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20 September 2021
On August 23, the first trailer for the Chinese
fantasy film THE CURSE OF TURANDOT
was released. Directed by Xiaolong Zheng, the film is an ancient
Chinese adaptation of a Puccini opera. From the
trailer, you can see dramatic, sweeping shots of Ancient China and
the world of swords, sorcery, chivalry and romance. Both Vincent and
Sophie Marceau have minor roles but at least Sophie appears on the
film's poster. I haven't a clue why this famous French cinema pair
would do this film. Though there is no release date yet, it did make
its debut at the 2021 Shanghai International Film Festival in early
June. Screenwriter Wang Xiaoping said that although the film has a
magical and magnificent ancient costume "coat", the core is still an
expression of realism. The film uses traditional Chinese cultural
symbols such as textiles, silk, and fireworks as carriers to express
beautiful appeals for tolerance, peace and love. You can view the
at this link.
Back in early August Vincent
posted some photos of his lockdown in Bangkok, the location for
filming the Apple TV series SHANTARAM. The first photo shows
him in a rather interesting vehicle with the image enhanced by the
mirror view. In the second photo, he's shown with his Thai boxing
trainer during a workout.
27 July 2021
From the Bangkok Post -
July 26, 2021:
The production of the
Apple TV Plus series SHANTARAM will be suspended
following the introduction of tightened lockdown measures, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday, saying all concerned
parties are trying to find the best way out of the problem.
Shooting for the series, which initially began in Australia, was
moved to India early last year when the Covid-19 pandemic began.
However, when the outbreak spiraled out of control there, the
set was moved to Thailand with the crew arriving on July 14.
However, as a new wave of Covid-19 infections swept across
Thailand, the Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
issued more restrictions on activities and movement, which
effectively forced the suspension of the series being shot by
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content for Apple TV Plus on
a budget of over US $100 million.
21 July 2021
Here are a couple photos of Vincent with cast
members from his latest film project.
I found a little more history
on SHANTARAM. Russell Crowe was the first to express
interest but when it
went into film development in 2004, it had
Johnny Depp attached as the star. Warner
Bros. paid $2 million for the rights to the story, and the studio
had Australian filmmaker Peter Weir lined up to direct. But by 2006,
Weir was off the project because 'his
interpretation of it differed greatly from
that of the studio and producers." Johnny
Depp tried again in 2013. After losing its
director, the 'Shantaram'
film project stalled until 2013, when Depp brought it back to
life. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, at that time Depp was
attached as both star and producer, and he was courting Joel
Edgerton to direct. But ultimately, nothing came of it. By 2015,
Warner’s rights to the project had expired.
This left the project open for someone else to scoop up. And
in January 2018, US production company Anonymous Content acquired
the rights. That’s the version currently in production with
Anonymous and Paramount making it into a series for Apple TV.
Production for the TV series began in October 2019. The plan was to
shoot 10 episodes split between Victoria in Australia and India. By
mid-December of that year, two episodes had been
shot. But in February 2020,
Paramount Television halted filming and put the show on hiatus. It
wasn’t because of the pandemic, though. Instead, they put things on
hold because showrunner Eric Warren Singer was behind on writing the
necessary episodes. Singer was forced out, and then the pandemic
hit. Filming finally started up again in
May 2021 and will continue until the end of the year. The cast and
crew were filming in Australia, and
then production was moved to Thailand.
The cast is headed by British actor Charlie Hunnam, Presently,
Steven Lightfoot is the showrunner,
writer, and executive producer. AppleTV
has not yet announced a premiere date.
In an April 2020 interview
regarding the 3rd edition of the Rencontres du 7e Art, which
ultimately had to be canceled due to the pandemic, Vincent was asked
about the festival's poster, which paid homage to Marlon Brando.
"The urge to pay him
homage came quickly, naturally, as our festival was created to take
advantage of the immense careers of those who gravitate to the world
of cinema. I also read the book entitled 'The
Last Days of Marlon Brando", signed by
Samuel Blumenfeld, who will also be giving a lecture at the
Rencontres du 7e Art. We will also be showing the film
'On The Waterfront'
and the documentary 'Listen to me Marlon',
where Brando himself narrates the episodes of his life, as he
recorded tapes like others keep a diary."
has been able to shake up the codes with a completely new form of
animality in the way a role is played. So from the start of his
career he was revered, everyone referred to him as a genius. He
certainly ruined several generations of actors, in the sense that
everyone wanted to be Brando. A myth was born.
This glory put him in a position that made him lose the
meaning of his life, yet one made up of important social struggles -
he fought for blacks, condemned the genocide of Native Americans.
This brilliant, learned and humanistic man has become a sort of
paranoid ogre who has withdrawn into his home, with real military
artillery hidden under his bed. A house in which he saw his son kill
his daughter's companion. One expression says that glory is the
shining mourning of happiness, his life illustrates this perfectly.
This fallen angel, overweight and rejected by Hollywood at the end
of his life, voluntarily destroyed this iconic image by turning in
ridiculous films, which had for only merit to be at the top of the
pile of the scenarios which one sent him. It’s sad to see that fame
and Hollywood have devoured such a magnificent being from within!"
"I retain the image of
a genius, which marked me deeply when I first started seeing his
films, around the age of 15. The movie 'Via
Zapata' introduced me to director Elia
Kazan, Actors Studio. By rebounding it changed my life, because
that's when I decided to become an actor...
For me, his masterpieces are 'A
Streetcar Named Desire' in which, for the
first time, carnal impulses are dramatized by sulphurous inflamed
paces between exposed virility and passionate neurosis,
'Viva Zapata', a
fine example of a man who has power and shares it exclusively with
others, and 'On The Waterfront',
a powerful and overwhelming love story, featured in our poster.
We could do all the Meetings of the 7th Art on him, as his
filmography is impressive, strange and iconic."
27 June 2021
Vincent's next acting project
is a television series called SHANTARAM, presently filming in
Melbourne, Australia. The drama thriller is based on the novel of
the same name by Gregory David Roberts. The story drew
inspiration from Roberts' own life and
tells the story of a man on the run from an Australian prison
looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from
family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the
slums, bars and underworld of India. The novel is
described as an exploration of love, forgiveness and courage on the
long road to redemption. It has been published in 39 languages in 42
territories worldwide and sold more than 6 million copies to date.
The series will consist of ten episodes,
with Vincent starring in seven of them. The book's description of
his character Didier Levy is as follows - "A magnificently corrupt
modern dandy, infamous for his infatuations with attractive young
men". Since the novel was published in 2003, several parties
have expressed interest in a film adaptation including Johnny Depp.
The series will be distributed through streaming service Apple TV+.
Last year Vincent's
Franco-Senegalese wife Karine Silla had her latest book "Aline
et les hommes de guerre" published,
and on Friday, she attended a dedication ceremony in Dakar
coinciding with the official launch of "Intelligence magazine".
Present were several writers and personalities from the world of
media and culture as well as Vincent's mother-in-law and son Pablo.
The book outlines the journey of Aline Sitoé Diatta,
highlighting the bravery of the priestess
of Cabrousse who led
the fight for the emancipation of her people during
20 May 2021
There's an old interview by
Blender magazine featuring Vincent discussing his "Crow" role that's
now available at this
YouTube link. It's in English!
Both Vincent's daughter and
stepdaughter have made the news recently.
Roxane, the 29-year-old daughter of Gerard Depardieu and
Vincent's Senegalese wife Karine, graduated from the California Institute of
the Arts in Los Angeles and since then has been creating works of
art in sculpture, drawings, paintings and serigraphs. She has a
particular passion for horses and nature. Her latest exhibition is
at the Château de La Sarraz in Lausanne, Switzerland, which
obviously came about through the help of her stepfather. With those
braids, Roxane certainly looks more Mexican than French.
daughter Iman was featured this month in both
a Vogue video and article. You might want to
check out the
video, filmed in the Perez family's Parisian
apartment, which I might add is very tastefully furnished though
adapting the "less is more" concept would be an improvement. After
pursuing a career in modeling, Iman will now focus on an acting
career at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.
There are three other
YouTube French videos available featuring Vincent last month at
his Lausanne festival and at Geneva's Scabal boutique.
In Conversation with Marthe Keller
At Scabal's with Eric Becker
27 April 2021
There's a short video
interview with Vincent
at this link where he discusses his Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne.
Note his clean-shaven look! He looks ten years younger!
You can check out another Swiss
at this link.
And a Taxiphone interview at
this youtube link.
Daughter Iman can be seen this
month in Sofia Coppola's exclusive campaign film, "The Chanel
Iconic", shot in celebration of Chanel's 11.12 handbag. This short
ad also features Carole Bouquet, Anna Mouglalis, Louisede
Chevigny and Zoé Adjani (niece of Isabelle Adjani), seen below with
Iman. Personally, I wouldn't use this unattractive bag if you paid
me! As far as the ad, the fast-editing technique doesn't work well.
Speaking of campaigns, here's
a photo of Vincent with Sarah Poniatowski in her sunglasses ad,
described in my December 2020 update.
Turn the clock back to 1994
and here's a photo of a young Vincent that he posted himself online.
Is he not oozing with sex appeal?
23 April 2021
With the reopening of cinemas
in Switzerland, the 4th edition of the Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne
will take place from April 26 to May 2, in a hybrid form, in digital
but also in theaters. On the menu for these festivities will be film
screenings but also master classes with guests such as Jean Dujardin.
Some events will be broadcast on the festival's Youtube channel, on
Facebook and on the dedicated website. One of the Youtube events is
a conversation between Vincent and actress Marthe Keller on April 29
at 7 pm.
I suspect most American fans
will have little knowledge of Marthe Keller. I only recognize her
name from the 1977 Al Pacino film, "Bobby Deerfield". Vincent will
host a master class on April 27 and will participate in "The Think
Cinema Round Table" event on May 1.
15 March 2021
This year's poster for Les
Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne - a scene from "La Dolce Vita".
"What other film than
Federico Fellini's working master, Palme d'Or in 1960, could better
represent the quintessence of cinema? A photo, to stop the time, a
magical, iconic moment, with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg,
a moment that works well. A way for us to recall what cinema
generates as pleasure and pleasure." ...Vincent
Perez, President of Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne
14 February 2021
For 22 years since the
creation of the VPA, I have not been able to create a movie page for
a short film called CENDRE D'OR
due to lack of information. The 17-minute film was directed by
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey in 1992 with a cast that included Vincent,
Marie Dubois, Bernard Ballet, Elisabeth Kaza and Dolorès Chaplin. I
recently came across an article about the film in the French newspaper
La Nouvelle République.
The film was shot in the
Deux-Sèvres in Western France, which has served as the backdrop for
many films. The reason this locale was chosen was because producer
Benoît Jaubert was from Beauvoir-sur-Niort. In 1992, his parents
still lived there. Hence, the setting. The story concerns a farmer's
grandson named Xavier, who returns from military service in North
Africa. He brings with him his girlfriend who he met there. In the
photo below is a very young Vincent taking a break with his
Jean-Philippe was a long-time
friend of Vincent's, sharing Swiss nationality and training at the Amandiers school in Nanterre under the leadership of Patrice
Chéreau. The director was accompanied on location by his companion at the time,
actress Marine Delterme. Also present during the shoot was actress Jacqueline Bisset, who Vincent had been dating since 1988. The newspaper
pointed out that it was strange to see this beautiful international
star strolling in her jeans around the countryside.
One afternoon in June
1992. A stubborn sun heats up the courtyard of a small isolated
farm among the cornfields near Prissé-la-Charrière. Vincent
Pérez is waiting at the entrance to the living room of the small
farmhouse. At the signal, he enters: "I have brought you my
sun". This sentence by the one who has just triumphed over
Catherine Deneuve in "Indochine" will be repeated five times
until director Jean-Philippe Ecoffey is satisfied.
For a week, the small farm
in Prissé-la-Charrière will experience a joyful bustle
punctuated by meals taken around a large table set up in the
shade. On the last evening, the actors, director, producers and
the technicians from the Moulin du Roc meet in the barn of the
farmhouse for a large banquet. With the last bite of chocolate
cake swallowed, Vincent gets up to step out onto the edge of a
cornfield and sings at the top of his lungs under the moonlight.
In honor of Valentine's Day,
we will celebrate familial love! The first two photos show Vincent's
wife Karine Silla with their daughter Tess. The second set of photos show
Karine's mother Renee, brother Jean-Baptiste and sister Virginie.
Recently twins Tess and
Pablo celebrated their 18th birthday and the proud father posted
this photo of the pair.
10 February 2021
The web site for
7ème Art Lausanne has been reworked and now contains an
archive of previous editions. If you look at the team management
page, you'll see that many of Vincent's friends and family are
involved. His wife Karine is the Art Director for Events and
Hospitality. Some of the patrons include his brother-in-law Luc
Besson and sister-in-law Virginie Besson-Silla and several actresses
he has worked with - Sophie Marceau, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Irène
Jacob and Emma Thompson.
In a 2018 interview in Polka
magazine, Vincent was asked how the idea of this celebration of
cinema came about. He responded, "I recently discovered that the
archives were stored in the village of Penthaz, fifteen kilometers
from the city. I happened to grow up there. These archives are next
to the football field where I
played as a child; two people from the
film library now live in my childhood home built by my father. It
was like a sign. I have always liked living experiences, taking on
challenges and, in a way, putting myself in danger: my first photo
exhibition at the European House of Photography in Paris in 2017, my
first photo book published by Delpire entitled 'A Voyage to Russia'
and above all, my first truly international film, 'Alone in Berlin'.
This feature film was a trigger. It took me ten years to make it and
it revolutionized my relationship with cinema. And then there is the
Lumière festival, created by Thierry Frémeaux and dedicated to
heritage films, which influenced me and made me want to share my
passion for cinema. So I started working on the project to set up a
festival in Lausanne, a city with 40,000 academics and some of the
best faculties in the world. The guiding principle has imposed
itself: to establish a link between heritage, transmission and
08 February 2021
In my last post, I mentioned
that Vincent had a special fondness for hats. In March 2018, he was
in Alessandria, Italy, and took time to visit the Borsalino
factory, the oldest Italian company specializing in the manufacture
of luxury hats. Since 1857, these felt hats have been known for
their extraordinary quality, unmistakable style and timeless
elegance. Vincent was curious how the historic hats were made so he
visited the factory and discovered how much craftsmanship there is
behind each piece. In the first photo he poses with Roberta Datola,
who's been working for the company for 22 years, and in the second
photo, he poses with a couple of the factory workers. The hat suits
I love this striking photo
taken at Cannes in 2017. When I look at it, I can't resist
singing "Puttin' on the Ritz".
05 February 2021
In a March 24, 2017 Swiss
edition of Madame Figaro, Vincent shared some of his favorite places
"This hotel is a strange marriage between glamour and
simplicity. Nestled in a garden facing the Alps, by the
lake and its banks, in Ouchy, but also ten minutes from
the city center. It enjoys an exceptional location. From
Victor Hugo to Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chaplin or Tina
Turner, celebrities have been staying there since 1861!
It gives off a unique atmosphere."
La Brasserie de Montbenon
"Everything pleases me: its historic building, its terrace, its
Vaudois products and its popular but high-quality cuisine."
"To read between two meetings. Authentic and friendly atmosphere."
"We eat well there among the musicians of L'Opera de Lausanne and
surrounded by black and white photos of the celebrities who have
La Pinte Besson and Café de l’Évêché
'You don't leave Lausanne without having, at least once, tasted a
fondue. For this, head to La Pinte Besson, one of the oldest cafes
in the city, which dates from 1780! At Café de l’Évêché, next to the
cathedral, I like the atmosphere enlivened by large tables with very
Coup de Chapeau
"A charismatic hatter where I buy my headgear. An accessory that I
wear often, I feel good under a hat."
The photo used by Madame
Figaro was actually from a 2013 photo shoot. Here are some new
It just so happens that
Vincent's younger sister Estrella is also a chapeau lover and is a
creator of some beautiful women's hats. Very talented! The photo
below of Estrella and Vincent was probably taken in the '90s. I
can't identify the man.
And speaking of hats, this
latest photo of Vincent's model daughter Iman posing for
Thailand's Vogue is embued with Asian elegance. I want to look
like this in my next life!
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