TELEGRAPH – Olga Kurylenko, the actress and former Bond girl, recalls the beauty of the Atacama Desert and reveals why she would never go travelling alone.
How often do you travel?
All the time. I’m constantly packing and unpacking my suitcase. I’ve been travelling a lot for work between London, where I’m based, and Paris, Prague and other places in Europe. The last big trip I did was to Australia to shoot a film with Russell Crowe called The Water Diviner and I really enjoyed it there. I’ve been before, but this time I was there for an extended period shooting in Sydney. It’s a beautiful city with great restaurants, amazing theatres and amazing animals and birds at the Sydney Zoo. I enjoyed walking everywhere, exploring the parks and was really impressed with the city.
What do you need for a perfect holiday?
To have people around me, loved ones – be they family or friends. If you’re in good company, even if you have nothing much to explore, you can still have a great time talking to each other and discovering more about yourself. I also need a bit of nature – beautiful lakes, scenery and landscapes – plus good weather and architecture. Good food is also very important.
Most memorable filming location?
The most fascinating place I’ve been for a film was the Atacama Desert in Chile where Quantum of Solace [see the trailer below] was shot. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was such a beautiful location.
I’ve updated the gallery with a batch of high-resolution stills of Olga as Alice Fournier in the upcoming The November Man, in which she stars alongside Pierce Brosnan. Enjoy!
Film Productions > The November Man (2014) > Stills
I’ve updated the gallery with Blu-ray quality screen captures of Olga’s mesmerizing performance as Marina in Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder. Though she doesn’t have much to say in terms of character to character dialogue (nobody does) – the strength of Olga’s performance comes from the silence, and how Marina expresses her changing emotions towards husband Neil (Ben Affleck). My other favorite aspect of this film was the cinematography, lots of closeups of Olga and the contrasting landscapes of Paris and Oklahoma.
Film Productions > To the Wonder (2013) > Blu-ray Screen Captures
DEADLINE – Quantum of Solace Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is set to star in her own action pic for director Marc Forby (Princess Kaiulani). She’ll lead the cast of indie thriller Little Mizz Innocent, about a seemingly innocent UN interpreter caught in a power struggle between the FBI and a criminal dynasty. Filming is set for this summer in Toronto, the U.K., and China. It’s the first major feature for Goldove Entertainment, a film and music shingle founded by former banking pros Hudson and Lynda McKoy, who will produce the film alongside son Gino, who wrote the script. Kurylenko’s recent credits include Oblivion, To The Wonder, Vampire Academy, and Russell Crowe’s upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner. She’s repped by Tavistock Wood and CAA.
VARIETY – The Weinstein Co. is in talks to acquire U.S. rights to Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, “The Water Diviner,” following a May 15 promotional presentation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Crowe screened 12 minutes of footage at the event at the Majestic Hotel. WME Global is selling the U.S. rights to the film at Cannes; David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment has been selling international territories.
Producers are Andrew Mason and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Features, and Keith Rodger for Crowe’s own Fear of God Films. RatPac Entertainment made one of its first moves into independent film by coming onboard with production funding; RatPac founders James Packer and Brett Ratner are exec producers.
Crowe portrays an Australian farmer who — four years after Turkey’s Battle of Gallipoli during World War I — travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action. Olga Kurylenko plays the Turkish woman who owns the hotel in which he stays.
Crowe began working on the project in 2011 and made three trips to Turkey to scout locations and meet with Kurylenko to persuade her to take the part.
“The Water Diviner” has a Dec. 26 Australia release date, with other regions scheduled near the same window. The film had a 53-day shoot in Australia, Turkey and Laos.
Our gallery has been updated with some lovely new photos of Olga looking radiant at the presentation of The Water Diviner at Cannes.
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2014 > 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival – ‘The Water Diviner’ Presentation