M.   /   November 13, 2008   /   29 Comments

Get to know Miss G’s bedroom, her swimming class, her students Di Radfield, Poppy and Fiamma (played by María Valverde), the one she’ll fall for.

Thanks to Sandrine for the heads-up and Tango_down for the scans! 😀

Translation by Tango_down:

* Trouble at young girls’ boarding school

Visit on the set, in Dublin, of Jordan Scott’s first movie, Ridley’s daughter. She directs Eva Green in Cracks, the feverish and sensual story of an English teacher in the 40’s who’s going to live a love passion for one of her students.

After several days of greyness, the sun reappears on the green lands of Ireland. It’s here, in this summer’s beginning, near Dublin, in a vast residence overhanging a magnificent park, that Jordan Scott has put her cameras for the last week of Cracks’ shooting. After two short films, Ridley’s daughter moves on to full-length. Her plot takes place in 1934 in an austere young girls’ boarding school of England where Miss G, teacher, is idolized by her students she makes dream by telling her exotic travels and her passionate affairs. Until the day when a young Italian arrives. Miss G falls under the spell of the young girl, to the others students’ great displeasure. It will cause a series of tragedies which will change forever the protagonists.

It’s a friend who made Jordan Scott read this feverish and sensual story written by Ben Court and Caroline Hip, the authors of The Hole, with Keira Knightley.”I’ve never read a script with such comparisons with what I’ve lived, explains the neo-director. Not to mention the richness of this plot which goes from innocence to darkness.” Of course, she needed an actress able to sublimate the action’s progress in this teacher character who inspires her students before dragging them, in spite of herself, to darker thoughts.

* A nice actresses quartet

This actress is named Eva Green. The French knows well the Scott’s family for the reason to have already played directed by Ridley Scott’s in Kingdom of Heaven. She decided to immerse in the Cracks’ adventure… but not immediately : “Jordan wrote me a letter she enclosed with the script, tells Eva between two takes. But this very strict boarding school’s atmosphere was very distant from my culture. Then, after reading it again, I’ve been seduced, especially by the character of Miss G who lives in a world she creates herself, made with travels and fictional adventures. She’s more fanciful than mythomaniac. » Eva Green likes challenges. A few months after having played a double role in Franklyn, she subjects herself to an impressive work to get the characteristic diction of the 30’s.

Faced with her, Jordan Scott has chosen a young girls’ trio who should win the praises at the movie’s release. Jordan Scott wanted them to stay away from Eva off set to maintain the tension essential to the movie. Starting with Maria Valverde in the role of this young Italian who causes trouble. Born in Spain in 1987, seen this year in “El Rey de la Montaña”(“King of the Hill”), she was revealed in 2006 in Melissa P. where she played with talent a young Sicilian full of sexual initiation. At her side, the two boarding school’s main students are played by Juno Temple discovered in Atonement (2007) and who will play Diane Kruger as a teen in Mr Nobody, directed by Jaco Van Dormael, and by Imogen Poots seen in “28 weeks after”. On the set, the scenes, though high in sequence shots, follows on with speed and harmony. Jordan Scott is in her element with her actresses.”In my first short film, I was intimidated by directing a team. But now it’s over ! Now, it’s most of all my capacity to put up with this tight shooting (seven very full weeks) who worried me.” Eva, feared that the narrative changes radically to an ordinary lesbian story. “But Jordan perfectly arranged it into a love accident which could completely happen with a boy. Everything goes by fascination.” Co-produced by Ridley Scott and Alain Goldman (La Môme), Cracks will release in 2009. Until then, the director puts the finishing touches to her editing she began at the same time during the shooting. And even in the irish greyness, Jordan Scott succeeded in holding on.

29 Responses to ““Cracks” Article in the November issue of Studio”
  1. George Says:

    Awesome!!! Thank you so much Sandrine and of course the …one and only TANGO_DOWN!!!

    PS I am getting all the more anxious for this film…

  2. Ali Says:

    🙂

  3. Tango_down Says:

    Mariana : Comme tu manies avec aisance à la fois la langue de Molière et de Shakespeare, j’aurai une question à te poser. Lorsque j’ai fait ma traduction je me suis interrogé sur le terme “résonance”, existe-t-il le même sens figuré en anglais qu’en français, je veux dire par là “faire écho par rapport à un vécu, une pensée, etc…” comme l’exprime Jordan Scott dans l’article. On m’a dit qu’en anglais le terme ne faisait référence qu’au son, mais bon en même temps ils étaient pas vraiment sûr car aucun n’a une vrai culture anglophone. Bon du coup, comme tu vois j’ai utilisé le terme “comparison”, ça me paraissait correct dans le contexte.

  4. EvaAnne Says:

    I thinks George says it excellently! 😉

  5. George Says:

    … just to clarify for those that want to have an appetizer that the movie is based on Sheila Kohler’s novel “Cracks”

  6. Liz Says:

    Oh I cant wait for it!!!
    The story is so wonderful!!
    I thought it was based on the novel “Cracks” by Sheila Kohler which tells exactly this story except from location differences.
    It sounds a bit confusing when it says that it is written by Ben Court and Caroline Hip but they must be the script writer.
    Tell me if I am wrong!

    I think this role is brilliant for Eva to show even more of her acting abilities!

  7. Tango_down Says:

    George : I thought the same thing, why did they not named Sheila Kohler as the original author, she must feel angry. I think the book has been adapted by the two authors mentionned, who certainly are script writers as Liz said (the great Kingdom of Heaven’s making-off DVD learned me some basic knowledge on a movie’s construction). So it probably means that the movie’s script wont be totally faithful to the book. For my part, I think it’s a good thing to not content themselves with making a identical story, but rather some adjustments to obtain a better result on screen.
    On the other hand, thanks to this article I have a better view on the young girls casting, because the names I heard before didn’t tell me anything. I like the choice of Maria Valverde as Fiamma, the most important of the young characters.

    Liz : Here is my opinion on Sheila Kohler’s book I wrote to George, I’ve just recovered it, I put it expecting to have some exchanges on the story with all of you :

    /!\ Spoilers /!\

    For my part, I’ve appreciated the story, but I have many criticizes to say against Sheila Kohler style and way of narration.
    First of all, I don’t understand at all why does she use the 1st person (single and plurial) while she talks about herself or the character she plays in the story (Sheila Kohler) at the 3rd person. If there are personal and biographic elements in this story, and I’m sure there are because the narrator often talks about Sheila to deliver more precised details, which seem to come from memories, she should tell the story with her own point of view. But she chose a 1st person narrative way without any detailled informations about the narrator, who uses the 1st plurial person “we”, which means that the narrator is one of the swimmer of the school team, but which one if all are mentionned in the story at the 3rd person… I thought that at the end, we’ll discover who is telling the story, but nothing… That is a very clumsy and confused thing from the author, that I didn’t appreciate at all, it was very embarassing, especially when the narrator talks about Sheila Kohler knowing each time that it’s not without innocence.
    Descriptions are not provided a lot, and very repetitive, always insisting on the heat, infect smells, dust, etc
    There a lot of mysteries, enigmas, shade zones, which were all interesting but were leading finally nowhere… What about the reason why Mrs Nieven, the school director, invite all the swimmers after a very long time ? What was the real relationship between Miss G and Fiamma ? (the only hypotheses come from young girls thoughts who’re always kinding about sex but don’t know what feelings are hidden behind) What about all the mystery around the character of Fiamma ?
    Fiamma’s death seems also very surrealist to me, I can’t imagine a group of young girls killing someone and then continue their life as if nothing happened, hide the secret all their life, with conscience in peace . Is their hard childhood at school, obeing as sheeps to a teacher they admire, the reason of their madness and their irresponsibility ?
    The lack of clarity in this story makes it become surrealist to me…
    I don’t know if the error comes from the translation, probably not, but that’s not one of the best books I’ve ever read, the story is great but the narration isn’t up to it.

  8. Riikka Says:

    Wow, wow, wow! The stills are absolutely stunning! This is definitely one of my most awaited movies atm.

  9. Lola Says:

    I know it’s not the most important thing in the world, but you can put Eva forward for the list of nominess in Askmen’s list of Top 99 Women of 2009, but sending an e-mail here: editorial@askmen.com
    There are a couple of other, much less well known French actresses (and much less talented ones in general) on the list, so I didn’t see why she shouldn’t be up there alongside the likes of Angelina, Keira and Naomi (Watts) etc.
    If Eva doesn’t qualify as a Top Woman of 2009, I don’t know what does! 😉

  10. George Says:

    Lola, I saw two Evas on the list (Longoria and Mendes), but not the right one! You think they are meaningful these kind of contests? Or, put it in another way, we must be proud that Eva is not this kind of star. I don’t think she personally gives a dime for being in the list…

  11. Lola Says:

    Andress Tops Bond Girl Poll
    15 November 2008 7:23 AM, PST (IMDb news)

    Original Bond girl Ursula Andress has beat out competition from Halle Berry and Kim Basinger to be named 007s sexiest siren, according to a new online poll.

    The Swiss actress entranced audiences as Honey Ryder in James Bond’s 1962 debut, Dr. No, opposite Sean Connery.

    She also played Vesper Lynd in 1967 Bond spoof Casino Royale, a role later taken on by Eva Green in the 2006 spy movie.

    The superspy franchise, which boasts 22 completed films, has seen close to 100 fiesty females take on the coveted part.

    Sexy star Halle Berry tailed the actress in the second spot, after she played Jinx in 2002’s Die Another Day opposite Pierce Brosnan.

    Basinger got the third spot for her role as Domino Petachi in 1983’s Never Say Never Again, in the Moviefone.com survey.

    The complete Top Ten is as follows:

    1: Ursula Andress

    2: Halle Berry

    3: Kim Basinger

    4: Barbara Bach

    5: Denise Richards

    6: Eva Green

    7: Isabella Scorupco

    8: Jane Seymour

    9: Britt Ekland

    10: Jill St. John

    11: Famke Janssen

    12: Carole Bouquet

    13: Maud Adams

    14: Barbara Carrera

    15: Honor Blackman

    16: Michelle Yeoh

  12. irina Says:

    i cant find book=((((
    maybe somebody knows,where i can dowload?))

  13. Monique Says:

    Whew, I’m back, finally!!!

    Irina: I can’t find the book, either…

    Excellent peek into the film…

    Thanks, thanks, and ever thanks, Mariana, Sandrine, and of course, Tango_down!!!

  14. Tango_down Says:

    Irina & Monique : try amazon.com ?

    http://www.amazon.com/Cracks-Sheila-Kohler/dp/1590512057/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226821357&sr=8-1

  15. Liz Says:

    Thank you!! I am sorry I forgot last time I posted!!
    I got a link to Sheila Kohler’s book Cracks. I ordered it there and it worked well!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Cracks-Sheila-Kohler/dp/1590512057/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211694851&sr=1-1

    Hope you enjoy it!!

  16. Lily Says:

    Oh my gosh…The new layout looks so pretty and chic! I love it!!!!!

    The best Eva site, definatelly.

    xxxo
    😉

  17. Tango_down Says:

    Liz : You don’t need to order through the .com amazon, there’s the german amazon.de, shipments will be faster for you.
    I sometimes order some CDs on amazon.de that I can’t find on the .fr one, it takes only a few days to arrive.

  18. irina Says:

    thanx Liz

  19. Liz Says:

    Thank you, Tnago_down for your kind advice. I will remember it next time I order;)
    But sometimes they don’t have the English version of a book that is of English origin.
    You don’t have to buy shipping fees for books of any price, do you?

  20. Tango_down Says:

    Liz : Yes on amazon.fr (in France) all shipments are free for books. For the others goods, you have to order more than 20 € to get it. I think it’s the same policy for all countries.
    Did you have to pay shipment’s costs on amazon.com when you ordered Cracks ? I’m not sure but I think amazon.com is for USA and Canada, maybe someone will confirm it.
    Amazon is my favorite website to buy cultural goods online. I join people who say that we must protect the amazonian wood lol.

  21. Amy Says:

    eva was amazing on the set of cracks i was an extra and cannot wait to see how the film turned out!!

  22. Liz Says:

    Amy: Me nor either!!
    where did you see the extra, though??

  23. George Says:

    Liz: Amy did something more than watching: she was participating in some scenes. Right lucky Amy? Amy: If it’s not too confidential tell us in which scenes you were playing in order to be prepared to recognize you when the film will be released 🙂 Did you have the chance to talk to Eva? How was Jordan as a director?

  24. Liz Says:

    George: I can’t believe it!!!!! That’s amazing!! Oh, lucky Amy.
    Why didn’t they tell us earlier that they were looking for some people extra?=)
    Amy: As George asked, would you tell us anything about your experience if you’re allowed to and willing to do so, please?

    If I got that right: Jordan Scott wanted the girls to keep a certain distance to Eva on the set for psychological reasons that would be mirrored in the movie…
    But I hope for you, Amy, that you could take a glimpse of what Eva is like on set as well as in “real” life.

  25. spot Says:

    Liz: perhaps Jordan did that to have Eva internalize the character more. i believe Eva is a method actor 😉

  26. Liz Says:

    spot: that’s possible…
    Another reason may be that the girls feel even more fascinated by Miss G in the movie when they have the chance to increase their fascination about Eva in reality although she seems not very far away as far as local terms are concerned.

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