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The very first thing we heard Patricia Clarkson say, at the opening press conference given by the jury of the 2013 Marrakech Film Festival, was that at that point in the proceedings, all they had actually been doing was drinking. At which the collected luminaries including Jury president Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard, Park Chan-Wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Fatih Akin and Amat Escalante all laughed, somewhat sheepishly, and everyone kind of relaxed.  Clarkson, outside her reputation as a versatile and completely committed performer, has that rare and welcome ability to laugh at herself and the world, and it makes her, as we discovered when we met her, an almost flirtatiously charming interviewee. Along with a small group of international journalists last week, we had the pleasure of chatting to Clarkson about the “perks” of her job, spanking her fellow jurors, her upcoming roles and what exactly she thought of Lars Von Trier-gate at Cannes two years ago. »

- Jessica Kiang

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