SILS MARIA / CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

SYNOPSIS
Olivier Assayas’s magnificent Clouds of Sils Maria explores the unstable
boundaries between performing and being. Juliette Binoche plays Maria
Enders, an internationally renowned star; Kristen Stewart, as Valentine,
is Maria’s personal assistant. Maria, who’s “sick of acting on wires in front
of green screens,” is considering whether to star in a revival of the stage
drama that launched her career twenty years ago, in which she played a
cunning ingénue who seduces, abandons, and then drives to suicide her
older boss. In the remounting, Maria is to portray the spurned middleaged
lover; the part she originally inhabited is offered to Jo-Ann Ellis
(Chloë Grace Moretz), a rising phenomenon with a Lindsay Lohan–like
penchant for scandal and self-destruction. Though Valentine’s position
requires constant deference to her employer, the aide doesn’t hesitate to
challenge her boss. In one crucial scene, she offers a passionate defense
of blockbusters, the well-reasoned words emerging from the mouth of
the young woman who, in real life, starred in one of the biggest movie
franchises of all time. Throughout Clouds of Sils Maria, the ingeniously
cast performers refract and reflect their own off-screen personae,
creating a hall-of-mirrors experience that is never less than exhilarating.
“Daring. Exhilarating. Precious and rare. A multi-layered, femme-driven metafiction
that pushes all involved—including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and

Chloë Grace Moretz—to new heights…. Rich and tantalizingly open ended.”
—Peter Debruge, Variety

DIRECTOR
Olivier Assayas

SCREENPLAY
Olivier Assayas

CAST
Juliette Binoche
Chloë Grace Moretz
Kristen Stewart

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE English
RUNNING TIME 106’
PRODUCTION France, Germany, Switzerland, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films / Sundance Selects