One of the highlights of cinema’s glorious return to la Croisette this year was Tom McCarthy’s Stillwater. Released in the UK on the 6th of August, the film chronicles the journey of a stranger in a strange land, with Matt Damon’s American roughneck attempting to clear his daughter’s name. Along with Damon the film stars Abigail Brelsin, Camille Cottin, Ginifer Ree, Deanne Dunagan, Robert Peters, and Lilou Siauvaud.
Today we present interviews with Damon, Breslin, McCarthy and Cottin from Cannes, as they tell us why they were drawn to the story and how the cultural differences often makes for good drama. Lianne Peet conducts the interviews.
Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film follows Bill (Matt Damon), an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter.