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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!
16 June 2017
10-episode series RIVIERA was launched by Sky Atlantic
yesterday and Vincent was on the red carpet at the Cinema
Elysees Biarritz for its Paris premiere.
The series by Neil
Jordan is described as a family saga.
Georgina, a young American from the Midwest USA, becomes the
wife of the billionaire and art collector, Constantine Clios. When
her husband is killed in an explosion aboard a yacht belonging to a
rich and powerful Russian arms dealer, Georgina decides to conduct
her own investigation in a world populated by scammers, liars and
other criminals. Julia Stiles stars as Georgina
with a cast that includes Iwan Rheon, Lena Olin, Monica Bellucci,
Anthony LaPaglia and Vincent.
30 May 2017
Sorry for the delay in posting
the Cannes photos but this
past weekend was my 50th wedding anniversary celebration, a joyful
and memorable occasion. On Saturday Vincent participated in the
photo call, press conference and screening for Roman Polanski's
D'APRES UNE HISTOIRE VRAIE (Based on a True Story).
Principal photography has
begun on Vincent's next film - LOVE WALL, directed and
written by Romain Cogitore. It's a romantic drama about a
couple named Maria and Oliver, played by Déborah François and Paul
Hamy. Maria is a 30-something rebellious, restless woman who meets
this shy, indolent man in Taiwan. Their love will be tested by a
serious and complex illness. Vincent will play a physician. Filming
took place last week at a hospital in Limoges.
18 May 2017
Vincent, wife Karine and
daughter Iman attended the "Ismael's Ghosts" screening and opening
gala yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. Polanski's
"D’apres une histoire vraie" will be screened toward the end of the
03 May 2017
films have joined the official selection of the 70th edition of the
Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 17-28, 2017.
Among them, BASED ON A TRUE STORY
(D’apres une histoire vraie), the latest feature by Roman Polanski,
will be presented out of competition. The film is the adaptation of
Delphine de Vigan's critically-acclaimed novel published in 2015.
Emmanuelle Seigner and Eva Green play the two main roles with
Vincent as Seigner's companion. The psychological thriller
tells the story of the toxic relationship between a writer
(Emmanuelle), whose life and mind are endangered by an obsessive
admirer (Eva) as she goes through a tough period after the release
of her latest book.
This movie affords a new
opportunity for Polanski to deal with subjects that dot the whole of
his filmography and that he has mastered to perfection - domination,
submission, question of identity, guilt. This gives a measure of
confidence in the quality of this next release. The screenplay was
co-written by Polanski and Olivier Assayas. Cinematography is by
Pawel Edelman and music by Alexandre Desplat. Shooting began last
November in the Perche region and in Paris with an estimated budget
Mars Distribution will release
the film in France with Sony Pictures Classics obtaining its North
American distribution, while Lionsgate will release it
internationally. This is Polanski's seventh film to be shown at
24 April 2017
has been named chairman of this year's edition of Le Salon
de la Photo held at the Parc des Expos Porte de
Versailles from November 9-13, 2017. It is the
French forum for photographers and photography enthusiasts. Over
five days, the Salon de la Photo brings together all the key players
in the world of photography: not only manufacturers and importers
but also schools and professional associations, all eager to show
their latest products and ideas.
World War II drama
ALONE IN BERLIN continues to premiere
around the world. Presently, Vincent is in Japan promoting it. Here
are some new production photos. The first one shows Vincent with
the film's music composer, Alexandre Desplat. The next two show X
Filme producer Stefan Arndt.
Certainly, traveling has taken
center stage so far this year. Vincent began 2017 with a photo trip
to Russia, but at the end of January he was in the US attending the
screening of "Alone in Berlin" at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
He stayed around Paris in February for his photography exhibition at
MEP. In early March he was in Italy and then he was off to India.
Earlier this month he was in NYC and then Spain, and now he's in
Tokyo. Hope he has a frequent flyer card as he racks up these miles!
Here's a selfie he took today.
Daughter Iman, who turns 18
next month, has been in the news of fashion and horses. The photos
below are from a charity cocktail party on April 20th in Paris.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has teamed up with Italian brand Diesel
for a collection dedicated to her Fashion for Relief charity - Child
at Heart, concerned with the welfare of children globally. As usual,
I have updated Iman's fashion pages
with the latest photos.
the April 22 edition of Le Journal du Dimanche, Iman admits
that if she were forced to choose between her two passions, it would
be horses over fashion. Her contract with Next Worldwide in Paris
and Storm Management in London allows her to finance her equestrian
activities. She has been riding since she was four years old but
along the way, she also participated in dance, basketball, swimming
and figure skating and practiced violin, guitar and piano. Whew! In
a couple months Iman will compete at the Longines Paris Eiffel
26 March 2017
Vincent is back to pursuing
his passion for photography with a trip this month to India for more
visited Udaipur and participated in Holi, a Hindu spring celebration
known as the "festival of colors". He looks like he's
having a fun time.
His exhibition continues at
de la Photographie in Paris through April 9th. In connection
with this exhibition, a book signing was held on March
11th. "Les Parisiens" has been published by Artron Books and
contains 28 portraits and is available exclusively from the MEP
bookshop. Included is an interview between Jean-Luc Monterosso
On March 15th,
CHACUN SA VIE opened in French
theaters to mediocre reviews. The massive ensemble film was
criticized for its abundance of characters with a story that lacked
any intrigue. It was described as a cluster of "sketchy sketches"
rather than a film but scenes with Johnny Hallyday were deemed
hilarious. Vincent had a minor role and was not discussed.
Earlier this month Vincent and his wife were in
Turin, Italy, attending the presentation of a book written by Marisa
Bruni Tedeschi entitled "Mes chères filles, je vais vous
raconter". Her daughters are Carla and Marie.
These photos are very dark and appear to be taken outside through a
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