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In view of the number of
production photos being generated online for
ALONE IN BERLIN, I've created a
special page for those
photos. On April 17th Daniel Brühl told
the press that his scenes had been completed. He said, "My scenes
were placed at the start of the shoot. Next week I'll be working in
the US in the film, 'Captain America: Civil War.' I'm happy that I
can finally shave off my moustache this weekend!"
In an effort to keep fans
updated on the filming of ALONE IN BERLIN,
I will continue to post info and photos as they become available.
International productions in Germany tend to be based at Studio
Babelsberg outside Berlin but Vincent is shooting on location,
presently in Görlitz on the German/Polish
border. Apparently the city was never hit by WW II and it has
retained its old charm. There is very little non-period signage, as
it is not allowed, which makes it easy to set up a camera at any
street corner and shoot a period picture with very little prep.
Görlitz has recently also been used for
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" as well as "The Book Thief".
Back at home, it was girls
night out for Vincent's wife Karine and daughter Iman. Style,
glamour and hospitality came together at The Peninsula Paris’
long-awaited official inauguration with over 1,000 guests and the
finest food, wines and guest artists.
Steeped in Parisian history, The Peninsula Paris opened its doors
quietly in August 2014. However last
night, the hotel celebrated its grand opening in a blaze of color,
music and an international guest list.
watch a short video here of their arrival. Iman looks
like she was dragged to the event not enjoying the spotlight one
bit. Definitely catatonic.
ALONE IN BERLIN
is now taking place in Görlitz, Germany,
where production will continue for two weeks. Along Emmerichstraße,
one can see vintage vehicles and a butcher shop is being adapted for
the film. Even the road is being changed. About 40 meters of asphalt
was removed because Vincent wanted a cobblestone pavement in keeping
with the time period. For costumes and make-up, the House of Crafts
on Bahnhofstrasse has been selected, just a few hundred yards from
Emmerichstraße. The townspeople think it's a bit strange to see uniformed men in the middle of Görlitz.
Caravans are also lined up along the road, one reserved for the
Cast member Daniel
Brühl is no stranger to this city for he
previously filmed here when he starred in one of my favorite Quentin
Tarantino movies, "Inglourious Basterds". Tomorrow is Emma Thompson's
birthday so perhaps the production team will take time to celebrate
her 56th birthday.
And here is our director with his
stars, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson. I
cannot identify the woman and the other
man in this photo.
While her husband is in Germany, Karine is
hanging out with the girls. On April 9th she attended the
inauguration of another Comptoir des cotonniers boutique in Paris.
In the first photo, she's posing with Comptoir creative director
Anne Valérie Hash and Sarah Lavoine and,
in the second, with Marie Poniatowski.
Here's another family
photo taken on January 8th when Vincent had a portrait
exhibition at the
Galerie Cinéma rue
Saint-Claude in Paris. That's 15-year-old
daughter Iman on the left. The woman on the right is
IN BERLIN has begun filming. I am thrilled for
Vincent as he has awaited this day for years. He says, "It's been
eight years since I began the fight to make this film and I never
gave up." In a 2004 interview Vincent said that his bedside
book was Hans Fallada's "Alone in Berlin", and two years later, he
obtained the rights to the book and flew to LA to begin his hunt for
producers. He believes the novel is a very important book in German
literature. After reading it, he shared, "I felt
what it was like to be living in Germany
under the Third Reich. I understood how it was to deal with that
pressure around you." Vincent's heritage is German on his mother's
side and he discovered that his own family had resisted the Nazis
and that his uncle had been gassed by them so he has taken a deep
and personal interest in this project.
Previously the plan was to shoot in German with a
German-speaking cast, but in 2012, the decision was made to do the
film in English. Joining the production team are cinematographer
Christophe Beaucarne, production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos and
editor Francois Gedigier. Vincent's goal is to have the film ready
for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
On March 19th Vincent's wife
attended the Salon du Livre 2015 opening at Parc Des
Expositions Porte de Versailles. Karine is photographed below with
publisher Muriel Beye from Editis.
And on March 25th, she attended
the Lumiere! preview at Le Grand Palais in Paris.
With only a week away before
filming begins on ALONE IN BERLIN,
it's no surprise that Vincent was a no-show at the Jameson Dublin
International Film Festival. It had been previously announced that
he would accompany director Mary McGuckian and actress Orla Brady
for yesterday's premiere of "The Price of Desire". On the newsfront for the
upcoming German film about to
be directed by Vincent, the cast now includes British actress Emma
Thompson, German actor Daniel Brühl, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson and
Swedish actor Mikael
Persbrandt. A very international cast. And will
they all speak with perfect German accents? I find it interesting
that, like his director, Mr. Brühl's heritage is split between
German and Spanish. He's a very fine actor. Production will begin on March 27th.
Film locations will include Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz, where "The Grand
Budapest Hotel" was filmed. Wasn't that a deliriously funny
The first review
for "The Price of Desire"
comes from film critic Darren Mooney who attended the premiere.
Let's hope future reviews will be more positive. His comments
include, "the script is credibly clunky. Characters don't talk in
conversations or sentences; they offer trite clichés, "feels
like a very rough first draft", and "McGuckian's direction is as
awkward as her scripting." In conclusion,
he writes, "The Price of Desire is an interesting idea that
has been processed through to an abominable film. Both the script
and the final edit both seem several long drafts away from being a
functioning movie. There are a lot of potentially intriguing ideas
here, but the movie lacks even the basic skill necessary to tie a
functional flowing narrative together – let alone to develop ideas
about the true meaning of art." Ouch!
The second review comes from Spooool, the Irish
source for film news and reviews - "We are led to believe Gray was a
slave to her craft and would sacrifice all to the altar of
architecture. Yet this is at odds with the core story of her
relationship with Badovici. While certainly her relationships would
have no doubt impacted on her work, we get a stereotypical portrayal
of a woman besotted by her lover longing for his approval and
reciprocation of her devotion... The costumes, look of the film and
acting are all well worth enjoying. It is the material they have
been presented with and ultimately how it has been sewn together and
presented to us that is the film’s downfall. The blame for this rests
solely at Mary McGuckian’s feet."