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09 September 2017

On Wednesday evening the world premiere of HOCHELAGA TERRE DES ÂMES (Hochelaga, Land of Souls) took place at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of the Place des Arts in Montreal. The premiere was part of the festivities surrounding the 375th anniversary of the city. For the occasion, director François Girard was present as well as several actors from the film. Yes, Vincent was there along with Wahiakéron Gilbert, Raoul Trujillo, Sébastien Ricard, Emmanuel Schwartz, David La Haye, Karelle Tremblay, Gilles Renaud and Naiade Aoun. Here are some photos from the event:

This evening the director and cast hit the red carpet at the film's screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Vincent appears to be in his usual good spirits.

 
01 September 2017

Here are some photos from the Art District at the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris where Vincent's "Bolshoi" exhibition opens today. The third photo shows Vincent with Francois Trabelsi. To view his photography collection, click here.

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Here are some photos from the exhibition preview held yesterday. The first photo shows Karine with Juliette Besson and the second one shows Vincent with Sonia Rolland. For more photos, check out the Royal Monceau gallery.

 
25 August 2017

François Girard’s HOCHELAGA TERRE DES ÂMES (Hochelaga, Land of Souls) will be presented in a special gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 7 to 17. But Montrealers will be treated to the world première of the film, Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Place des Arts. That official première will be preceded by a free public screening at 7 the same night at the Imperial Cinema as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Canada 150 celebrations. Another free screening will be held at 9:30 p.m. The director and the rest of the film team will be present at all three. The film synopsis reads: "In the aftermath of a tragic terrain slump in the Percival Molson Stadium, the Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny engages in a search for his ancestors. His findings will take us back in time on a grand journey. From an Iroquoian massacre in 1267 to a football game nowadays, through the purple fever epidemic in 1687, the uprising of the Patriots of 1837 and Jacques Cartier’s visit in 1535, Hochelaga tells the story of Montreal in one single location at the foot of Mont-Royal."

Vincent has the role of famous French explorer Jacques Cartier and I just noted that Linus Roache is included in the cast . Some of you may remember that Linus was Vincent's co-star in the HBO film SHOT THROUGH THE HEART almost 20 years ago. That was the film that introduced me to Vincent Perez and the Archives was soon created. I have always been a fan of Linus as well. There's something very soothing about his voice.

Vincent's wife Karine has written her third book, another familial contemporary story called "L'absente de Noël" (Missing Christmas). Based on her own Senegal background and blended families in her own life, Karine created a story about a 20-year-old girl named Sophie who has decided to do some volunteer work in Dakar but promises to be back before the Christmas holidays. Her father Antoine, presently married to Fanny, with a 17-year-old son Paul, did not end up marrying Sophie's mother Virginie, who is now married to Gabriel. When Sophie doesn't return, the members of these two families find themselves in a hotel in Dakar, forced to live under the same roof while seeking to heal old wounds. One of the book reviewers wrote, "Karine Silla, once again, proves that she knows how to decipher the complexity of feelings..." You can access a video interview with Karine at this link.

 
09 August 2017

Vincent has a couple photography exhibitions coming up. His first one called "Bolshoi" will be held at Le Royal Monceau in Paris. Acting as a gateway to the contemporary art scene in Paris, the culturally-conscious Art District welcomes artists, connoisseurs and collectors, patrons and art professionals. It plays host to original exhibitions such as retrospectives, exclusive shows and viewings of collections by a variety of artists. "Bolshoi" will be held from August 31 to September 17, 2017.

Echoing the book of the same name that will be published by Delpire Editions on October 5, the exhibition "A Journey in Russia" offers an introduction to the photographs taken by Vincent over the course of four trips through Russia alongside the writer Olivier Rolin. They traveled from Arkhangelsk in the north to Astrakhan in the south, from Saint Petersburg in the west to Ulan-Ude in the east. Through a series of striking portraits – of carpenters, peasant farmers, Cossacks, wealthy landowners, artists, shamans and more – Vincent offers an insightful and deeply humanist view of today’s Russia. His photography also includes snow-covered cities, still lifes, industrial sites, railroad tracks, roads stretching to the horizon, and cruise ships in frozen lakes offering a multi-faceted vision of this photogenic land.

The show pairs Vincent's work – seen here for the the first time – with Olivier Rolin’s prose, for a two-hearted, four-eyed travel journal, and a singular point of view on a country where so much remains to be discovered. "A Journey in Russia" will open on September 28 and run through October 28, 2017 at the Gallery Folia.

As reported last month, Vincent attended the VR Arles Festival as a jury member. He gives an interview at this link. Love his hat!

As most of you know, Vincent's brother-in-law is Luc Besson as their wives are sisters. Besson's latest film, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets", rumored to be the most expensive French movie ever made, premiered at various cities around the world last month. The film, starring Cara Delevinge and Dane DeHaan, is a sci-fi fantasy based on a long-running French comic. Vincent and his family were invited to the premiere in St. Denis near Paris on July 25th. The fifth photo shows daughter Iman with her uncle.

Here are two more photos by Swiss photographer Anoush Abrar:

Sky Atlantic's 10-episode TV mini-series called RIVIERA was launched in June. At that time, I never came across any photos of Vincent. I found the following stills today. He plays a police commissioner and now we know he must have a fling. The cast includes these women - Julia Stiles, Lena Olin and Monica Bellucci.  He's still sexy at 53!

 
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, jury president.

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 proud papa.

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, he responded:

"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 happening. Suddenly 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."

ALONE IN BERLIN hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on June 30th. In some of his press, Vincent spoke about the casting of his film.

"Emma [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 magical."

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 though.

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
The 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 festival.

 
03 May 2017

Several 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 of €10,000,000.

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 Cannes.

 
 

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