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10 January 2018
America we have "O, the Oprah Magazine" and in Paris a new magazine
has been launched by Vincent called "VINCENT". This is the
translated description: "Perez, Paris and Photography have never
been so well associated. VINCENT is a magazine on Paris whose
photography is the thread. These are favorites but also rants. It is
a mirror game during which a dialogue takes place between a city,
authors and a personality. It's the Paris of a man who is both an
actor and a director, who has a passion for photography. It is also
a magazine on Paris told and illustrated by thirty photographers,
including those from the Hans Lucas studio. VINCENT is a 108-page
magazine distributed in a network of booksellers and in Relay press
sales outlets. The cover portrait of the magazine was produced by
Martin Colombet." Here's the January issue:
And speaking of Oprah, from
Paris comes an open letter, published in Le Monde, from 100 French
women, including Catherine Deneuve. The letter criticizes the #MeToo
movement and warns about a new "puritanism" sparked by recent sexual
harassment allegations. Interesting...
BTW, I too take pleasure in my
photographs taken during my travels, forever anticipating a place of
unique grandeur such as this country road in Wyoming.
lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for
beauty is God's handwriting."
...Ralph Waldo Emerson
On Monday Vincent attended the
funeral of Carla Bruni's mother-in-law, Andrée Mallah,
who died at the age of 92. The first photo shows Carla with husband
Nicholas Sarkozy and their daughter. Giulia. The funeral took place
at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Neuilly-Sur-Seine.
Two funerals for Vincent in the past two weeks.
Last March Vincent did
some photography work in India for Air France magazine.
This month the magazine features some of his photos taken in
Udaipur during Holi, the Festival of Colors. Karine Silla pens
the text of their travels and describes the country's
beauty in poetic language. My eldest son recently returned from
Pune, India and yes, he described the mangos and peacocks, but
he also spoke of cow dung, the filth and the heavy smells. Guess
he should have travelled four hours north to Udaipur.
Truth or fiction? You
read a lot of untrue stuff on the Net and often times it's from
directors or screenwriters and even actors who fantasize about
making a movie when the project actually has no funding. On November
27th, Julie Pendray of Palm Springs Life wrote this about actress
Kym Karath: "She has been a print model in Paris and is preparing
for the production of her screenplay there in 2018. Twenty
Boulevard St. Germain will be directed by Bruce Beresford, she
says. Catherine Deneuve and Vincent Perez will act. 'It’s loosely
autobiographical,' says Karath. 'It’s about three women who go to
Paris for different reasons. It’s a love story.'"
Flashback: Here's a photo taken
in the USA back in November 1994. What a heartthrob!
10 December 2017
Chinese portraitist Zhong Weixing
presently has an exhibition running through January 7 at the
European House of Photography in Paris. It's called "Face to Face"
and shows a series of portraits of other photographers, such as
Vincent. Weixing believes when a photographer tries to take a
portrait of a fellow photographer, it's a power play. What do you
think of his portrait of Vincent? Here's my take. If there's one
true facet of Vincent, it's his softness and here it's stripped away
resulting in a tough and hardened interior and exterior. There's
such anger in his eyes and mouth and his arms and hands portray a
man consumed with his physical strength. On the other hand,
portraits don't necessarily have to embrace truth.
Hundreds of motorcycles roared down the
Champs-Élysées and crowds sang in unison as tens of thousands of
fans of Johnny Hallyday, the French rock star who died this
past week, lined the streets of Paris yesterday
for his funeral procession. Vincent and Karine
were among the crowds who came to honor him.
Here's a photo taken on
location last year when Vincent and Johnny co-starred in Chacun sa
03 December 2017
On November 30 Iman's parents
came to watch their daughter's show jumping at the Masters Three
Data Sport event at the Longines Masters in Villepinte. Beautiful
About a month ago when I was
posting some of his interviews, I accused Vincent of perhaps
attempting to "reinvent himself" and then
today I discover his own quote on
photography site - "I think life is made of cycles, each cycle
requires some courage to get out of your comfort zone. Right now,
I'm really in there. Namely: in the reinvention of myself."
The truth is you can try
to reinvent this new "image" going forward but your past will follow
you wherever you go.
01 December 2017
From December 2-23,
Fisheye Gallery in Paris will be
transformed into a library and photography studio. Publishers and
photographers will take over the gallery for the whole month of
December. One of the events is called "Family
portrait in a Polaroid room with Vincent Perez", which will be held
Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17 from 1 to 8 pm. Photo
information: Format of prints 20 x 25 cm in colour,
150 euros per session. Limited
places. Sign up now:
I have neglected to post the
absolutely gorgeous film poster for "Hochelaga".
Today The Hollywood Reporter
announced some exciting news - In 1988, director Francois Girard saw
his drama The Red Violin earn composer John Corigliano the
Academy Award for best original score. Now the Quebec director wants
his latest movie, HOCHELAGA, LAND OF
SOULS, to secure a nomination after being chosen by Canada
as its Best Foreign Language Film contender for an Oscar.
"It's always a tough race, but
we've done a film that's deeply rooted in our culture, and it speaks
honestly about who we are," says Girard, an Academy member himself,
of the movie's Oscar chances.
Canada has a good track record
in the Oscar's foreign language category... Girard recently walked
the AFI film fest red carpet as part of the Oscar campaign for
Hochelaga, but he doesn't want to take chances in predicting an
"As for any award competition, there are so many factors beyond my
radar," he says. "I don't want to make any guesses. But we're proud
of the film, and we hope we go all the way."
As many of you know, I manage
several celebrity blogs/archives by Coymoon Creations, one being
Nyqvist Archives. One of Micke's last films is Denmark's
contribution for Best Foreign Language Film -
Du forsvinder, in which the late Michael Nyqvist plays a
lawyer. Director Peter Schønau Fog has shown me kindness and I am
definitely rooting for his film!
Vincent's last film,
BASED ON A TRUE STORY (D’après Une Histoire Vraie),
directed by Roman Polanski, didn't fare too well in France where it
opened this month. Roman's wife Emmanuelle Seigner stars as writer
Delphine with Vincent as her love interest Francois and Eva Green as
Delphine's obsessed stalker. Here is an overview from the French
film critics. You can click on the image for a higher resolution.
Giovanni Marchini Camia of The Film Stage writes,
"A psychological thriller directed by Roman Polanski and
co-written by Polanski and Olivier Assayas – elevator pitches don’t
get much more promising than that. Sadly, the lackluster outcome
proves there’s no guaranteed recipe for success. Based on a True
Story, adapted from the prize-winning novel by Delphine de Vigan,
revisits territory Polanski has mined time and again over the course
of his long career. Perhaps too many times, as the film feels like
the work of an author thoroughly bored with his material, a
sentiment impossible not to share as a viewer."
"On a directorial level, Based on a
True Story is just as uninspiring. Polanski sleepwalks his way
through the film, manifesting precious little of the skill and
invention that fueled the slow-burn suspense and sinister
atmospheres of superficially similar works such as Rosemary’s
Baby and Repulsion. The most perverse aspect of Based
on a True Story is its resolution: after two hours of insipid
build-up, the film abruptly closes on a note so anticlimactic that
it barely qualifies as an ending."
In an interview four months ago, Vincent
discussed the controversial director in this
youtube video, and a month ago, Polanski's name came up again
as he faced new rape allegations following the Harvey Weinstein
17 November 2017
is presently in Sydney, Australia starring in another Bruce
Beresford film. They previously worked together in "Bride of the
Wind" (2001), which was such a disaster, scoring only
11% at Rotten Tomatoes. Hopefully, this new pairing will prove more
successful. The name of the film is LADIES IN BLACK,
adapted for the screen by Beresford and Sue Milliken from
Madeleine St John’s 1993 bestselling novel, "The Women in Black".
The cast includes Julia Ormond as Magda Szombatheli, Angourie
Rice as Lisa Miles, Rachael Taylor as Fay Baines, Alison McGirr as
Patty Williams, Vincent as Magda's Hungarian husband Stefan, Ryan
Corr as Rudi, Susie Porter and Shane Jacobson as Lisa's parents and
Noni Hazlehurst as Miss Cartwright. Set in Sydney in the summer of
1959, against the backdrop of Australia's cultural awakening,
breakdown of class structures, and liberation of women, it tells the
coming-of-age story of suburban schoolgirl Lisa, who while waiting
for her final high school exam results with dreams of going to the
University of Sydney, takes a summer job at a large department
store. Here she works side-by-side with a group of saleswomen who
open her eyes to a world beyond her sheltered existence and foster
On Tuesday, November 7, Vincent
and his wife attended a night of music listening to Gerard
Depardieu pay homage to Barbara, one of France's best known singers.
The event was called "Depardieu Chante Barbara" at Le Cirque
d'Hiver in Paris. The night before Karine brought daughter Iman to
the show. She doesn't look too happy posing with her mother's ex-lover,
but then again she normally pouts. Have her fashion agents told her
not to smile? I don't know why Roxane didn't attend since Gerard is her
On November 9th Vincent and
Karine accompanied 18-year-old Iman for the inauguration of the new
Miasuki Collection for equestrians. Created by Mia S. Lei,
the brand offers unique, innovative and revolutionary pieces
combined with a dynamic and chic style. Ideal for all those who want
to combine sport and elegance. I can't help myself. In the words of
Annie Hall, let me say, "la-di-da!"
On October 25 Vincent walked
the red carpet at the opening ceremonies of the 30th Tokyo
International Film Festival. And I have to admit I don't have a
clue why he was there except to be photographed.
Here's a very young Vincent
at the Tokyo International Film Festival 25 years ago.
On the occasion of the Lumiere Festival, the
House of Books, Pictures and Sound hosted a master class with
Vincent on Saturday, October 21. At that time he presented his
photography book, "Un Voyage en Russie".
For the next month, the Maison de la Photographie
in Lille, France is hosting Vincent's "Identities" exhibition. The
gallery opened on October 20 with Vincent in attendance.
more photos here
Over the past ten days Vincent has given several
interviews in regard to his ambition as a photographer. He says that
during filming, he always had a camera with him because the photos
allowed him to remember the scenes. He says, "I eventually
discovered the freedom linked to photography compared to the
laborious work as a team and the long course of a film. Photography
is a project that can be sated more quickly and in solitude. And as
I am rather a loner, it suits me." I definitely do not think of
Vincent as a loner but rather as a people person. Is he trying to
"What interests me with
photography is to enter the lives of others. I try to make sure
that the presence of the subject exists in the image - to
capture a piece of soul."
He says he was attracted to
Russia because "it's a destination where others do not go. It is far
from mass tourism. Once there, you have the feeling of discovering
things. And I need to think outside the box." The images from Russia
were made during four trips he made with writer Olivier Rolin. They
include portraits, small crafts, landscapes, roads, cities,
industrial sites or festival scenes. The photos are in both color
and black and white, showing the country without embellishment. He
says, "I took the example of August Sander." He has not finished his
project on the Congolese community in Paris. He says, "I do not have
enough images yet to make a book." He also mentions other "more
ambitious" projects for which he is seeking funding.
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.
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