Mia attended the Cinema Society Screening of A Cure For Wellness at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema in New York City last night (February 13) followed by an after party hosted by 20th Century Fox and Prada. We have added x61 photos from the event…
Stephen Fingleton was named in the outstanding debut category of the British Academy Film Awards for The Survivalist. It was shot entirely in Northern Ireland and is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world where resources have run out.
The feature received critical acclaim following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It will be released in cinemas and on-demand on February 12. Mr Fingleton tweeted: “Very happy that The Survivalist has been nominated for a Bafta for best debut.”
Nominations for this year’s Bafta film awards were announced on Friday morning by Stephen Fry. Richard Williams, chief executive of development body Northern Ireland Screen, said: “We are immensely proud of Stephen Fingleton and offer our huge congratulations to him and all the talented crew that made The Survivalist.
“A Bafta nomination, a Bifa (British Independent Film Awards) win and incredible critical acclaim are amazing endorsements for a new writer/director.
“The Survivalist is a wonderful film and we are delighted to have been able to support it from its early script development stage.”
The Bafta nomination follows the British Independent Film Awards where Fingleton was named best debut director. The Survivalist was developed with the support of the British Film Institute Film Fund and Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus Scheme. It boasts what Northern Ireland Screen hailed as stellar performances from Martin McCann (’71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness) and Olwen Fouere (This Must Be The Place).
The Bafta ceremony will take place on Sunday February 14 at the Royal Opera Housein London’s Covent Garden.
Mia Goth, not quite a star yet, is already primed to be notorious. She’s the actress who has pissed on a French icon. The inscrutable model who has angered media watchdogs by simply looking like herself. The partner (in crime) of Hollywood apostate Shia LaBeouf. The upstart instigator gone apocalyptic straight out the gate. And yet, through unrelenting roles in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac to Stephen Fingleton’s forthcoming The Survivalist and a strangely controversial Miu Miu campaign, there’s a thrilling sense that Goth is only just getting warmed up.
“I just love roles that scare me,” the 21-year-old says. “Roles that are far away from me – the further away the better! You have to take that step and morph yourself into someone else.” On the phone from Berlin one morning, Goth sounds lovely – a chirpy conversationalist with a crisp, expressive British accent that feels ten shades lighter than the difficult characters she embodies.
In apocalyptic thriller The Survivalist, Goth plays Milja, the teenage daughter of a beleaguered, ageing mother (Olwen Fouéré) desperate for refuge with a hermit character (Martin McCann), the titular survivalist. In a Darwinian exchange of sex for shelter, and young blood devouring old, Goth becomes the survivalist’s sole sanctuary and source of hope. Goth threw herself into the role with grim intensity, pushing herself to physical extremes. “I lived on a very strict diet because food wasn’t in abundance,” she explains. “My body had to reflect that. I had a boiled egg in the morning, some nuts later on and I would just walk. Every day I would just pack my bag and start walking through the beaches and the forest. I didn’t wash my body, hair, clothes or anything for the entirety of the shoot.”
“I was a little surprised by that reaction. Never did I feel exploited or undermined in any way,” says Goth, who also appears in the brand’s more whimsical, less controversial AW15 campaign, Subjective Reality. “While we were shooting, I felt very empowered and that we were all on the same level, just trying to create beautiful images.”
It’s a theme that Goth revisits often in conversation: the idea that she’s searching for kindred spirits and stories to tell. “Oscar Wilde said, ‘Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.’” she says. “All I’m trying to do with my craft is look for great masks.” Her first film role came courtesy of divisive Danish director Lars von Trier, known for his unflinching nihilism. He cast her as P, the damaged teen protégé of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sexually caustic character, Joe, in Nymphomaniac: Vol II, which culminates in Goth urinating on Gainsbourg in an act of contempt. Stories of Goth’s audition with Von Trier have made their rounds, and deservedly so: he told her to imagine her cat had died, then read her lines. Naked. She did so, not missing a beat. “By the end of it, my cat really had died. In my head it was no longer about a cat, it was about a family member, and I really felt it. I felt drained.” She’d given it her all – and she got the part.
Opposite Gainsbourg and onscreen (and soon-to-be real-life) lover Shia LaBeouf, Goth played P with the sad, empty eyes of a Mark Ryden ghost. Her screen-time was brief, but the impression she left was indelible. “I saw a very broken soul,” she says. “I saw a good girl at heart that wants what any other 14-year-old girl would want: friends, family and a nice home to go home to, but she didn’t have that and as a result she had to toughen up.” As with most Von Trier fare, there’s little redemption to be had.
LaBeouf’s more recent immersion in challenging cinema coincides with his ongoing, sometimes polarising social experiments inspired by metamodernism. At the time of our chat, his existential/motivational ‘JUST DO IT’ video had already been appropriated for sports games. Goth is coy on the details of their relationship, but given her own interest in psychology and perseverance, it’s not hard to imagine the attraction. Despite their subversive rep, they are often snapped together in charmingly banal situations: horsing around at the mall, getting groceries, nursing iced coffees – utterly indifferent to how paparazzi games work. Instead of a shy smile, Goth often scrunches up her face quizzically at the cameras, triggering online banter about her resemblance to the curmudgeonly feline phenomenon, Grumpy Cat. For two young provocateurs, they seem a lot like a pair of goofy kids just having a good time.
Nymphomaniac was a watershed moment for Goth, not only for the boon it provided in her career, but also in terms of her dedication to her craft. She worked seriously on her acting technique, calling Gainsbourg her “teacher”. “Lars, Charlotte and I would do readings and I would be amazed at how little she would have to give to convey so much,” Goth reflects. “Just watching her, she’s like a magician. A magician pulls a rabbit from a hat and actors pull truth from fiction. Less is more, that’s what stuck with me, and probably will for the rest of my life.”
Goth could very easily have opted for a softer career route. Discovered by photographer Gemma Booth at age 13 while attending Underage Festival in London’s Victoria Park, she showed promise as a young model. “I loved her look immediately,” says Booth. “I could see what a natural she was: uninhibited, cool, funny. And she knew what to do in front of a camera.” Not only that, she knew what to do behind the scenes. When Booth invited her to assist on shoots for work experience, Goth characteristically threw herself into the role. “I was doing a shoot with an alpaca and she ran across a field to catch it when it ran away!” Two years after spotting her, Booth brought Goth to the famed Storm Models, where she was immediately signed.
Fashion was a fun ride, but acting was her destination. With half-Brazilian, half-Canadian roots, Goth enjoyed an intercontinental youth. (Her middle name is Gypsy, illustriously.) Her family, who were “on cloud nine” when she landed the part in Nymphomaniac, have roots in theatre. Her grandmother, Maria Gladys, is an eclectic TV, film and stage actress in Brazil, still working today at 75. “For the first five years of my life, I lived in Rio, and she would take me to her film sets,” says Goth. “It was the first time I was exposed to that world. That was when I knew that was all I wanted to do. I was drawn to how much of a family that world felt like.”
She credits her grandmother with instilling the notion of having “confidence in everything you do”, a trait that’s reflected in Goth’s habit of pausing thoughtfully when asked a question, before responding with a composed ease that feels totally instinctive. “Fear for an actor is poisonous,” she says. “Mind you, I think I’m quite pessimistic about my work. I don’t think optimism is always the best quality for an actor, in the same way you wouldn’t want a super-optimist to be a traffic controller – you want a guy that’s really worried about every plane in the sky! When I go to work, I’m looking for plane crashes. It’s that lack of comfort that keeps me focused.”
This autumn, Goth’s doomy streak continues as she stars alongside Josh Brolin, Robin Wright and Keira Knightley in Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, a 3D thriller about the 1996 mountaineering disaster. She plays Meg, the daughter of one of the climbers in mortal danger. But right now, she’s consumed by her work in Berlin on Gore Verbinski’s new horror film, A Cure for Wellness, alongside American actor Dane DeHaan, who has quickly gained accolades of his own for playing iconoclasts (James Dean in Life and Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings). “Mia has an innocence about her that is striking,” says DeHaan. “She is ready and willing to explore a moment. These are rare qualities for anybody in our business, but necessary qualities for anyone who wants to be great.”
Goth’s yearning for new experiences comes off almost selflessly. Though she’s busy filming, she’s dying to properly see Berlin this summer. She compares her recent German explorations to the iconography she remembers from her school lessons. “I always wanted to visit Berlin,” she says. “I’m a bit of a Cold War geek, so to finally come here is quite special – to be able to put a face to the story.”
Don’t expect to find any slices of life from Goth’s German adventures online, though. She is nowhere to be found on social media. “I’m a bit of a grandma, I don’t really understand the Twitter and the Instagram,” she laughs. “I think it’s much better to live it. I love people, I love behaviour, that’s what fascinates me. I love the real-time, minute-to-minute of a person – you don’t really get that on social media.”
Instead, Goth prefers to let the work do the talking when it comes to revealing her true nature. “The better you know yourself, the better you are at your craft,” she says. “My only goal is to be the best actress I can be. You have to give it everything. All I have as an actress is the revelation of my soul.”
Source: Dazed Digital
Shia LaBeouf was spotted back in LA following his arrest for public intoxication in Texas last week, walking hand-in-hand with actress Mia Goth.
The pair, who were believed to have got engaged in March, haven’t been seen in public with each other for more than two months, sparking split rumours.
But on Tuesday Mia, 22, was still wearing the large diamond ring she began wearing on her left hand finger in the spring as she and the actor, 29, went for a stroll in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood.
In July, during a visit to the German set of Goth’s movie A Cure For Wellness, the pair got into a nasty fight, caught on camera, which escalated to the point where LaBeouf told bystanders he ‘would have killed’ his girlfriend had they not intervened.
In August, the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star was photographed hanging out a lot with actress Sasha Lane, his American Honey co-star, prompting speculation the two were dating.
MIA GOTH IN LONDON, JUNE 2015. STYLING: ANDERS SØLVSTEN THOMSEN. DRESS: MOLLY GODDARD. HAIR: TEIJI UTSUMI FOR D+V MANAGEMENT. MAKEUP: POLLY OSMOND FOR PREMIER HAIR AND MAKEUP. RETOUCHING: IMPACT DIGITAL.
Take one role in a racy Lars von Trier film (Nymphomaniac), one recently banned ad campaign (Miu Miu), and one frenzy-rousing long-term boyfriend (Shia LaBeouf), and you have what the media might call a risqué new face. But 22-year-old actress Mia Goth doesn’t bask in sensationalism. “A lot of people get pigeonholed because it makes it easier to understand them—or assume you understand them,” says the half-Brazilian, half-Canadian Brit over coffee in East London. “I think the way you break away from that is by constantly doing different jobs.”
In that spirit, Goth will appear this month in the drama Everest, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, and Josh Brolin. Based on a climbing expedition in 1996 that killed eight people, the sweeping adventure sees Goth play Meg, a 15-year-old who is transformed by her father’s attempt to survive a Mount Everest expedition. “What I found really great is being able to play such an arc,” says Goth. “Going from a relatively naive girl from a perfect American upbringing to a much more somber young woman. She grows through her father’s experience.” Filming most of her scenes with the laser-sharp Wright, Goth often had to remind herself she was on set and not an audience member. But the young actress came prepared, having written an exhaustive diary for her character. “I wrote about her school friends and crushes-I really entered the mind-set.”
Next year Goth will appear in The Ring director Gore Verbinski’s second horror film, A Cure for Wellness. In the meantime, she’s holding out for the kinds of nuanced characters she imagined playing the first day she stepped on a film set in Brazil, where her grandmother was an actress. “You have to be fierce as an actor,” Goth says. “It’s not the actor’s job to be interesting; that’s the script’s job. It’s our job to be truthful and brave.”
When not auditioning or fronting campaigns for Miuccia Prada (“Meeting Miuccia is like meeting the queen”), Goth loves gardening and reading at her home in Los Angeles, just over the hill from Hollywood. Before setting off, she quotes Oscar Wilde: “I read a quote of his recently that said, ‘Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.’ I’m just looking for great masks.”