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10 February 2018
Vincent seems to be on a
mission these days to spread the word about launching the
Rencontres du 7e Art Lausanne, a new Swiss
cinema event to be held from March
24-28 in the Vaudois capital. Several
outlets have posted excellent information for the public in support
of Vincent's endeavors but occasionally you come across some nasty
folks who don't like to share. The following are bits and pieces I
have discovered online.
will classical cinema be the topic but also new technologies and
virtual reality as well. Vincent is confident that there is "an
incredible demand" because "movie people are very curious and want
to know how to make a film that integrates virtual reality or
immersive reality." He believes this forum will also offer an
opportunity for conversation and exchanges with major international
artists. One of the classics to be presented this year will be Barry
Levinson's "Rain Man". Certainly, one of my favorite Dustin Hoffman
That's Valeria Golino about to
kiss Raymond Babbitt in this photo. You might remember that she
played Vincent's wife in the 2011 Karine Silla film, "Un
baiser papillon". Vincent himself looks forward to seeing
many of the old classics on the big screen, such as "Gone With the
Wind". He relates, "When I saw
'in the Rain' (1952) a few years ago in the cinema, I was blown
away. On the big screen, the movie is a revelation, a colorful jewel
that evokes much stronger emotions than on the small TV screen."
in collaboration with the Swiss Cinematheque, the theme of the
program will be New Hollywood, a major movement that saw the
emergence of a new generation of filmmakers in the late 1960s,
breaking with the legacy of classicism. Steven Spielberg, Martin
Scorsese, George Lucas, Michael Cimino, Al Hashby, Bob Altman and
Bob Fosse are all filmmakers affiliated with this movement. On the
model of the Lumière Festival in Lyon, the screenings will be
introduced by the guests of the Rencontres, among whom are the
American directors Barry Levinson and Darren Aronofsky, the British
Hugh Hudson and Tim Pope, the Dane Thomas Vinterberg or the French
For this first edition,
Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne will present some thirty masterpieces and
other treasures from the Cinémathèque suisse in six grand cinemas.
On the program, projections of mythical works accompanied by
exciting public conversations between prestigious personalities
(actors, directors and producers) and experts from different fields.
What is the future of cinema? This is the question that Rencontres
7e Art Lausanne will try to answer in this first edition. In the era
of movies quickly consumed on screens that fit in our pockets, new
dimensions are emerging. Virtual reality, immersive experience, 4DX,
cinema, as in "The Purple Rose of Cairo", comes out of the screen to
shake us up again and question us about our relationship to the
real. R7al will present a selection of virtual reality films as well
as the latest avant-garde projects from EPFL.
R7al invites all generations to participate in a reflection around
the 7th art. To this end, the event has a powerful creative
incubator, and a unique signature in the film world, by partnering
with the important schools of the canton of Vaud. Thanks to the
support of the city of Lausanne and the Swiss Cinémathèque, its
official partners BNP Paribas and Beau-Rivage Palace, and its
sponsors, the festival is giving itself the means to bring a new
light on the 7th art and to place Lausanne as an essential place to
talk about cinema while giving meaning.
For more information, you can
watch Vincent in an 11-minute French interview
at this link.
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Shoot vertical and go to
Cannes! Nespresso Talents 2018 is a short film competition
dedicated to videos filmed vertically, which favors the
emergence of talented young filmmakers while breaking the
conventions of cinema. Vincent has volunteered
his time to be on the jury along with Myriam Sainz. Three winners
will be chosen and invited to Cannes to present their short film as
well as receive € 6,000 each.
05 February 2018
Recently Vincent was
interviewed on the subject of his new venture. From March
24-28, 2018, he will present his first edition of the
Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne. A demonstration on the model of the
Lumière Festival of Lyon, of which he is one of the founding
Q: Explain to us the
concept of these 7th Art Meetings.
Perez: The idea is to discover or
rediscover great works of great directors. Between 25 and 30 films,
often restored. The restored films gives them a timeless side and
makes them a little more accessible. The colors become sublime, the
sound too. It's like a rebirth for these great classics.
But people will not just see a film. There
will also be exchanges with the invited artists, real meetings
accessible to everyone, discussions. We will also have a prospective
part with a place devoted to virtual
reality. And public evenings, especially at D! Club. We want the
city to participate in the exchanges. Today we are going more and
more towards individual experiences, whereas cinema exists from the
moment we see the film together. Emotions then reverberate between
us. They are increased tenfold. This is
the strength of cinema.
Q: Were not you afraid
of competition from the many festivals that already exist in
Perez: Meetings are not a festival. There is no competition, no winners. I
want it to be a real place to think about cinema. The idea is to
create a sort of Davos Film Forum, with no master class but
discussions between artists and those who want to ask questions.
Q: Who will choose the
Perez: It will be me and the Cinémathèque.
For now, we have our hands dirty (Laughs.) We are at work, it is a
gigantic work, organization, programming and invitations. There are
a lot of people working on it.
Q: Which places will
you invest in March in Lausanne?
Perez: One of our sponsors is Pathé. So we
will have two rooms in their Galleries cinema and one in the Flon.
Films will be screened at the Cinémathèque and Capitole, the biggest
cinema in Switzerland. The Capitol is really at the heart of the
event. This is also where the opening ceremony will be held on March
24th. Then we will have on March 25 a big projection at Swisstech
where we expect 3000 people for the evening of the guest of honor.
Q: Who will be the
Perez: I can not reveal names yet.
It's too early. Each guest will come with
two to three movies. The main guest will unveil more of his
Q: Why did you choose
Perez: I was born in Lausanne and grew up
in Penthaz. The idea came to me two years ago when I discovered that
the archives of the Cinematheque were in Penthaz, next to the
football field where I played all my childhood, where I dreamed so
much and where I asked myself a lot of questions about my future. I
saw a kind of connection. Then there was my meeting with Frédéric
Maire, director of the Cinémathèque. And I saw in this region a
beautiful setting for such an event. I often meet people in the
movie industry who do not know Lausanne. I saw an opportunity to
bring them here and make my region shine.
Q: What will be the
place of Swiss cinema?
Perez: We will obviously also involve
Swiss actors, actresses, writers and directors. I care a lot.
Q: What is your
strongest memory of the Capitol Hall?
Perez: My father took us there to see
Charlie Chaplin when there were occasions. The first time, around
7-8 years old, I saw "Les Temps Modernes". I came out completely
upset. This must have had a real impact on my choice to make cinema.
My most recent memory on the Capitol is when I presented "Alone in
Berlin" that I directed. There were a lot
of my Swiss friends in the room.
Q: You say "Alone in
Berlin" that took you
10 years to direct from Hans Fallada's
novel, has changed you. Could the Rencontres 7e Art have taken
place without this film?
Perez: Maybe not (he thinks).
I might not have wanted to or had the
courage. It takes a lot of courage to start a business like this
because you put yourself in danger...
Q: Three months before
the launch of your event, are you scared or impatient?
Perez: A mixture of both. I'm scared, but
I really want to move on. You have to be a little kamikaze;
otherwise, the job
doesn't get done. The risk I take in dating is similar to the
one I take when I make a film or I'm on stage. You have to be a
little crazy for that.
Photos by Laurent Kaczor,
photographer of Lausanne, Switzerland:
03 February 2018
In an interview last week with
Swiss paper L'illustré,
Vincent reminisced about his childhood. Here are some excerpts -
As a child: "I could be a
clown, a little rowdy, but respectful of the teachers. I liked
making my friends laugh. It masked my shyness."
His first photographic image:
"The first I made was at age 9 - the portrait of Pierre Gisling. He was a painter and a magnificent pedagogue. He has passed on to
many children his passion for art - painting, sculpture, photography
- particularly through his shows for French-speaking Swiss
television. He became my spiritual father, my friend and my brother
at heart. He left us a year ago. He is a man for whom I have immense
admiration. I miss him terribly. I consider him my second father."
Before photography and drama,
there was painting: "I do not know why. I spent a lot of time
painting. For a long time, I thought I was going to make it a
career. There was no other possibility in my life, apart from
football maybe. I played a lot. I met Pierre Gisling by winning a
drawing contest. And that saved my life in the sense that the
drawing opened an essential door in the making of the child that I
was, both psychological and artistic. I painted two guys in a car. A very cinematic plan. One was driving, the other
was talking, drinking and smoking. They did not look at the road.
Danger! The police in Lausanne organized this contest as part of a
prevention campaign (laughter)."
Early cinema experience:
"There was the western. Then my dad passed on Chaplin's passion to
me. I imitated Jerry Lewis. I watched Laurel and Hardy too. The
cinema made a very strong impression on me. It was at the cinema
that I became aware of the existence of another world. 'Here,' I
said to myself, 'we can have many lives!'
31 January 2018
It was party time with the
rich and famous this past weekend. Here's Vincent hanging out with
Lambertz CEO Hermann Buehlbecker, who enjoys hosting an annual
Schoko & Fashion party. The first set of photos are from the
pre-dinner event held Sunday at the Hotel Marriott in Cologne,
Germany. The second set is from Monday night's party held at Alten
Wartesaal. Looking like quite the playboy, Vincent is joined in some
of these photos by Andie McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Casandra Cava,
and Dita von Teese (who forgot to button up or zipper up). So
funny... And where was Karine?
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On January 27 it was father &
son time when Vincent and Pablo attended the Ligue 1 match
between Paris Saint Germain and Montpellier Herault SC at Parc des
Princes in Paris. Acting like a typical teen, Pablo looks thoroughly
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".
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