The unstoppable duo Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos in Cannes for Kinds of Kindness

The unstoppable duo Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos in Cannes for Kinds of Kindness
The unstoppable duo Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos in Cannes for Kinds of Kindness

Barely two months after experiencing Oscar madness for their film Poor creaturesactress and producer Emma Stone and director Yorgos Lanthimos return to the spotlight, this time at the Cannes Film Festival, with Kinds of Kindnesstheir fourth collaboration together.

Minutes before sitting down for an interview at Cannes, a press release was issued announcing that Lanthimos and Stone would soon begin shooting a fourth feature film together – and fifth film, if you count the short Bleat -, titled Bugonia.

She is a 35 year old star from Arizona. He is a 50-year-old filmmaker from Athens. At first glance, nothing particularly seems to unite them. And yet Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos quickly formed one of the strongest director-actor partnerships in cinema today, one based on a shared sense of absurdity and a willingness to go all-in on some very strange themes.

For Emma Stone, the connection she feels with Yorgos Lanthimos is not so different from the one she has with Nathan Fielder, the dark, deadpan actor in The Curse.

: they’re both geniuses”,”text”:”I don’t say this lightly, although I know it’s easy to use that word casually: they’re both geniuses”} }”>I don’t say this lightly, although I know it’s easy to use the word casually: they’re both geniusessays Emma Stone.

: why is this social structure like this? Why do we have these rules? How are we supposed to function within them?”,”text”:”They are. I think it’s just an innate thing. It can’t really be taught or described. It’s just a way of seeing society and people. In fact, you are both drawn to the following themes: why is this social structure like this? Why do we have these rules? How are we supposed to function within them?”}}”>They are. I think it’s just an innate thing. It can’t really be taught or described. It’s just a way of seeing society and people. In fact, you are both drawn to the following themes: why is this social structure like this? Why do we have these rules? How are we supposed to function within them?

The Greek director has accustomed us to extravagances, whether through the aggressive farce that is The favorite or by the childish excesses of Bella Baxter, a physically adult woman, in Poor creatureswhich won four Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Emma Stone.

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Dyears Kinds of Kindnessa triptych of extreme tales of controlling relationships, Yorgos Lanthimos, in collaboration with screenwriter Efthimis Filippou, continues his idiosyncratic examinations of social conformity.

I was inspired by reading “Caligula” by Camussays Lanthimos.

I thought about the control a man can have over the lives of others. Then I thought it would be interesting to explore on a more personal level what it would be like to have someone completely control your life, even down to the smallest details.

A quote from Yorgos Lanthimos, director

Kinds of Kindnessthat Searchlight Pictures will be released in theaters on June 21, was the opportunity for Stone (besides Bleat) to work with Lanthimos in the style of his previous films made in collaboration with Filippou, such as The Lobster And The killing of the sacred deer.

It was an opportunity to finally be in this version of Yorgos’ mindsays Emma Stone. Before meeting him, obviously, they were the only ones I had seen.

The two had discussed the making of Kinds of Kindness Before Poor creaturesbut shot it following their Oscar-winning film, during its post-production process, which was particularly difficult due to the film’s large amount of special effects.

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Emma Stone plays Bella Baxter in the film “Poor Creatures” by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Photo: Poor Things Facebook page

: “I don’t know what’s going to happen on Poor creatures?””,”text”:”Remember we did this as quickly as possible because we were like, “I don’t know what’s going to happen on Poor Creatures?””}}”>Do you remember we did this as quickly as possible because we were like, “I don’t know what’s going to happen on Poor creatures?” Emma Stone reminds the director.

Poor creatures]. How was it? Have you watched the rushes? What do you think?”,”text”:”Every day after work we talked about it [de Pauvres créatures]. How was it? Have you watched the rushes? What do you think?”}}”>Every day after work we talked about it [de Pauvres créatures]. How was it? Have you watched the rushes? What do you think? explains Emma Stone. : “It’s a disaster”. Each day. And I said: “OK, that’s what I thought.””,”text”:”And he said, “It’s a disaster”. Every day. And I said, “OK, it’s what I thought.””}}”>And he said, “It’s a disaster.” Each day. And I said, ‘OK, that’s what I thought.’

Kinds of Kindness“,”text”:”Alternatively, Kinds of Kindness”}}”>Alternately, Kinds of Kindnesssaid Stone, was free and happy. Everyone will love this.

Redefine the mainstream“,”text”:”mainstream”}}”>mainstream

Kinds of Kindness is a three-hour film that uses largely the same cast of actors in all three stories. Among them: Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe and Margaret Qualley.

All three parts take the stories of work-life balance, marital suspicion, and sexual abuse to serious and surreal levels.

For Stone, Kinds of Kindness continues a series of boldly unconventional projects, including The Cursebut also I saw the TV glow by Jane Schoenbrun. Because Stone can now, by his very presence in a project, give the green light to almost anything.

The common denominator of the things I’ve been involved with is that they’re things I want to watch. This is the only gauge I have. If it’s not something that would make me say, “I have to go see this the day it comes out,” then it’s probably not a good fit for me.

A quote from Emma Stone, actress and producer

But she and Yorgos Lanthimos could well move the bar of what is now mainstream”,”text”:”mainstream”}}”>mainstream (General public).

Poor Creatures as the conventional film we made”,”text”:”It’s so funny to hear people talk about Poor Creatures as the conventional film we made”}}”>It’s so funny to hear people talk about Poor creatures like the conventional film we madesaid Lanthimos, smiling. : “No, wait, it’s great that people consider Poor creatures like a normal thing.” We couldn’t realize it for 12ans.”,”text”:”I’m a little upset but then I’m like, “No, wait, it’s great that people consider the Poor Creatures a normal thing.” We couldn’t carry it out for 12 years.”}}”>I’m a little upset but then I’m like, “No, wait, it’s great that people are considering Poor creatures like a normal thing.” We couldn’t make it happen for 12 years.

Yet at this point, the collaboration between Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos is so constant that the projects can bleed into each other. Take Stone’s already viral dance in Kinds of Kindness, a moment highlighted in the film’s trailers. Initially, it was just something Stone did between scenes in Poor creatures.

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She put on a song and danced like crazysays Lanthimos. : “I want you to do this in Kinds of Kindness“.”,”text”:”I was like, “I want you to do that in Kinds of Kindness”.”}}”>I was like, “I want you to do this in Kinds of Kindness“.

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