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The online cultural magazine,
Mowwgli, interviewed Vincent in regard to his "Un Voyage en
Russie" exhibition this month at the Gallery Folia. He explained
his history with Russia began in his adolescence studying Constantin
Stanislavski and Chekhov. He first visited in 1995 when filming "Ligne
de vie", directed by Pavel Lounguine. He said, "I stayed
three months in Moscow. I met the people in the Chechen mafia on
this shoot. In this post Perestroika period, Moscow was divided
among a dozen mafias. It was a completely crazy and dangerous
period. Since then I return regularly. Many of my films have been
released in Russia and I have accompanied them."
When asked how he approached
his subjects in his portraits, he explained, "In general, I do not
talk much when I photograph. As part of the photos taken for the
book, Olivier Rolin was the one who began the discussion. This gave
me time to find my frame, the place where the light was most
interesting. I sometimes used a flash. I listened and joined the
discussion, drawing attention to the photographic moment we were
about to share. I'd say a few words in Russian and make a gesture
asking them not to express anything. They wondered what that meant.
The idea of not expressing anything often causes a fall of masks.
The subject finds himself stripped and defenseless. It allows us to
see a little further into him. The picture is already taken. But it
is not a systematic device. I also like to become invisible and to
He continues, "The Shaman,
Solbon Bo, did not want to be photographed. We stayed a good part of
the Buryat New Year's Day. He indulged in ritual songs to the rhythm
of his tambourine. The host of the house, a bronze sculptor, finally
convinced him to be photographed. It was a first time, he said. I
was only allowed a limited number of shots. The shaman turns to me
after putting on his fur pelts, mask of strips, ribbons, bells, bear
claws, and rattling pieces of metal skeleton. I take the picture
just before he enters a trance. The shaman, growling, spitting,
scolding, roaring, sits on a small stool. His ancestor has just
taken possession of him."
Also included in this
interview was this "If I were" questionnaire, which Vincent replied
If I were a work of art: "The Wrestlers" by sculptor Ousmane Sow
If I were a museum: The MoMA in New York
If I were an artist: Pele
If I were a book: The man who loved dogs (Pandura)
If I were a movie: The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming
If I were a piece of music: Mozart's Enchanted Flute
If I were a photo hanging on a wall: The photo of Mohamed Ali that I
have in my office
If I were a quote: "Where there is a will there is a way"
If I were a feeling: Passion
If I were an object: A film camera, medium format
If I were an expo: Irving Penn at the Grand Palais in Paris
If I were a place of inspiration: Space
If I were a brew: Le château la Tour
If I were a Hero / Heroine: A Heroine
If I were a garment: A hat
And to my surprise, this
magazine also included this darling photo of a young Perez putting
on a puppet show.
26 September 2017
An official international trailer from France has
debuted for the latest Roman Polanski drama titled
D’après Une Histoire Vraie,
which first premiered at the
Cannes Film Festival this year. The film
is about a famous writer named Delphine,
played by Emmanuelle Seigner, going through a tough time who hires a
ghost writer to help her with her work. However, it turns out "L",
played by Eva Green, is more of an obsessive admirer who actually
has an ulterior motive. Vincent plays Delphine's
Click here for the first international trailer from
YouTube. It will open in France on November 1.
Good news! Canada has chosen
director Francois Girard's "Hochelaga, Land of Souls" as its
contender for consideration in the best foreign-language film Oscar
category. I came across this
youtube video of Vincent at TIFF. He's interviewed near the
Earlier this month, Swiss newspaper Le Temps
interviewed Vincent about a new project - the creation in
March of the Rencontres du 7e Art Lausanne, an event
dedicated to heritage films, modeled on the Festival Lumière de Lyon.
When asked what reasons he had for this idea, he responded:
"There are many. First of all, the fact that I
still have family in Switzerland, and that every time I come back
here, my heart beats. This region is for me inhabited by wonderful
memories. Then, the fact that Lausanne, where I was born, is the
headquarters of the Swiss Cinematheque, created by this mythical
character, this important figure in the history of cinema that is
Freddy Buache. And imagine that I am a native of Penthaz and that I
spent a good part of my childhood playing football twenty meters
from the building that now houses the archives of the Cinematheque.
Two of its officials live in our old family house! When I learned
this, it stirred something within me. I then thought of this
formidable jewel, the city of Lausanne, a city of culture which,
with the forthcoming opening of Platform 10, which will bring
together three museums, including that of the Elysee, will become a
real pole; and I felt this need to create a major event around the
cinema. I remember that when I was a kid and I went down the Petit-Chêne,
I stopped in front of the window of Georges V to see the photos of
the projected films. I began to dream, and when I had no one to
speak of it, I lived great moments of solitude."
In this same interview, Vincent discussed his
upcoming photography book called "Un Voyage en Russie",
published by Delpire Editions, which will be released on October 5.
He exclaimed, "It's wonderful. I cannot wait to have it in my hands,
and at the same time I'm afraid because it's a clear act. A first
book. It is a landmark in the courage of a photographer. It is
important. There are about 120 pictures, and there I cannot really
hide behind some good shots. I reveal myself. But I think that there
are many emotions in these images. It seems to me that I could touch
a little of the soul of what I would call the vastness of Russia."
exhibition of the same name will open at the Gallery Folia in
a couple days. What an exciting time for him! On display will be photographs taken by Vincent over the course of
four trips through Russia alongside the writer Olivier Rolin. Some of his photos can be seen in
From W Magazine, 09/24/17: "When
Iman Perez is not occupied on the equestrian circuit—she's a
competitive show jumper, occasionally appearing on the same team as
Jessica Springsteen, she moonlights as a model, signed to the
agencies Next and Storm. The daughter of actor Vincent Perez and the
niece of director Luc Besson, Perez is also a Chloé girl—which means
she and her perennially flawless hair are likely to be spotted in
the front row this Paris Fashion Week."
09 September 2017
On Wednesday evening the world
premiere of HOCHELAGA
TERRE DES ÂMES
(Hochelaga, Land of Souls) took place at the Théâtre
Maisonneuve of the Place des Arts in Montreal.
The premiere was part of the festivities surrounding the 375th
anniversary of the city. For the occasion, director François
Girard was present as well as several actors from
the film. Yes, Vincent was there along with Wahiakéron
Gilbert, Raoul Trujillo, Sébastien Ricard, Emmanuel Schwartz, David
La Haye, Karelle Tremblay, Gilles Renaud and Naiade Aoun.
the photos from this event.
This evening the director
and cast hit the red carpet at the film's screening at the
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
for the photo gallery.
01 September 2017
Here are some photos from
the Art District at the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris where Vincent's "Bolshoi" exhibition opens today. The third photo shows
Vincent with Francois Trabelsi. To view more photos,
TERRE DES ÂMES
(Hochelaga, Land of Souls) will be presented in a
special gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival,
which runs from September 7 to 17. But
Montrealers will be treated to the world première of the film,
Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. at
Place des Arts. That official première
will be preceded by a free public screening at 7 the same night at
the Imperial Cinema as part of Montreal’s 375th
anniversary and Canada 150 celebrations. Another free
screening will be held at 9:30 p.m. The director and the rest of the
film team will be present at all three. The film
synopsis reads: "In the aftermath of a tragic terrain slump in the
Percival Molson Stadium, the Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny
engages in a search for his ancestors. His findings will take us
back in time on a grand journey. From an Iroquoian massacre in 1267
to a football game nowadays, through the purple fever epidemic in
1687, the uprising of the Patriots of 1837 and Jacques Cartier’s
visit in 1535, Hochelaga tells the story of Montreal in one
single location at the foot of Mont-Royal."
Vincent has the role of famous French explorer Jacques Cartier and I
just noted that Linus Roache is included in the cast . Some of you
may remember that Linus was Vincent's co-star in the HBO film
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART almost 20 years
ago. That was the film that introduced me to Vincent Perez and the
Archives was soon created. I have always been a fan of Linus as
well. There's something very soothing about his voice.
Vincent's wife Karine has
written her third book, another familial contemporary story called "L'absente
de Noël" (Missing Christmas). Based on her own Senegal
background and blended families in her own life, Karine created a
story about a 20-year-old girl named Sophie who has decided to do
some volunteer work in Dakar but promises to be back before the
Christmas holidays. Her father Antoine, presently married to Fanny,
with a 17-year-old son Paul, did not end up marrying Sophie's mother
Virginie, who is now married to Gabriel. When Sophie doesn't return,
the members of these two families find themselves in a hotel in
Dakar, forced to live under the same roof while seeking to heal old
wounds. One of the book reviewers wrote, "Karine Silla, once again,
proves that she knows how to decipher the complexity of feelings..."
You can access a video interview with Karine
at this link.
09 August 2017
Vincent has a couple
photography exhibitions coming up. His first one called "Bolshoi"
will be held at Le Royal Monceau in Paris. Acting as a
gateway to the contemporary art scene in Paris, the
culturally-conscious Art District welcomes artists, connoisseurs and
collectors, patrons and art professionals. It plays host to original
exhibitions such as retrospectives, exclusive shows and viewings of
collections by a variety of artists. "Bolshoi" will be
held from August 31 to September 17, 2017.
Echoing the book of the same
name that will be published by Delpire Editions on October 5, the
exhibition "A Journey in Russia" offers an introduction to
the photographs taken by Vincent over the course of four trips
through Russia alongside the writer Olivier Rolin. They traveled
from Arkhangelsk in the north to Astrakhan in the south, from Saint
Petersburg in the west to Ulan-Ude in the east. Through a series of
striking portraits – of carpenters, peasant farmers, Cossacks,
wealthy landowners, artists, shamans and more – Vincent offers an
insightful and deeply humanist view of today’s Russia. His
photography also includes snow-covered cities, still lifes,
industrial sites, railroad tracks, roads stretching to the horizon,
and cruise ships in frozen lakes offering a multi-faceted vision of
this photogenic land.
The show pairs Vincent's work
– seen here for the the first time – with Olivier Rolin’s prose, for
a two-hearted, four-eyed travel journal, and a singular point of
view on a country where so much remains to be discovered. "A Journey
in Russia" will open on September 29 and run through October 28,
2017 at the Gallery Folia.
As reported last month,
Vincent attended the VR Arles Festival as a jury member. He gives an
at this link. Love his hat!
As most of you know, Vincent's
brother-in-law is Luc Besson as their wives are sisters.
Besson's latest film, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand
Planets", rumored to be the most expensive French movie ever
made, premiered at various cities around the world last month. The
film, starring Cara Delevinge and Dane DeHaan, is a sci-fi fantasy
based on a long-running French comic. Vincent and his family were
invited to the premiere in St. Denis near Paris on July 25th. The
fifth photo shows daughter Iman with her uncle.
Here are two more photos by Swiss
photographer Anoush Abrar:
Sky Atlantic's 10-episode TV mini-series called
RIVIERA was launched in June. At that time, I never came
across any photos of Vincent. I found the following stills today. He
plays a police commissioner and now we know he must have a fling.
The cast includes these women - Julia Stiles, Lena Olin and Monica
Bellucci. He's still sexy at 53!
11 July 2017
This week Vincent is attending
the VR Arles Festival as a jury member. Founded in
2016 by BNP Paribas, Fisheye and the Rencontres de la
Photographie d’Arles, the VR Arles Festival
presents the world’s best virtual reality
productions. After the success of the first festival, this year's
event is being held at the Couvent Saint-Césaire
in Arles for two months from
July 3 to August
31. The photo above shows Vincent with Benoît Baume, President and
Director of Fisheye (center), and filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius,
Vincent was asked if virtual
reality could inspire him in the future and he answered, "I
think about it for my next film that I'm developing right now. It
would lend itself quite well to virtual reality. The idea would be
to do the classic feature film and then make a virtual reality
version, because the whole thing happens in the same place on a
small sailboat. It's in my head and I've already talked to my
producers. I do not know if it will be a short version but in any
case, it makes you want to try."
Vincent's daughter Iman has
been participating in horse jumping both at the Chateau du
Versailles and at Longines. One of the sponsors for the Longines
event is Miasuki, an Italian equestrian brand of clothing. What a
classic look and these photos are gorgeous! Vincent must be a very
Here are some added black &
white photos from Cannes. Vincent is always photogenic!
When Vincent was asked
recently what it was like working with Roman Polanski on
D’après Une Histoire Vraie,
"It was like
working with a genius. It’s happened to me several times before.
I’m lucky enough to have worked with Antonioni, Ettore Scola and
Patrice Chéreau…so it’s amazing
because suddenly you realize…
ok, this is where it’s
you’re entering into the world of
those great creators, and it makes you feel that you’re doing
something important. He’s very
precise, extremely precise, but at the same time you’re free.
The rhythm is super precise but in acting you feel very free."
BERLIN hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on June 30th. In
some of his press, Vincent spoke about the casting of his film.
[Thompson] was my first choice for Anna Quangel.
I thought it would be a great challenge for her, and the way she
portrays her is marvelous, so it was a thrill to work with her.
On the other hand, it took me a very long time to find Otto, a
year and a half nearly. What was so
great was that Emma didn’t leave the
project. She stayed and she was always
there and I never felt that she had any doubts about the film.
But Brendan [Gleeson], when I met him
it was obvious straightaway. He had
that big heart. He didn’t have to show
anything but you felt it. He was so
precise in his work and so implicated, both of them really…
The way they created that couple was
And he spoke about the
feedback from around the world and in Germany:
"The movie came out
in thirty countries around the world, the UK is the last one,
here and then Japan. I did the press in Japan and it was very
well received, so I’m excited to see what happens there.
Australia was a great success, and so was New Zealand and
Israel. Germany was very difficult to tell you the truth.
I think the movie touched something that the German people feel
belong to them. I think we touched a very sensitive chord.
We went to the Berlin Film Festival and it was very
tough. Festivals are very tough in general...
I mean the Berlin festival is very political so bringing a movie
like that and talking about German history in English wasn’t
what they were expecting. It was tough, but it was quite an
experience for me because I worked so hard for ten years…the
good thing is that it went so well in so many other countries. I
totally understand the German reaction
At the same time "Alone in
Berlin" opens in the UK, as a film tie-in, Penquin Modern Classics
has published a new paperback edition.
Here is a new photo shoot by
Swiss photographer Anoush Abrar. The last one is the best!
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