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Susan Stone of
NPR recently featured a piece on ALONE IN
BERLIN. She writes:
The English translation became a surprise
hit, selling more than half a million copies, resonating with
readers everywhere, especially with Spanish-German actor and
director Vincent Perez.
"Something happened in me, it was as if something was calling
me, and I needed to tell that story,"
He wanted his film to portray the pervasive fear that dominates
life under a dictatorship.
In one scene, Otto leaves his first postcard in a busy office
building. He could be discovered at any moment: on the sidewalk,
in the doorway, on each step of the spiraling staircase.
"The fear is one of the main characters in the film," the
director says. "I wanted to fill the air, that space in the
movie with the fear."
Perez's family lived through that kind of fear. His grandfather
was shot by fascists in Spain. After Perez acquired the film
rights, he traveled to Germany to do research and learned that
his great uncle had been killed in a gas chamber, and another
uncle died fighting on the Russian front.
"I understand why I needed to make that film," he says. "Because
I wanted to tell their story. But it's not only about their
story. It's my story, your story, the story of so many millions
of people who suffered from those incredible wars — huge massive
destruction, the apocalypse fell on to Europe. We have to be
very careful not to start that again. So the movie talks a
little bit about that, too."
Distributor Munro Films has
taken rights to Mary McGuckian's biographical drama,
THE PRICE OF DESIRE for the UK
and Ireland. The story of artist and designer Eileen Gray is an
English-Belgian co-production. Orla Brady plays Gray while Vincent
stars as architect Le Corbusier. The film will be released in the UK
and Ireland on May 27 alongside a feature companion documentary
titled "Gray Matters".
In today's Le Figaro, Vincent
discusses some of his favorite Parisien spots in his neighborhood.
The actor is on stage at
the City Theatre with Dangerous Liaisons and preparing a
new album of photographs of Russia and its people. While a
student at the School of Amandiers, he lived in a bachelor
apartment near Place de Clichy. Since then he has had several
addresses in Paris and moved there three years ago to a large
apartment where he lives happily with his wife Karine Silla. She
has tastefully decorated the beautiful spaces where their three
children live. Life is quiet and harmonious.
Vincent Perez has never
settled for his acting. The film he made - Alone in Berlin,
based on Hans Fallada's novel - was presented at the Berlinale.
He is currently working on a new album of photographs with
editor Vera Michalski. It's a book devoted to photographs he
took during his years in Russia. It will include around 450
shots as a portrait of "21st-century Russians." Next year an
exhibition will complement the book's release.
Le Corbusier Foundation:
love this corner where great architects worked. I walk a lot on
foot and I particularly appreciate the Villa Flora, an amazing
building and, of course, Maison La Roche, which houses the
Fondation Le Corbusier. I played "Corbu" in an Irish film. I had
much interest in his life and his presence here affects me.
I could never live without books. My wife is a writer. She also
spends her life reading and gets up at night to write. Her
latest book, Autour du soleil, was published (Plon). At the
Librairie Lavocat, the bookseller, who everyone calls Fred, is a
man who advises very well and with whom we can have nice
conversations, deep, spiritual. A bookseller is essential. And a
neighbor is ideal!
frequent this restaurant well known for the quality of its
cuisine. Their meat is very good, but if one wants to settle
for a salad, we find it excellent. The atmosphere is pleasant
with its beautiful exterior trim, fireplace and white
tablecloths. I often meet here for business lunches but I also
like to go alone with my wife.
Fromagerie La Fontaine:
A cheese factory where we find the Tomme Vaudoise can only
please a native like me from Lausanne. But beyond the mountain
air, we find in this family house, which is one of the oldest
dairies in Paris, all the more delicious cultural foods of
France and beyond, and also homemade gingerbread, which is a
Lac du Bois de Boulogne:
home, it is very fast to the Bois de Boulogne. When I'm in
Paris, I'll run around the lake. I start to jog from home. It's
difficult crossing the bridge which spans it. There, you have to
stop, and walk and avoid breathing because it is suffocated by
exhaust and pollution pots. But in the woods around the lake, it
is a delight. I try to do this exercise two or three times a
With our children, we like to go to this real Italian
restaurant. The owner is an authentic Neapolitan and it's a
pleasure to hear it! The pizzas are delicious, fresh pasta
cooked to perfection and all that makes the charm of the
peninsula - the meats like grilled vegetables, desserts -
delights us as a family.
April issue of Marie Claire magazine celebrates
thirteen famous women and their children. Among them
is Vincent's wife Karine and 24-year-old daughter Roxane,
fathered by French cinema superstar Gérard Depardieu
years before Karine's marriage to Vincent. Roxane's siblings on her
father's side include his two children by wife Elizabeth Guignot -
Julie and Guillaume (who died in 2008) and 9-year-son Jean by Helene
Bizot. In the interview Roxane did not hesitate to announce with her
usual frankness that she lives a lesbian lifestyle. She is pursuing
her passion for boxing obviously inheriting her father's muscular
magazine headline - "Vincent Perez lights up the stage in
Dangereuses'". Thomas Jean writes,
"Eighteen years they had not acted together, the last time being
with Chéreau, their common master in 'Those
Who Love Me Can Take the Train'. They are great
friends off the set... Blanc's Merteuil is the queen of bitches and
Perez's Valmont is libidinous like no other. They make a fascinating
horny duo... The play succeeds in mixing period costumes and decor,
banter and bloodshed to make us gasp for three hours: a libertine
thriller, in fact!" The play will continue running at the City
Theatre in Paris until March 19th. After that date, three
performances will be held at the Théâtre National de Nice from
March 23-25 and finally another three at the Le théâtre de
Cornouaille in Quimper from March 29-31. One would think the man
deserves a thoroughly restful holiday after this four-month run! I
recommend a little village in the Swiss Alps called Wengen where
I've spent two holidays. You must take a cog railway to reach it.
Peace and quiet with only the sound of cowbells. Yes, no cars!
Here are two new portraits of
Vincent that I absolutely love! I think the photographer captured an
intense and intelligent maturity.
Armelle Heliot of Le Figaro
heaps praise upon Vincent and Dominique Blanc for their performances
in LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, now
playing in Paris. She describes them as a "fascinating and brilliant
couple." She writes that Dominique enchants and inspires authority
while remaining deeply enigmatic while Vincent is charming and
stunning. Her reaction to the production with its elegant costumes -
"we shiver, and we laugh and we cry..." Here's a new photo of the