Cannes 2013: 'The Immigrant' Footage Showcases Firecracker Turns From Phoenix & Cotillard
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A definite highlight of tonight’s Weinstein 2013 slate preview at Cannes, which we ran through in large part here, was a film that has been one of our most anticipated of this whole festival -- James Gray’s “The Immigrant.” With Gray uncharacteristically confident about the film in its unfinished form every time we’ve spoken to him, calling it “the best thing I’ve ever done,” our expectations are high. However one tiny niggling concern this writer has experienced has been about the lack of promotional material around Jeremy Renner, who plays the pivotal role of the magician who, as far as the synopsis tells us, seeks to rescue Cotillard’s Ewa from the clutches of the wicked Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix). Frankly, we’d bet the farm on Cotillard and Phoenix delivering phenomenal performances -- indeed Phoenix already has, three times over, for Gray. Renner however is somewhat more the unknown quantity (he actually features in the brief clip premiered this morning, so Jess can put her fears to rest - ed.), so we were happy to hear Weinstein cue up the showreel by telling us it would be a scene with Cotillard and Renner we’d see.