Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet attended the New York premiere of Focus World’s “A Little Chaos,” on June 17, 2015.
The special screening was held at MoMA and Derek Blasberg, Christian Campbell, America Olivo, Julia Garner, Pat Kiernan, Irina Pantaeva, Diane Sawyer, Chuck Scarborough, Christian Slater, Gay Talese and Kathleen Turner were in attendance. The film is a romantic drama following Sabine (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet), a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).
It’s the end of a long journey for this film really and I think I’ve learned more about it as time has gone on then when we were shooting it and I guess that’s the point in the end of a film. A film becomes itself in the editing room. As well as when you’re fighting the weather, or the budget, or the time pressures. It has certainly become itself over time since we said, “ok, it’s done”. We do hopefully take you to 17th century France, but I also hope that fairly quickly you start to just accept that. A wonderful thing that film can do, I discovered, is to take fantasy and reality and put them together so that you, in this case, maybe look at history through a slightly different prism, if you like. Some of it is true, some of it isn’t. At its absolute heart, for me anyway, is a love story between a man and a woman and the negotiation that they have to make in order to come together. In order to get there, the other thing you kind of know as an actor, but you certainly know it as a director, is that you are surrounded by phenomenal support. Almost to a fault I would have to say. I had to beg the first assistant to tell me if I was about to make a really stupid mistake on the set and that’s a very hard thing for them to do. But, there is some of that support team, is here tonight, and I’d just like you to say hello to them. Incredible producer, right by my side all the time, Gail Egan.
We don’t want this to turn into a lovey-fest but I will say one thing. Alan’s commitment to this film and his support of it since we’ve finished shooting has really been actually legendary. It was a long, long journey just shooting it, but we were both attached to it, as they say in the biz for quite a long time, but Alan even longer than myself, but I know that if Alison Deegan, our screenwriter was here, she would just, smother you with kisses, so I feel obligated to do that on her behalf. But thank you all so much for being here, we really do love the film and it’s very important to us, so, we just hope that you enjoy it, too.
A fun party followed at Monkey Bar. The film hits theaters and On Demand June 26.
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