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20 February 2017
I've added a few more photos
to the MEP section showing Vincent's photography exhibition.
Catherine Schwaab of Paris Match attended the opening on Tuesday
night. She wrote, "It was the Congolese sappers, his models, who set
the mood. Elegant and cheerful, in multicolored costumes, they
dressed Vincent with a lurex jacket for him to pose with them. No
way of staying gray, my friend!"
Vincent pointed out that
Africans are actually less inhibited in front of a photographer. Ms.
Schwaab said the portraits were affordable - 5000 euros for small
formats and 8000 for large ones. At the end of the night, everyone,
Chinese, French and Africans, dined at a nearby restaurant.
Artscape.fr wrote that
Vincent, influenced by Martin Parr and his use of the circular flash
in spite of the full sun, captures portraits with a slight blur -
almost like a painting - representing girls and sappers who have an
identity, a role. Vincent said, "I did not want staged pictures but
images sketched in the daily life of the onlookers and locals.
Fortuitous, sudden, hazardous encounters. A few seconds clipped from
The second section of the
exhibition shows portraits of Russians. Vincent said, "Today their
life is complex, divided between a need for individual emancipation
and a restraint deeply linked to the history of the country."
Artscape summed up the exhibition with "Questioning the creative
process at the borders of destruction and identity issues is at the
heart of this striking photographic journey."
On the Mowwgli web site, Dominique Vautrin wrote, "If you pass by
the MEP before April 9, do not miss the exhibition on the third
floor called 'Identités' by
Vincent Perez. Divided into two parts are 'The Parisians' and 'The
Russians'. His portraits are identified as encounters... One stops
instantly on the strength and dignity that emerge from these
different portraits. The neutrality, the smile or the hardness of
the person arouses in us an intriguing and emphatic dimension... The
beauty of the colors that emanates from the sun shines on the
classical scenography of the exhibition. The walls are gray and
mauve light, all in a well-lit environment. Unfortunately, there is
a shortage in the second room for Russian portraits, but that does
not prevent us from seeing something tender in the eyes of these
veterans of work. The photographic technique is impeccable and the
framing of the prints avoids the reflection. This exhibition could
have been called 'Identity, Humanity'. Vincent Perez is a worthy
actor of contemporary photography."
Michèle Warnet of Les Echos
wrote, "In the boxes, all ticked by Vincent Perez, actor,
screenwriter, director, we must add that of photographer,
accomplished portraitist... His photographs express the strong
individuality of his subjects. A portraiture that tracks pure
expression, 'when the mask falls'. In the flash of the flash, if
need be. More than faces, Vincent Perez seizes slices of life in a
frontal and benevolent way. A quest that draws its source in the
exercise of cinematographic realization. 'Actor, director,
photographer... it's the same way for me, the same gesture. It's a
way of getting into the lives of others,' Vincent says simply in the
form of a key to the creative energy that animates him."
There's a Chinese interview with
Vincent in French that you can view at this
Here's an ensemble photo from the
CHACUN SA VIE:
I discovered this youtube
video that was recorded on December 3, 2016 when Vincent was in
Lausanne, Switzerland attending an advance premiere of
ALONE IN BERLIN at Cinéma
Capitole. It runs about 43 minutes and begins with an introduction
to the film and during this time his 14-year-old daughter Tess comes
up on the stage to join him and sings this lovely song while her
proud father looks on. Very sweet! Click on the photo below to view
08 February 2017
Paris - Maison Européenne
de la Photographie - Vincent Perez - Identités
06 February 2017
appears to be following her older sister Iman into the fashion
industry. Here she is modeling clothes for Juliette Swilden's
teen collection for Spring-Summer 2017. If you click on the photo
below, the link will feature more of her photos.
03 February 2017
FIVE MORE DAYS TO THE
the trailer and poster for
CHACUN SA VIE (Everyone's Life) have been released in the past
week. Because Vincent has a minor role in the Claude Lelouth comedy,
he is neither shown in the trailer nor the poster. Boo-hoo. The synopsis
remains unclear but there's obviously several stories being told
about life, love and divorce. Among the huge cast of French
celebrities is Johnny Hallyday, Jean Dujardin, Mathilde Seigner and
Christopher Lambert. The film was shot last July in Beaune and will be released in French theaters on March 15, 2017.
Here are some new additions to
the B&W photo gallery plus I added over 25 new photos to the Lumiere
Film Festival galleries.
The Sedona International Film Festival
will be screening ALONE IN BERLIN at the
Mary D. Fisher Theatre from February 3-9. Show
times will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6
and 7; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8 and 9.
Here's a new film production photo of Vincent
full engaged in the throes of directing back in the spring of 2015.
A man of many talents.
01 February 2017
The Maison Européenne de la Photographie
is now closed as they prepare for their next exhibition, which runs
from February 8 through April 9. The MEP is a major center for
contemporary photographic art and, obviously, Vincent must feel very
excited and certainly honored for the chance to participate in this
Besides his photography, the
MEP will also present a selection of films by Vincent. For more
information on dates and times,
visit this link.
27 January 2017
Today I have added a
photo gallery of
Vincent's recent trip to the Republic of Buryatia, located just
north of Mongolia. In a Russian interview he joked about his
appearance in that he didn't look like his normal movie-star self
but rather went for a relaxed look and dressed warmly for the frigid
temps. Don't you love his fur Russian hat! When asked what impressed
him the most during his trip, he said he will remember the
experience of visiting the Ivolginsky Datsan, a Buddhist temple and
the Hambo Lama Itigelov, who is called The Living Dead Buddhist
Monk, best known for the lifelike state of his dead body, which
hasn't been subject to macroscopic decay since his death in 1927.
Vincent's daughter IMAN
was back on the catwalk this month. On January 25 she was featured
in Jean Paul Gaultier's new haute couture collection for
Spring/Summer 2017. The four smaller pics were taken backstage. She's adorable!
26 January 2017
Some photos have surfaced
today from opening night at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival where
ALONE IN BERLIN was screened. To
view them, follow this link. In a
recent interview about his film, Vincent shared his thoughts on the
question of modern-day parallels regarding the increasing prevalence
of authoritarian figures and governments in the West. He responded:
"When I meet people after
the screenings, there’s always a moment when someone’s asking me
that question. I think it’s great. I think it’s accurate. It’s
something everybody has in mind, that the extremes are rising up
all over the world. We have a very short memory. A tendency to
forget. It’s important to tell again these kinds of stories.
Yes, we have to be careful. Yes, it’s always there, it’s in the
soil somewhere, it’s part of who we are, the extremes. It comes
from years of frustration, years of humiliation, that’s what
creates the soil for extremism. I think we have to go back to
why this is happening, and why it is happening again. I think
the movie questions that. I think that’s maybe one reason this
movie was made, it’s just a way to question people. It’s a way
for people, coming out of the screening, to think about it. It
says what Barack Obama said in his [farewell] speech, when he
said you can change things, don’t wait for others to change it.
You have to start with yourself. That’s exactly what the
Quangels were doing. At the end of the film, they’re not
victims, they were winning. They were right. The future wasn’t
with the Nazis, it was with people like them."
Each year the Political
Film Society of Hollywood, CA awards films that
best promote political consciousness in
four categories - democracy,
exposé, human rights, and peace. The Society has
nominated ALONE IN BERLIN for best
film exposé and best film on human rights of 2017. In early
2018, members of the Political Film Society will
vote and winners will be announced
by March 1, 2018.
25 January 2017
Last night was the opening of
the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
ALONE IN BERLIN was screened as the Opening Night event at
the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. A pre-show reception was
held as well as a Q&A following the film. Vincent was in attendance.
Possibly more photos will show up by the end of the day. The last
photo was posted by Vincent himself. Unusual angle...
In the US, you can rent the
film through the following services:
12 January 2017
the ambitious biopic depicting the rise and fall of famed
Egyptian-born Italian-French singer
Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, ranks as one of 2017’s most anticipated
films in France. Co-produced, distributed and sold by Pathe, the
film bowed in France yesterday and is having its premiere at the opening
night of UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, which
kicks off tonight. Lisa Azuelos wrote, directed and produced the
film, which took five years to get made. Since unveiling the promo
reel in Cannes, Pathe has already pre-sold the film in Benelux,
Bulgaria, Canada, Ex-Yugoslavia, Greece, Italy, Middle East,
Morocco, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia and
of Le Point says that 32-year-old Sveva Alviti does not embody
Dalida. She is Dalida! This is what Ms. Azuelos was looking for when
she began casting. After three months, the director had seen a
hundred girls and still had not found her star until she discovered
Sveva Alviti. Ms. Gairin agrees and writes, "The result is amazing.
Same sculptural silhouette, even natural elegance, same glance of
embers, even melancholy.
Besides Vincent in the role of
producer Eddie Barclay, the film's cast includes Niels Schneider,
Michael Cohen, Jean-Paul Rouve and Patrick Timsit. The critiques
appear to be quite decent and the film should bring in some
Accompanied by writer Oliver
Rolin, Vincent has finished his photo trip to Ulan-Ude
and is on his way back to France. During this week in the republic
of Buryatia, he visited a Hun settlement, the Ethnographic Museum
and Ivilginski temple. He also attended an impromptu mini-concert at
the Buryat Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Soloists Olga
Zhigmitova and Mikhail Pirogov performed an aria from the opera
"Carmen" and "Samson and Delilah". Olga told the press Vincent was
delighted and that they were impressed by his openness and
sincerity. At the theatre Vincent also took some photos of the
ballet rehearsal of "The Nutcracker".
The photos below show him with
fellow actors on a film set. He had expressed a desire to visit a
production studio to view their filming process. The press noted
that, as usual, Vincent did not use his stardom status, but rather
considered himself equal among the actors.
shamans also held a traditional ceremony, supposedly a rite that
would give Vincent a long life. Details were not disclosed but
the shamans presented him with a bronze sculpture of a rider.
Interesting... And last, here's a sample of one of Vincent's
photos taken on this trip. C'est très
Vincent filmed his scenes in November for Roman Polanski's
UNE HISTOIRE VRAIE (Based on a True Story), production
continues this week in Paris. The film, which stars Roman's wife,
Emmanuelle Seigner, and Eva Green, is slated for a 2018 release.
Called a "Hitchcockian romance" tinged with a pinch of Stephen King,
the script, based on the book by Delphine de Vigan, was written by
Olivier Assayas, one of the most talented filmmakers of contemporary
cinema. As a former critic for Cahiers du Cinema and a die-hard
cinephile, he makes his films both personal and referential to the
works of directors that he adores.
psychological thriller provides intense reflection on reality and
fiction. It revolves around a novelist named Delphine (Seigner) who
becomes uncomfortable with overnight fame following the success of
her latest publication. A strange and dangerous admirer named L
(Green) bursts into her life and gradually takes control of it. The
neurotic Eva Green is well cast and the material sounds perfect for
Polanski, a master of paranoia. Vincent plays Delphine's companion,
a recent interview, Vincent discussed his upcoming film,
DALIDA, which will open in French
theaters on Wednesday. He recalled Dalida's songs from his childhood
and how they remain mythical. He said, "Her music was powerful and
she is part of the cultural heritage of France, Europe and even a
little further." Before filming, he said he knew a little about her
career and had a vague memory of her tormented relationships with
men, which often ended tragically. He said that Dalida was a woman
who sought love and could not find it and that director Lisa Azuelos
has managed to tell the story without the egocentricity of pain.
Vincent's memories are now mixed with images from the film. He said,
"During the screening at the Olympia in front of a packed house, it
was as if she had been revived on stage. It was pretty incredible. I
sat next to her brother Orlando, and he cried several times."
As far as his role as producer
Eddie Barclay, he said, "He was a very charismatic character.
The career of Eddie Barclay is hallucinating. He
really held the reins of the musical world for many years...
It was a chance for me to be able to embody that, and I had a lot of
fun. Curiously, it came quite naturally."
This week Vincent is back in
Russia in the role of the photographer. This time he's traveled
quite far to the East, actually north of Mongolia, to
Ulan-Ude in the republic of
Buryatia. Here he is looking as if he's arrived
in no man's land!
Exciting news for 2017!
Vincent's next exhibition of his photographic work will be featured
at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie from February 8
through April 9. The MEP, located in the historic heart of Paris, is
a major center for contemporary photographic art.
His statement describing his
exposition called "Identités"
is as follows:
"I am Swiss,
a child of emigrants, with a Spanish father and a German mother.
France is the country where I have lived most. My wife was born
in Dakar to a Breton mother and a Senegalese father. Our
children are a mixture of these five countries. They feel French
and Senegalese. Me, I do not know. I am this cultural mix. I
feel European. I feel a citizen of the world.
But what is my cultural identity? I envy those who are attached
to a clear and strong belonging and at the same time I like to
be outside of everything, as if it has allowed me to immerse
myself and naturally absorb our differences. When Jean-Luc
Monterosso did me the honor of inviting me to the European House
of Photography, I decided to accomplish a work done for this
occasion around the theme of identity. "
The 17th Annual Atlanta Jewish
Film Festival will screen ALONE IN BERLIN
on its opening night - January 24 - at the Cobb Energy Centre. The
film will also have a limited theatrical release in the US and will
be available on demand on January 13th. A must-see film! Winner of
Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Festival
International du Film de Fiction Historique in Toulouse. This is the newest poster. I
much prefer the previous ones.
Earlier this month Vincent
Perez met with Russian students of the Northern Arctic Federal
University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk. He spoke about his new
photo project, work experience in the Russian cinema and breaking
stereotypes. The first four photos show him in the student coffee
shop. (You can view the video
at this link) The last photo was taken
during the casting of the university contest "Beauty of the Arctic."
Vincent was accompanied by
French writer Olivier Rolin, who will write the text for his photo book, "The
Russians", which will be published in mid-October 2017 in
France. Vincent shared that most striking was the generosity
of the Russian people. He was surprised how they are always happy to
invite you into their homes, opening their hearts to absolute
strangers. He hopes that this photo album will dispel misconceptions
and rightfully capture the life and culture of the Russian people.
Here's an awesome portrait of a
very young Perez. Hope he's quit smoking by now.
And here's a really sweet photo
taken last Christmas of Karine & Iman.
|Here are a few
more photos from the DALIDA
premiere on November 30th:
And here's Vincent bundled
up with camera in hand in Arkhangelsk
where it looks mighty cold! Hope
this Russian photo trip is going well.
This week Vincent, the
photographer, is visiting Arkhangelsk
in northwestern Russia where he will meet with students of the Northern
Arctic Federal University and will attend the second audition
contest called "Beauty of the Arctic" as a photographer. He's working
on an album tentatively titled "The Russians" planned for 2017. The
album will feature 100 portraits of people of different professions
across various regions of Russia. The purpose of the project is to
try and reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Russia to reveal its
inner world, sincere generosity and beauty. Author Olivier Rolin
will provide the literary text which will be included in the album.
Vincent's next exhibition
called "Identities!" will be at the Maison Européenne de la
Photographie (MEP) in Paris from February 8 thru April 9,
2017. By the way, the "Photography"
section of the VP Archives is now available for viewing.
The first photo below will be
featured at the MEP. It's Vincent's friend "The Bachelor" whose
clothes from Sape & Co in Paris are in the style of sapeurs. The
acronym “SAPE” means Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes
Elégantes (Society of Poseurs and Elegant People), and a sapeur is a
man who devotes his life to elegant dress.
Just when I think I've seen
every possible photo of Vincent as Le Corbusier in
THE PRICE OF DESIRE, up pops
another one. Among his many acts to discredit Eileen Gray as the
designer, Le Corbusier decided her calming, cool, pale walls would
look better covered in his paintings. Without her knowledge, let
alone consent, he set about decorating the house in his own style.
This, like much of his work, was done in the nude, though the
cinematic version has him in knitted swimming trunks. Shucks...
On Wednesday Vincent attended
the premiere of DALIDA at L'Olympia
in Paris. The second photo shows him with (L-R) producer Julien
Madon, cast members Riccardo Scarmarcio and Sveva Alviti, director
Lisa Azuelos, and cast members Nicolas Duvauchelles and Jean-Paul
Rouve. In the last two, he poses with cast members Valentina Carli
and Haydee Borelli. The theatrical release for the film is set for
January 11, 2017.
sculptor passed away yesterday. Ousmane Sow, often
called the Auguste Rodin of Senegal, who earned an international
reputation for his expressive sculptures of the Nuba, Masai and
other African peoples, died on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal. He
was 81. Back in 2002 when Sow unveiled his
statue of Victor Hugo, Vincent said, "I am moved by each one of
his works. Ousmane Sow makes me think of Prometheus, who
carved with clay. My wife and my children are Senegalais."
Here is a photograph of the sculptor that Vincent showed at the
exhibition - Recontres d'Arles - in 2014.
This past week
ALONE IN BERLIN opened in France and
Vincent conducted a few interviews. You can access the i24news
video interview by clicking on the photo below.
Le Figaro featured this photo of
Vincent online but didn't include their interview.
Here are a few questions Vincent answered for
You took nearly ten years to make this
film. Why such obstinacy?
Vincent: I read the novel by Hans
Fallada in 2007, and I had a shock. At last I heard the voices
of those ordinary Germans who had not
supported the rise of Nazism and realized
the daily life of these people who were
obliged to live with their convictions under a totalitarian
regime. My paternal grandfather was
executed very young by Franco's
fascist regime. And my maternal family had to flee Nazi Germany.
My mother was born in 1939. Her parents, like many others, chose
the exodus to the East and spent five years on the road before
they could return to their country after the war. Having German
blood begged many questions, and for
the first time a book gave me some answers. When I went to
Germany in the footsteps of my ancestors, I realized that no
member of my family had been a member of the Nazi Party.
However, not adhering was considered an act of resistance.
Why did you shoot the film in English?
Vincent: Despite the international
success of "Good bye, Lenin!"
White Ribbon", we
did not manage to attract German financiers. I was about
to give up when, in 2009, the book was released in English
in the United States at Melville House
under the title "Every
in the United Kingdom at Penguin Books
under the title "Alone in
Berlin". The novel quickly sold more
than half a million copies. So I read it in English, and then
I understood that morality was changed. That this narrative
concerned not only Nazi Germany, but any act of resistance of
any kind and wherever it may be.
The character of Escherich is interesting, because he is not
Nazi but still responsible for finding those who are considered
traitors to the fatherland. He is under a terrible pressure from
the SS. It's a bit of each of us, this character. With our
doubts, our conscience, our weaknesses...
Does the film echo the rise of populism
that we live today?
Vincent: Unquestionably. What are
these postcards if not the tweets of today? It should not be
forgotten that in the 1920s the Germans mocked the Nazis by
saying that the party would never go anywhere. History shows us
that if we are not attentive, it can happen again. The film, of
course, reflects on the rise of extremes that we see reappearing
all over Europe.
Here are a few more production
photos from HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS, filmed in Montreal last
month. Wonderful costuming!
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