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29 April 2014
Some good news was reported today in regard to
Vincent's long-standing project, ALONE IN BERLIN.
Alison Thompson, the former co-president of Focus International,
will launch her new sales and production banner Sunray Films with
the Hans Fallada book adaptation during Cannes next month. The cast
is expected to be announced during the Cannes marche, with the
production targeting British and German actors for the lead roles.
Vincent is set to direct the script by writer Achim von Borries.
Paris Match magazine reports
that Vincent and his wife were in the states on April 24th attending
French rocker Johnny Hallyday's concert at the Fonda Theatre
in Los Angeles. While on his North American tour, Hallyday was to
share billing with Carla Bruni at the Regency Ballroom in San
Francisco the following evening. Carla was also on tour accompanied
by husband Nicolas Sarkozy so I assume that may have been another
reason for Vincent and Karine to make the USA trip.
last week Vincent was back in Russia for the premiere of his latest
film KITCHEN IN PARIS. This took me by complete surprise
because despite my continued efforts to cover his career, this one
totally slipped by me. Evidently Vincent took on a supporting role
in a Russian comedy based on one of the most successful and most
expensive TV domestic sitcoms called "Kitchen". Directed by
Dmitry Dyachenko, the film also stars Dmitry Nagiyev, Oleg Tabakov,
Mark Bogatyrev and Elena Podkaminskaya. The film premiered in both
St. Petersburg and Moscow and will open in wide release on May 1.
During his brief visit to the beautiful Russian city on the Baltic,
Vincent participated in several interviews and spent some time in
the kitchen preparing various cuisines. More details and photos will
be posted over the next couple days.
16 April 2014
spring for the past three years China has been honored in theaters
in France through the Chinese Film Festival, supported by
Gaumont and Pathé. This year Anne Fontaine
and Vincent will be ambassadors of the festival while Catherine
Deneuve will be guest of honor. From May 12 to June 24, a
dozen new films will be screened. The Festival is supported by
Gaumont and Pathé, and screenings will also take place at Cinema
Gaumont Marignan on the Champs Elysees. The festival will then
continue during the months of May and June in Marseille, Cannes,
Lyon, Bron, Strasbourg, Biarritz and Reunion Island. This year Anne
Fontaine and Vincent will be ambassadors of the festival while
Catherine Deneuve will be guest of honor.
The 2014 edition of the
Rencontres d'Arles will include some of
Vincent's photographs. Festival director Francois Hébel
has put together an exhibition called "Parade", which will run from
July to September. At the traditional press conference presentation
in Paris, Hébel discussed the show. In
referring to the works of Vincent, he said, "For there is indeed a
real photographer." Vincent will unveil a selection of portraits of
actors and actresses, a collection that has been previously
exhibited in Moscow and Vladivostock.
In today's Boston Herald, Liz Smith reminisces
about Patrice Chereau's "Queen Margot". She writes, "On
Monday, April 28, there will be a special
screening of 'Queen Margot'
honoring director Chereau at the Director's Guild Complex in Los
Angeles. How I wish that this were happening in New York! I'll never
forget staggering out of the screening of 'Queen
Margot' back in 1994. What a movie! It was
lush but grimy, romantic but filthily realistic. You could almost
smell the sweat and blood. Isabelle Adjani as Margot is dazzling,
and she is matched by Daniel Auteuil as Henry, and Virna Lisi,
vicious ambition personified as Catherine. Vincent Perez also
appeared as La Mole, Margot's paramour. Their love scenes and his
nudity were a sensation at the time." A reminder
that French label Pathe has announced that it will release the newly
restored film on Blu-ray in France on May 7th.
04 April 2014
Vincent returned to his
birthplace of Lausanne, Switzerland this past week to help promote
the opening of PUPPY LOVE.
The film had its world premiere in September at the San Sebastian
International Film Festival. While doing publicity in his homeland
where the film was shot, he made some appearances and did a
few interviews, some on radio. Here are a couple photos from his
Vincent and wife Karine attended a cocktail party
in Paris last night for the fashion launch of the collection, "Around
the Clock!" created by Sarah Lavoine and Juliette
Swildens. In the first photo, Vincent poses with actor/director
Christopher Thompson and Ms. Swildens. The second photo shows
Thompson and actor Alexandre Brasseur.
On April 2nd L'illustré
magazine published a brief article about a black and white
portrait of Vincent that's been on display at Photo Tornow in
the capital of Vaud for nearly thirty years. This week he comically
stood in front of his portrait appearing in flesh and blood for any
passerby. Vincent says he remembers his childhood as a wonderful
time and loves to return whenever he's in the area. The premiere of
"Puppy Love" was to take place in the old cinema Georve V, which is
a legendary venue for him where he remembers portraits of Cary
Grant, Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift on its walls.
The face of Vincent's 22-year-old stepdaughter,
Roxane Depardieu, is popping up more these days as she steps further
into the online world of various social networks. I came across this
darling photo of her with her parents probably taken in 1993. I also
offer this little bio she wrote about herself - "Roxane grew
up in Senegal, France, New York and Los Angeles, where she currently
studies animation at CalArts. Roxane is fascinated by the techniques
and technologies of filmmaking. She has worked in the wardrobe
department of Les Aventures
Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec and
[Written, directed and produced by her uncle, Luc
Besson]. She played the role of Manon in Un
[Written and directed by her mother]. Roxane is
currently training for the 2016 Summer Olympics where she plans to
compete as a boxer."