include some 50 or more objects from a variety of theatrical presentations. This includes 26 painted wayung puppets from Indonesia, featuring clowns, court ladies, demons and ogres. Our Noblewoman (Putren) is a painted and giltwood ‘wayang golek cepak puppet (early 20th – mid 20th century) from the north coast of Java, Indonesia and was purchased by the NGV in 1973.
Multimedia displays of video and photographs will bring to life the performance of these works, which were often accompanied by singers, musicians and dancers. Masks were worn, this Indonesian Topeng for Raden Gunung Sari (20th century) comes from Java, Indonesia and features pigments on wood, gold paint, hair and leather and was the gift of Mrs Summons in 1973. Complex stories of myth, history, magic, everyday life, pathos, bravery and humour, which resonate across time and space are set to captivate all new audiences.
Highlights include a Buddhist narrative scroll depicting the Vessantara Jataka (Pha yao Phra Wet) from Thailand. Over 30 metres long, it is one of only two in Australia and will be displayed in its entirety for the first time and comes from the Khon Kaen Province in Thailand, a watercolour and ink on cotton purchased by the NGV supporters of Asian art, 2013.
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Gods, Heroes and Clowns will be accompanied by an online essay and series of public programs, including special shadow puppet workshops for children under four on 20 May and 10 June. They are sure to love the Gatotkaca, a wayang golek purwa puppet (early 20th – mid 20th century) made of painted and gilt wood, cotton, bamboo, metallic thread, cotton thread and string purchased in 1973. Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art will be at the NGV International, on display in the Rio Tinto Gallery of Asian Art 1 May to 30 August 2015. Open 10am-5pm, closed Tuesdays. Entry is FREE
The art of movie making attains a pinnacle of achievement in Clouds of Sils Maria, written & directed by Olivier Assayes with Juliette Binoche & Kristen Stewart
On display at the NGV International May 1 - August 30 2015 is the exhibition Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art
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