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The Franco-German Commission decided during its
meeting on April 8th in Paris to fund four promising coproductions,
including Vincent's upcoming film project, ALONE IN BERLIN,
based on the bestseller "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada. The
film, which will be directed by Vincent,
obtained 120,000 euros for X Filme Creative Pool (60%) and
70,000 euros for Master Movies in Paris (20%). Great Britain is a
coproducer at 20%. I'm sure this financing is an
answer to some prayers and perhaps filming will begin this year.
Over the past week, Vincent's
20-year-old stepdaughter, Roxane Depardieu, has been spotted
strolling along the streets of New York with her famous and
controversial father. Gerard is in town working on a film about
Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Note that Roxane is addicted to her cell
phone. Nasty habit. I want to scream - Live in the moment and be
present! And despite the fact that she grew up in a home of
fashionistas, it looks like she favors her father's grunge style. I
was hoping Roxane would be focused on her education at this time and
not just doodling around like so many other celebrity children.
These days it seems to be a curse to be born to someone famous.
Here is an update on Vincent's
next film project with production beginning next month in Belgium.
THE PRICE OF DESIRE, a film about the Irish avant garde
architect, Eileen Gray, stars Winona Ryder in the title role and
Vincent as her fellow architect Le Corbusier. The film will be
directed by Mary McGuckian and it has just been announced that Irish
couturier Peter O'Brien is the lead costume designer. The Dubliner
has been enlisted to produce the wardrobe for the cast. Though he
has been involved in stage productions, this will be his first
project for the silver screen.
Filming will take place at
E1027 where painstaking renovations are almost complete. A bit
strange to name a house in a code! Apparently, it stands for a
numeric code for the joint initials of Eileen Gray and her lover,
Jean Badovici. The villa overlooks the Mediterranean at
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. Badovici had kept E1027 after his and
Gray's split in 1932 and to Gray's astonishment and anger, invited
Le Corbusier, by then a regular visitor, to decorate its walls with
murals in his characteristic, crude, Picasso-esque style - which he
customarily executed while nude. While others have
interpreted this as an act of envy and covetousness, Gray called it
Apparently, in 1949 Le Corbusier went on to publish photographs of
the murals without accrediting the house to Gray, thus providing the
tenuous crux of the film's plot. One question - will we see Vincent
butt naked again???
appears to take pleasure in his multi-trips to Russia over the past
year. He was in Moscow once again on the evening of March 6th
trying his hand as a chef at a master culinary class given at a
restaurant called Steak. Several of his friends were also in
attendance, such as Bolshoi dancer, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who he has
photographed for his exhibitions, and actress Anastasia
Zavorotnyuk. Several years ago, Vincent starred in "Apocalypse Code"
with Anastasia so they were happy to see each other again. They
talked about children, new projects, and remembered funny episodes
from the shooting. The climax of the evening came when Vincent
prepared a special chocolate dessert, which was successful, and the
invited were able to enjoy a truly fragrant treat. The event
continued with singing and dancing and this
photo gallery will attest to a
During his stay in the Russian capital, Vincent was interviewed and
asked to give his thoughts about cooking. "I cook, but not often.
Frankly, my wife is an excellent cook, and does it so well that I
cannot compete with her. But I can cook Italian food, for example,
or red meat. But I especially love healthy food. They say that men
are better cooks, but there is nothing more delicious than old
family recipes prepared by a grandmother. This is common for both
Europe and Russia. By the way, Russian cuisine is quite diverse. I
recently visited Vladivostok and tried scallops that were cooked
beautifully. I'm still in love with raw and smoked fish,
prepared in Russia and, of course, dumplings."
And on the subject of the opposite sex, Vincent
expounded, "I have always loved women. I grew up surrounded by
women, and I'm closer to them than to men. Female presence balances
me. In general, women are the foundation of balanced families. The
most important thing for men is to respect women, and show no
violence against them. It is painful for me when a woman is
Does Vincent regard himself as a happy man? He replied, "I am very
happy in my family life as a husband and as a father, but as an
artist and actor, there are still many projects that I want to
realize, and when it doesn't happen, I cannot feel happy. We are
creative people so each day starts with a dream."
Last week Vincent attended the
Russian international film festival called "Spirit of Fire",
which took place in Khanty-Mansiysk from February 22-28.
FYI, Khanty-Mansyisk is an autonomous area located in the central
part of Russia, in the centre of the West Siberian Plain. The area
is Russia's main oil and gas region and is one of the world's
largest oil-producing regions. Economically rich, the government of
the region puts a lot of money into cultural life and cultural
education of the youth, including sports. With Russia about to host
the 2014 Olympics, this year's festival was devoted to physical
culture and sports. Vincent was invited as a special guest to accept
an award, introduce the screening of his film, "Tomorrow at Dawn"
and exhibit 12 of his photographs from his Moscow Exhibition.
An opening press conference
was held, attended by Vincent, Festival President Sergei Solovyov,
Vice President Maria Zvereva and Chairman of the Selection Panel,
Andrew Plakhov. The gal sitting next to our Swiss star is his
translator. Vincent spoke about his pleasure working with Russian
filmmakers. He said, " If it wasn't for Russian culture, I would
never have become what I am now. When I was 15, I wanted to become
an actor. My idols were Marlon Brando and James Dean. They both
studied at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. I began to gather
information about the studio and learned about Stanislavsky and
bought his book. It was a shift in my consciousness! He completely
changed my ideas about acting. I began to delve into the subject
further and came to another key figure - Michael Chekhov. These two
persons can be said to have fashioned me into the person I am today.
I am struck by the characters of Russian literature. They are
amazingly versatile and deep, including the villains whose actions
go so far that they are amazing."
In the photos below, Vincent
is accompanied by his translator as he walks the gauntlet
of fans and paparazzi
down a red carpet into the cultural
center for the opening ceremony. Note
that the red carpet is barely seen through the snow!
During the opening ceremony,
Vincent was recognized for his outstanding contribution to world
cinema. In the photos below, Festival President Sergei Lolovyov
presents an honorary Golden Taiga award.
Vincent was happy to bring
along his photographs. He said, "When Maria Zvereva invited me
to come, I immediately agreed. I already had an exhibition of my
photographs in Moscow - pictures of artists of the Bolshoi
Theatre. Now I will have the opportunity to present 12 photos of
went to the recreation center, Urman-Berezovka,
and donned a red snowsuit. He was
invited to ride the hills and fly in a balloon.
Thoroughly frozen after the snowmobile
ride, Vincent returned to the lodge, lunching on
a whitefish soup,
homemade bread from the oven and cranberries and sugar.
Before his departure
Vincent admitted. "It's such an
inspirational city! I feel like I've seen
a different world! " For more photos, visit
the festival gallery.
In an interview during the
festival, his latest film,
"Un Prince (presque) charmant", was
mentioned and Vincent was asked about playing a banker in a midlife
crisis amid the crisis taking place in France." He replied, "It is
trite to say, but cinema is the mirror of society. France is seeing
a difficult time. The rich will not pay taxes. The left came to
power. Strikes take place every week, but not only in France, it is
also the case in Italy and Spain."