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21 June 2018
Last week Vincent's wife
Karine participated in the Cabourg Film Festival as a jury
member. The first two photos show her with daughter Tess on the red
carpet during the closing ceremony on June 16.
Another family member has come
to my attention recently. I had no knowledge of Alexiane Silla
this week. Karine's Franco-Senegalese brother fathered her in 1992.
Her mother is white, the daughter of a Canadian diplomat. Alexiane
is a singer-musician and last year one of her songs made it to the
soundtrack of uncle Luc Besson's film "Valerian". She spent
her childhood in Dakar and has lived in Quebec since she was 9.
These photos show her and her mother at the Montreal premiere of "Hochelaga"
Following two highly successful previous events,
the VR Arles Festival returns to Couvent Saint-Césaire in
Arles between July 2 and August
26 for its third year. The festival
aims to bring virtual reality cinema, documentary film and artistic
creation into the spotlight. The opening week from July
2-8 will be devoted to a competition judged by a jury
presided over by Actress Marie Gillain.
Sitting on the jury will be Vincent joined by Charlotte
Abramow, Christopher Miles, Christophe
Ono-dit-Bio, Marie Guillaumont and James Thierrée.stant
Editorial Director at Le Point political and news magazine), Marie
Guillaumont (Director of Content at TF1 and formerly the group’s
Drama Commissioner) and James Thierrée (actor, theatre director,
acrobat). 17 films will compete in four
From November 8 to 12, 2018, Paris Salon de la
Photo will be back at the Parc des
Expositions in Porte de Versailles. This year
Vincent has the honor to host the ceremony.
The fair features most of the biggest brands of the picture world with
over 180 brands represented. For five days, they reveal their
novelties as well as their originalities.
The Salon de la Photo will also award two
photographers with the ZOOM du Public award and ZOOM de la Presse
Blast from the Past:
I've never seen this photo which was featured in a 1995 edition of
El Pais. How do you like the cigarette? Smoking is such a nasty
The article describes Vincent as "The Great European Seducer". The
caption reads, "To Vincent Perez, love scenes seem simpler than
drinking a cup of coffee. This actor displays a catalog of seductive
tricks in Queen Margot. In Tentaciones, the magazine that is
offered with EL PAÍS, he bares his feelings and confesses his
difficult coexistence with beauty.
31 May 2018
While I was on holiday this
month, I see that Vincent made his annual appearance at the Cannes
Film Festival. The 2018 Cannes Classics lineup included the
restored version of Cyrano de Bergerac
and, on hand, to represent the film was the director Jean-Paul
Rappeneau, Vincent and co-star Jacques Weber. The film's star,
Gerard Depardieu, was not in attendance. Rappeneau was not the first
to take up the challenge of adapting Edmond Rostand's masterpiece,
but he did a superior job with much panache. Vincent recalled the
1990 premiere at Cannes in a Renault video. Click on the photo below
to view the clip. He shares how it was one of his most incredible
moments at Cannes. There was applause at the end of several scenes,
just like at the Opera and before the movie even ended, the whole
audience stood up for a standing ovation. The applause continued
outside the theater as well. An amazing experience for the young
Flashback - 1990 Cannes premiere:
Here are some snapshots of
Vincent at the film festival. You can check
out more photos in the Cannes 2018
On May 21,
Vincent's wife Karine was present at the Atelier Lejeusne in
Paris attending the launch of the brand
New Era by her 26-year-old daughter Roxane
Depardieu. A line of T-shirts and
sweaters was unveiled featuring her artwork. Roxane is a graduate of
the Los Angeles Institute of Art.
As you may have noticed, Roxane's appearance in the
past year or two has greatly changed. In the more recent photos, she looks rather Mexican or Native American.
The braids need to go! She was once a very glamorous Afro-French young woman
as seen in the first photo below. The second photo shows a more
recent photo of her with her half-sister, Tess Perez.
Back in November, Roxane
launched her collaboration with TheFrenchKiss, which features a
Parisian brand of
bamboo and organic cotton clothing for men & women.
Attending were her mother, her half-brother Pablo Perez and her aunt
Virginie's stepdaughter, Juliette Besson. FYI, Juliette is Luc
Besson's daughter by his first marriage to Anne Parillard. He is now
married for the fourth time to Karine's sister Virginie. Life can
get fairly complicated in the fast lane.
Noticeably absent in all of
Roxane's art exhibitions and clothing launches is her stepfather
although her biological father did make one appearance. About her
affair with Gerard, Karine recently told a French magazine, "Roxane
was legitimized by Gerard well before she was born. We met in New
York and I followed him to Paris, where I discovered that he was a
little less separated than he claimed. That his life was tangled."
Indeed, he was still married to Élisabeth Guignot and four year
later, after 26 years of marriage, they did divorce. However, he
never married Karine and took up with actress Carole Bouquet. When
Karine became pregnant again in the summer of 1998, Vincent, her
boyfriend at the time, legalized their union in December that year.
I note that Karine is
occasionally referred to as "writer Karine Silla". Though she has
made her mark as a model, actress, screenwriter, director and
novelist, she seems to most often be recognized as simply Vincent
Perez's wife. She would be rightly recognized here in America for
her own accomplishments.
In an Austrian interview in April, while Roxane
was promoting the Culinary & Art Festival, of which Gerard is a
patron, she described her relationship with her father as very good
and said, "We often talk on the phone." When asked if it was true
that her famous dad drank ten bottles of wine a day in the wild
times, she responded, "Yes, that was the case. Maybe that's why I do
not like alcohol. On special occasions, I sip a glass of champagne."
Good for her!
US movie-goers are still
awaiting the theatrical release of HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS,
while it continues to be featured at international film festivals.
On June 21 it will be headed to Edinburgh. French-Canadian
writer-director François Girard’s ambitious and beautifully
sprawling film spans three centuries of Quebecois history. Starting
out with an archaeological dig in a contemporary sports stadium, the
film soon spirals back to the 17th century and a romance between a
young Algonquin woman and a French trapper, before merging into the
rebellions of 1837, when French patriots fought to escape the
English redcoats. Vincent has the role of French explorer Jacques
Cartier. New photo!
Sony Pictures Releasing have shared the first
images of LADIES IN BLACK, the new comedy drama from director
Bruce Beresford. Based on Madeleine St John’s best-selling novel,
the film is due for release in Australian cinemas on October 18,
2018. The story is set in 1959 and tells the coming-of-age story of
a suburban schoolgirl, who, while waiting for her final high school
exam results, takes a summer job at a large department store. The
film features a massive ensemble cast that includes Julia Ormond,
Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Alison McGirr, Ryan Corr, Shane
Jacobson, Noni Hazlehurst, Susie Porter, Luke Pegler, Nicholas
Hammond and, of course, Vincent. Production began in October
last year with shooting taking place in Sydney and the Blue
Sorry, no photos of Vincent. He has the
role of Magda's (Julia Ormond) Hungarian husband Stefan. You
may have noticed that it has been several years since Vincent
starred in a major theatrical release though he continues to acquire
supporting roles which, unfortunately, are neither in wide release
or successful films. I don't know how lucrative his acting contracts
are so perhaps he'll eventually drop acting and stick with his
photography. With the disappointing reviews of "Alone
in Berlin", it is doubtful he will be asked to direct again.
I've added these photos from the Schoko &
Fashion party held in January:
09 May 2018
Some of Vincent's photography
work can be seen in the latest edition of Normal magazine.
Normal is a French high end
quarterly magazine devoted to art photography, fashion and nude
oriented. Between the art book and the magazine,
it features series, interviews and portfolios mixing fashion
and art together on 250 pages. You can view
Vincent's photo session at
link. Since he was working with nudes, I put in some white
Here's an interesting
photograph by Derek Hudson of Vincent's wife Karine with their
daughter Iman on the right and his stepdaughter Roxane on the left.
The following photos were
taken for the first publication of "Vincent" magazine. I don't care
for them at all.
13 April 2018
On April 5, Vincent and his
wife attended the Madame Figaro dinner at Automobile Club de
France. Certainly the men at this affair were more appropriately
dressed than some of the women. Surprising to see some very
unattractive outfits. Marion Cotillard, Camélia Jordana, and even
Karine were on that list.
It appears that both Vincent
and Karine are into hats these days. Here's a recent photo of the
two of them about to jet off to another destination.
Though it was announced a year
ago that Sony Pictures Classics had bought the North American rights
to Roman Polanski's "D'après une
histoire vraie" (Based on a True Story),
the film still has not received a release date in the US or Canada.
The film continues to open this spring in several other countries.
Here are some new screen shots of Vincent:
What do you think of this
caricature of Vincent? It certainly captures some of his
features though I would have done more with his nose.
Blast from the past - a
photo of Vincent from a 1992 edition of Japanese magazine "Switch".
01 April 2018
Easter Sunday Blessings!
my last post, I discussed "The Crow: City of
Angels" unaware that there was another Tim Pope/Vincent
Perez collaboration going on. Pope, best known for directing music
videos and documentaries is to direct "Drone", his first
narrative feature film in more than 20 years. Pope describes the
story - "It's about a 22-year-old boy, who looks after his mother
and finds freedom with his drone. He forms a relationship [through
the drone] with a woman who believes she is Marilyn Monroe." This
synopsis sounds dreadful but evidently Pope developed this script
with Vincent. The pair spent a weekend together at the director's
home in England working on the screenplay and then Pope finished
developing it. He says it will be shot on a "relatively small
budget" but it will be "very cinematic".
Over the past several years,
Vincent has been seen at several Renault events, perhaps
there's a financial connection, but I came across Vincent in a
recent Renault ad in a Japanese edition of Esquire magazine. The
second photo shows him looking youthful and suave at Cannes in 2010
and the third photo was also at Cannes the following year. Being a
partner at Cannes, Renaults are used by celebrities at the annual
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