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11 September 2018
Vincent is now in the US
visiting New England
today, most likely because his son Pablo is now attending Putnam
Science Academy in Connecticut. Apparently, they have an excellent
basketball program. Twin sister Tess will certainly miss him. I
love this sweet photo of her, most likely taken by her photographer
Last night LADIES IN BLACK
premiered at the State Theatre in Sydney. September 20th is the
actual date of its theatrical release when more reviews will be
available. Travis Johnson of Filmink writes, "It’s not so
much a journey to be taken as an experience to luxuriate in, taking
in the detailed period setting, vibrant camera work, gorgeous
fashions, and winning, charismatic performances... The men are
sidelined a little but that’s to be expected and besides, performers
the calibre of Corr and French actor Vincent Perez, who plays
Magda’s husband Stefan, are smart enough to know their job here is
to accentuate the women at the centre of the film, bringing colour
and character but never overshadowing the real stars."
Producer Sue Milliken agrees pointing out that it is often difficult
for Australian films to connect with audiences internationally but
she hopes the film's inherent charm and the internationally-known
cast including Julia Ormond, Vincent Perez, Ryan Corr and
rising star Angourie Rice will resonate.
01 September 2018
Sony Pictures has
announced that director Bruce Beresford
will return to Sydney to celebrate the Australian Premiere of
LADIES IN BLACK at the historic State
Theatre on September 10th.
Set in the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and
the rise of women’s liberation is about to change Australia forever,
a shy schoolgirl takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney
department store, Goode’s. There she meets the "ladies in black",
who will change her life forever.
Though Vincent is in the cast playing Julia Ormond's husband
Stefan, neither Vincent nor Julia will be present at the premiere.
September 20th has been set as the film's theatrical release in
Australia. There are no other release dates at this time. Speaking
about the film, producer and co-writer Sue Milliken said: "Bruce and
I have always believed this film will delight audiences; it is a
life affirming story which is also a lot of fun and is so true to
Madeleine St. John’s beautiful novel."
Vincent's filmography now
includes three more films in which he takes on very minor roles.
Last summer, production began on LES ESTIVANTS (The Summer
House), written and directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Once again
playing the lead role in her film, the actress-director is joined by
Pierre Arditi, Valeria Golino, Noémie Lvovsky, Laurent Stocker,
Bruno Raffaelli and Marisa Borini (Valeria's mother who has appeared
in all her daughter's movies). It will be screened at the upcoming
Venice Film Festival next week with a theatrical release in France
on December 26.
The second film was also shot
last year. It's called 15 MINUTES OF GUERRE, a true war
story, directed by Fred Grivois. In February 1976, Somalian
terrorists hijacked a bus carrying French children in Djibouti City
and drove it to the small town of Loyada, the official border
crossing from Djibouti into Somalia. France sent a special
operations unit of the French National Gendarmerie. The hostages
were rescued under covering fire from Somali border troops and the
unit became one of France’s premier counter-terror special forces,
the GIGN. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, Alban Lenoir, Kevin
Layne Sébastien Lalanne, Michael Abitboul, Guillaume Labbé, David
Murgia, Ben Cura and Josiane Balasko. Its release date is to be
Presently filming in London is
THE AERONAUTS, an Amazon Studios production, directed by Tom
Harper. Set in 1862, the film tells the story of a wealthy young
widow and an ambitious scientist who mount a perilous hot-air
balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. As their
ascent reveals their true selves, the unlikely pair discover things
about each other and themselves that help them find their place in
the world they’ve left below. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones take
the lead roles joined by co-stars Tom Courtenay, Anne Reid, Rebecca
Front, Tim McInnerny, Phoebe Fox and Himesh Patel.
30 August 2018
Today's NY Times:
— Gerard Depardieu, a versatile international actor
whose career has spanned more than 40 years and 200 movies, has been
accused by a young actress of sexually assaulting her on two
occasions earlier this month at his home in the fashionable Sixth
Arrondissement, the French news media reported... A spokesman for
the prosecutor’s office said a preliminary investigation into the
allegations of rape and sexual assault was underway. If the
investigation warrants a formal inquiry, the case will proceed to
the next step. The prosecutor’s office would not comment further and
did not name the woman who had made the accusations. Mr. Depardieu
is the second prominent French film figure to be accused of rape
this year, after the director Luc Besson. The reaction to the
well-documented accusations against Mr. Besson has been relatively
muted when compared with similar charges against American
Strangely, Vincent's wife
Karine Silla has a child by Depardieu and his sister-in-law Virginie
Silla has three children by Besson.
07 August 2018
The biggest horse show in the world, the CHIO in
Aachen, not only offers equestrian sport par excellence, but also a
number of social highlights. The top event
was the CHIO Media Night on
July 17th. Prof. Hermann Bühlbecker, sole
owner of the Lambertz Group and a main sponsor of this glamorous
gala and co-host, welcomed many national and
international celebrities from sports, show business and politics.
Among the guests were Vincent and Natassja Kinski.
posted a new photo gallery
of a book event that took place on May 31 at the La Librairie du
Globe in Paris. "Un voyage en Russie", published by Delpire Editor,
was presented with both Vincent and writer Olivier Rolin in
attendance. Vincent's favorite quote about Russia is "The hearts of
Russians are as vast as Russia" and to represent this vastness, the
authors decided to cross the country of Arkhangelsk in the North,
Astrakhan in the South, Saint Petersburg, in the West, and Ulan-Oude
in the East. To make the portraits, Vincent was inspired by the
approach of the great German photographer of the twentieth century
August Sander, whom he admires. Like the latter, to get into the
heart of what is called cultural identity, Vincent met
representatives of different trades: carpenters, peasants, sailors,
mechanics, fishermen, artists, waiters, but also characters more
exotic like the Cossacks, the shamans, the Buddhist monks or a
"tree-man", pleading for the plant cause in the streets of
Arkhangelsk. The book is not meant to be a tourist guide. It cannot
satisfy travelers looking for curiosities or beautiful postcards.
But it can serve as a guide helping to break through the wall of
mistrust and ignorance of this country that represents a wide range
of peoples, cultures and religions.
Here is a poster from his
upcoming book exposition:
20 July 2018
This photo was taken last fall
when Vincent did a book signing for two of his books - the more
recent "Un Voyage en Russie" and "Le Paris du Cinéma"
published in 2011.
Here are some excerpts from an
interview with Vincent back in May.
Q: Is it not hard to see
yourself on screen at 26 years old when you're now 53?
VP: On the contrary, I still
feel young and, at the same time, I am much more constructed, less
delivered by chance. I direct, I make photo projects and so many
other things that fascinate me. When I was a young actor, I tended
to ride the wave, letting myself be carried along with the
proposals. Today, it's me who creates the waves.
Q: You do not even regret your young handsome years when you shot a
lot in Hollywood for example?
VP: No regrets. I had a lot of fascinating encounters when I shot in
American productions. At the same time, let's be honest, I did not
really make great movies in those years. The most positive thing is
that even today I work almost more abroad than in French cinema. At
the time, I managed to make a name for myself internationally.
Q: You shot recently in
Australia, Canada, you were in Russia for a photo project ... not to
mention Lausanne. How do you organize?
VP: I have an exceptional woman (Karine). Last year, I went around
the world four times for my work and it was way too much.
Fortunately, I can count on my wife because it is never easy for us
to travel together because of the school year and everyone's
Q: What kind of father is
VP: I am a cool dad but strict at the level of education. I have
always taught our children to take their future into their own
hands, especially in school work. I'm lucky because each of my
children has a real passion, which makes my role of father much
simpler because they do not need me to motivate them.
Q: Your eldest 19-year-old daughter, Iman, follows in your footsteps
in acting, but she is also a model. Do you try to avoid the traps of
fashion or celebrity?
VP: My daughter is so structured in her head that she deserves all
our trust. Beyond fashion, Iman is mostly a rider.
Q: You have 15-year-old twins,
a girl, Tess, and a boy, Pablo. Will they be artists?
VP: No, my son wants to become a professional basketball player and
he is going to enter the Putnam Science Academy this year, which is
the largest basketball school in the United States. He leaves us. It
will be hard for him and very hard for us to have him so far, but he
knows what he wants and my role is to support him.
Q: And your daughter Tess?
VP: Tess is the one closest to us. Her passion is singing.
Q: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
VP: I'm going to China soon to make a third film ("Turnadot") with Sophie
Marceau. My look and my current beard is for the purposes of this
feature film... Sophie is a friend and a dream partner. She is still
beautiful and our duo works well.
The bearded Perez...
I have updated Iman's model page so
all her new photo shoots.
Interesting photos. Agree?
09 July 2018
third year in a row, Vincent has sat on the jury for the annual
VR Arles Festival. This past week a short interview was posted
during the festival.
Q: You are a
faithful member of the VR Arles Festival.
what way does the event seduce you?
It is true that I am a little part of the furniture!
But it fascinates me to see developments in the field of virtual
reality, to observe in what direction it goes.
It opens the mind to other possibilities so it interests me, quite
We associate you with classic cinema.
What future do you predict for this movie format?
VP: We are at the beginning of the genre and the field of
possibilities is widening.
It's like the very beginning of cinema: there is still a whole world
that will open, it will become more democratic.
Soon, anyone will be able to buy a headset, plug in their phone and
see a report broadcast by a newscast in total immersion.
With virtual reality, we can find ourselves in the middle of a
village bombed in Syria.
There is this feeling of being there, this feeling of teleportation
that makes us more easily aware of other realities than ours.
Q: Would you like to work on a virtual reality film as an actor or
Yes, I am absolutely not closed on it.
I think about it, but you have to leave that to the professionals of
Q: Beyond the festival, what attracts you to Arles?
VP: I'm also a photographer, so it's wonderful to be here right in
the middle of my passion.
And the city is nice, the people are nice, there is a very cool side
that I like very much.
Whether it's Forum Square or wherever, wherever you go, you feel
always very happy to come back to Arles.
06 July 2018
Happy Birthday to Vincent's
wife Karine who turns 53 today! Born from a Breton mother and a
Senegalese father, Karine Anne Silla was born in Dakar. Here are a
couple pictures by photographer Jean-Marie Marion. They're undated
but I would guess they were taken at least ten years ago.
Because 2017 marked the 60th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
Ireland and Japan, a program of cultural, political and sporting
events were planned. On October 14, THE PRICE OF DESIRE was
screened at Bunkamura Cinema in Tokyo. The film recounts the complex
relationship between the Swiss architect Le Corbusier, one of the
pioneers of modern architecture (played by Vincent) and the Irish
architect and furniture designer, Eileen Gray. I've posted some of
the Japanese posters and new photos that were used to publicize the
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. 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 co-existence with beauty.
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