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14 February 2021
For 22 years since the
creation of the VPA, I have not been able to create a movie page for
a short film called CENDRE D'OR
due to lack of information. The 17-minute film was directed by
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey in 1992 with a cast that included Vincent,
Marie Dubois, Bernard Ballet, Elisabeth Kaza and Dolorès Chaplin. I
recently came across an article about the film in the French newspaper
La Nouvelle République.
The film was shot in the
Deux-Sèvres in Western France, which has served as the backdrop for
many films. The reason this locale was chosen was because producer
Benoît Jaubert was from Beauvoir-sur-Niort. In 1992, his parents
still lived there. Hence, the setting. The story concerns a farmer's
grandson named Xavier, who returns from military service in North
Africa. He brings with him his girlfriend who he met there. In the
photo below is a very young Vincent taking a break with his
Jean-Philippe was a long-time
friend of Vincent's, sharing Swiss nationality and training at the Amandiers school in Nanterre under the leadership of Patrice
Chéreau. The director was accompanied on location by his companion at the time,
actress Marine Delterme. Also present during the shoot was actress Jacqueline Bisset, who Vincent had been dating since 1988. The newspaper
pointed out that it was strange to see this beautiful international
star strolling in her jeans around the countryside.
One afternoon in June
1992. A stubborn sun heats up the courtyard of a small isolated
farm among the cornfields near Prissé-la-Charrière. Vincent
Pérez is waiting at the entrance to the living room of the small
farmhouse. At the signal, he enters: "I have brought you my
sun". This sentence by the one who has just triumphed over
Catherine Deneuve in "Indochine" will be repeated five times
until director Jean-Philippe Ecoffey is satisfied.
For a week, the small farm
in Prissé-la-Charrière will experience a joyful bustle
punctuated by meals taken around a large table set up in the
shade. On the last evening, the actors, director, producers and
the technicians from the Moulin du Roc meet in the barn of the
farmhouse for a large banquet. With the last bite of chocolate
cake swallowed, Vincent gets up to step out onto the edge of a
cornfield and sings at the top of his lungs under the moonlight.
In honor of Valentine's Day,
we will celebrate familial love! The first two photos show Vincent's
wife Karine Silla with their daughter Tess. The second set of photos show
Karine's mother Renee, brother Jean-Baptiste and sister Virginie.
Recently twins Tess and
Pablo celebrated their 18th birthday and the proud father posted
this photo of the pair.
10 February 2021
The web site for
7ème Art Lausanne has been reworked and now contains an
archive of previous editions. If you look at the team management
page, you'll see that many of Vincent's friends and family are
involved. His wife Karine is the Art Director for Events and
Hospitality. Some of the patrons include his brother-in-law Luc
Besson and sister-in-law Virginie Besson-Silla and several actresses
he has worked with - Sophie Marceau, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Irène
Jacob and Emma Thompson.
In a 2018 interview in Polka
magazine, Vincent was asked how the idea of this celebration of
cinema came about. He responded, "I recently discovered that the
archives were stored in the village of Penthaz, fifteen kilometers
from the city. I happened to grow up there. These archives are next
to the football field where I
played as a child; two people from the
film library now live in my childhood home built by my father. It
was like a sign. I have always liked living experiences, taking on
challenges and, in a way, putting myself in danger: my first photo
exhibition at the European House of Photography in Paris in 2017, my
first photo book published by Delpire entitled 'A Voyage to Russia'
and above all, my first truly international film, 'Alone in Berlin'.
This feature film was a trigger. It took me ten years to make it and
it revolutionized my relationship with cinema. And then there is the
Lumière festival, created by Thierry Frémeaux and dedicated to
heritage films, which influenced me and made me want to share my
passion for cinema. So I started working on the project to set up a
festival in Lausanne, a city with 40,000 academics and some of the
best faculties in the world. The guiding principle has imposed
itself: to establish a link between heritage, transmission and
08 February 2021
In my last post, I mentioned
that Vincent had a special fondness for hats. In March 2018, he was
in Alessandria, Italy, and took time to visit the Borsalino
factory, the oldest Italian company specializing in the manufacture
of luxury hats. Since 1857, these felt hats have been known for
their extraordinary quality, unmistakable style and timeless
elegance. Vincent was curious how the historic hats were made so he
visited the factory and discovered how much craftsmanship there is
behind each piece. In the first photo he poses with Roberta Datola,
who's been working for the company for 22 years, and in the second
photo, he poses with a couple of the factory workers. The hat suits
I love this striking photo
taken at Cannes in 2017. When I look at it, I can't resist
singing "Puttin' on the Ritz".
05 February 2021
In a March 24, 2017 Swiss
edition of Madame Figaro, Vincent shared some of his favorite places
"This hotel is a strange marriage between glamour and
simplicity. Nestled in a garden facing the Alps, by the
lake and its banks, in Ouchy, but also ten minutes from
the city center. It enjoys an exceptional location. From
Victor Hugo to Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chaplin or Tina
Turner, celebrities have been staying there since 1861!
It gives off a unique atmosphere."
La Brasserie de Montbenon
"Everything pleases me: its historic building, its terrace, its
Vaudois products and its popular but high-quality cuisine."
"To read between two meetings. Authentic and friendly atmosphere."
"We eat well there among the musicians of L'Opera de Lausanne and
surrounded by black and white photos of the celebrities who have
La Pinte Besson and Café de l’Évêché
'You don't leave Lausanne without having, at least once, tasted a
fondue. For this, head to La Pinte Besson, one of the oldest cafes
in the city, which dates from 1780! At Café de l’Évêché, next to the
cathedral, I like the atmosphere enlivened by large tables with very
Coup de Chapeau
"A charismatic hatter where I buy my headgear. An accessory that I
wear often, I feel good under a hat."
The photo used by Madame
Figaro was actually from a 2013 photo shoot. Here are some new
It just so happens that
Vincent's younger sister Estrella is also a chapeau lover and is
a creator of some beautiful women's hats. Very talented! The
photo below of Estrella and Vincent was probably taken in the
'90s. I can't identify the man.
And speaking of hats, this
latest photo of Vincent's model daughter Iman posing for
Thailand's Vogue is embued with Asian elegance. I want to look
like this in my next life!