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16 June 2017
10-episode series RIVIERA was launched by Sky Atlantic
yesterday and Vincent was on the red carpet at the Cinema
Elysees Biarritz for its Paris premiere.
The series by Neil
Jordan is described as a family saga.
Georgina, a young American from the Midwest USA, becomes the
wife of the billionaire and art collector, Constantine Clios. When
her husband is killed in an explosion aboard a yacht belonging to a
rich and powerful Russian arms dealer, Georgina decides to conduct
her own investigation in a world populated by scammers, liars and
other criminals. Julia Stiles stars as Georgina
with a cast that includes Iwan Rheon, Lena Olin, Monica Bellucci,
Anthony LaPaglia and Vincent.
30 May 2017
Sorry for the delay in posting
the Cannes photos but this
past weekend was my 50th wedding anniversary celebration, a joyful
and memorable occasion. On Saturday Vincent participated in the
photo call, press conference and screening for Roman Polanski's
D'APRES UNE HISTOIRE VRAIE (Based on a True Story).
Principal photography has
begun on Vincent's next film - LOVE WALL, directed and
written by Romain Cogitore. It's a romantic drama about a
couple named Maria and Oliver, played by Déborah François and Paul
Hamy. Maria is a 30-something rebellious, restless woman who meets
this shy, indolent man in Taiwan. Their love will be tested by a
serious and complex illness. Vincent will play a physician. Filming
took place last week at a hospital in Limoges.
18 May 2017
Vincent, wife Karine and
daughter Iman attended the "Ismael's Ghosts" screening and opening
gala yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. Polanski's
"D’apres une histoire vraie" will be screened toward the end of the
03 May 2017
films have joined the official selection of the 70th edition of the
Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 17-28, 2017.
Among them, BASED ON A TRUE STORY
(D’apres une histoire vraie), the latest feature by Roman Polanski,
will be presented out of competition. The film is the adaptation of
Delphine de Vigan's critically-acclaimed novel published in 2015.
Emmanuelle Seigner and Eva Green play the two main roles with
Vincent as Seigner's companion. The psychological thriller
tells the story of the toxic relationship between a writer
(Emmanuelle), whose life and mind are endangered by an obsessive
admirer (Eva) as she goes through a tough period after the release
of her latest book.
This movie affords a new
opportunity for Polanski to deal with subjects that dot the whole of
his filmography and that he has mastered to perfection - domination,
submission, question of identity, guilt. This gives a measure of
confidence in the quality of this next release. The screenplay was
co-written by Polanski and Olivier Assayas. Cinematography is by
Pawel Edelman and music by Alexandre Desplat. Shooting began last
November in the Perche region and in Paris with an estimated budget
Mars Distribution will release
the film in France with Sony Pictures Classics obtaining its North
American distribution, while Lionsgate will release it
internationally. This is Polanski's seventh film to be shown at
24 April 2017
has been named chairman of this year's edition of Le Salon
de la Photo held at the Parc des Expos Porte de
Versailles from November 9-13, 2017. It is the
French forum for photographers and photography enthusiasts. Over
five days, the Salon de la Photo brings together all the key players
in the world of photography: not only manufacturers and importers
but also schools and professional associations, all eager to show
their latest products and ideas.
World War II drama
ALONE IN BERLIN continues to premiere
around the world. Presently, Vincent is in Japan promoting it. Here
are some new production photos. The first one shows Vincent with
the film's music composer, Alexandre Desplat. The next two show X
Filme producer Stefan Arndt.
Certainly, traveling has taken
center stage so far this year. Vincent began 2017 with a photo trip
to Russia, but at the end of January he was in the US attending the
screening of "Alone in Berlin" at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
He stayed around Paris in February for his photography exhibition at
MEP. In early March he was in Italy and then he was off to India.
Earlier this month he was in NYC and then Spain, and now he's in
Tokyo. Hope he has a frequent flyer card as he racks up these miles!
Here's a selfie he took today.
Daughter Iman, who turns 18
next month, has been in the news of fashion and horses. The photos
below are from a charity cocktail party on April 20th in Paris.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has teamed up with Italian brand Diesel
for a collection dedicated to her Fashion for Relief charity - Child
at Heart, concerned with the welfare of children globally. As usual,
I have updated Iman's fashion pages
with the latest photos.
the April 22 edition of Le Journal du Dimanche, Iman admits
that if she were forced to choose between her two passions, it would
be horses over fashion. Her contract with Next Worldwide in Paris
and Storm Management in London allows her to finance her equestrian
activities. She has been riding since she was four years old but
along the way, she also participated in dance, basketball, swimming
and figure skating and practiced violin, guitar and piano. Whew! In
a couple months Iman will compete at the Longines Paris Eiffel
26 March 2017
Vincent is back to pursuing
his passion for photography with a trip this month to India for more
visited Udaipur and participated in Holi, a Hindu spring celebration
known as the "festival of colors". He looks like he's
having a fun time.
His exhibition continues at
de la Photographie in Paris through April 9th. In connection
with this exhibition, a book signing was held on March
11th. "Les Parisiens" has been published by Artron Books and
contains 28 portraits and is available exclusively from the MEP
bookshop. Included is an interview between Jean-Luc Monterosso
On March 15th,
CHACUN SA VIE opened in French
theaters to mediocre reviews. The massive ensemble film was
criticized for its abundance of characters with a story that lacked
any intrigue. It was described as a cluster of "sketchy sketches"
rather than a film but scenes with Johnny Hallyday were deemed
hilarious. Vincent had a minor role and was not discussed.
Earlier this month Vincent and his wife were in
Turin, Italy, attending the presentation of a book written by Marisa
Bruni Tedeschi entitled "Mes chères filles, je vais vous
raconter". Her daughters are Carla and Marie.
These photos are very dark and appear to be taken outside through a
20 February 2017
I've added a few more photos
to the MEP section showing Vincent's photography exhibition.
Catherine Schwaab of Paris Match attended the opening on Tuesday
night. She wrote, "It was the Congolese sappers, his models, who set
the mood. Elegant and cheerful, in multicolored costumes, they
dressed Vincent with a lurex jacket for him to pose with them. No
way of staying gray, my friend!"
Vincent pointed out that
Africans are actually less inhibited in front of a photographer. Ms.
Schwaab said the portraits were affordable - 5000 euros for small
formats and 8000 for large ones. At the end of the night, everyone,
Chinese, French and Africans, dined at a nearby restaurant.
Artscape.fr wrote that
Vincent, influenced by Martin Parr and his use of the circular flash
in spite of the full sun, captures portraits with a slight blur -
almost like a painting - representing girls and sappers who have an
identity, a role. Vincent said, "I did not want staged pictures but
images sketched in the daily life of the onlookers and locals.
Fortuitous, sudden, hazardous encounters. A few seconds clipped from
The second section of the
exhibition shows portraits of Russians. Vincent said, "Today their
life is complex, divided between a need for individual emancipation
and a restraint deeply linked to the history of the country."
Artscape summed up the exhibition with "Questioning the creative
process at the borders of destruction and identity issues is at the
heart of this striking photographic journey."
On the Mowwgli web site, Dominique Vautrin wrote, "If you pass by
the MEP before April 9, do not miss the exhibition on the third
floor called 'Identités' by
Vincent Perez. Divided into two parts are 'The Parisians' and 'The
Russians'. His portraits are identified as encounters... One stops
instantly on the strength and dignity that emerge from these
different portraits. The neutrality, the smile or the hardness of
the person arouses in us an intriguing and emphatic dimension... The
beauty of the colors that emanates from the sun shines on the
classical scenography of the exhibition. The walls are gray and
mauve light, all in a well-lit environment. Unfortunately, there is
a shortage in the second room for Russian portraits, but that does
not prevent us from seeing something tender in the eyes of these
veterans of work. The photographic technique is impeccable and the
framing of the prints avoids the reflection. This exhibition could
have been called 'Identity, Humanity'. Vincent Perez is a worthy
actor of contemporary photography."
Michèle Warnet of Les Echos
wrote, "In the boxes, all ticked by Vincent Perez, actor,
screenwriter, director, we must add that of photographer,
accomplished portraitist... His photographs express the strong
individuality of his subjects. A portraiture that tracks pure
expression, 'when the mask falls'. In the flash of the flash, if
need be. More than faces, Vincent Perez seizes slices of life in a
frontal and benevolent way. A quest that draws its source in the
exercise of cinematographic realization. 'Actor, director,
photographer... it's the same way for me, the same gesture. It's a
way of getting into the lives of others,' Vincent says simply in the
form of a key to the creative energy that animates him."
There's a Chinese interview with
Vincent in French that you can view at this
Here's an ensemble photo from the
CHACUN SA VIE:
I discovered this youtube
video that was recorded on December 3, 2016 when Vincent was in
Lausanne, Switzerland attending an advance premiere of
ALONE IN BERLIN at Cinéma
Capitole. It runs about 43 minutes and begins with an introduction
to the film and during this time his 14-year-old daughter Tess comes
up on the stage to join him and sings this lovely song while her
proud father looks on. Very sweet! Click on the photo below to view
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