While I was on holiday this
month, I see that Vincent made his annual appearance at the Cannes
Film Festival. The 2018 Cannes Classics lineup included the
restored version of Cyrano de Bergerac
and, on hand, to represent the film was the director Jean-Paul
Rappeneau, Vincent and co-star Jacques Weber. The film's star,
Gerard Depardieu, was not in attendance. Rappeneau was not the first
to take up the challenge of adapting Edmond Rostand's masterpiece,
but he did a superior job with much panache. Vincent recalled the
1990 premiere at Cannes in a Renault video. Click on the photo below
to view the clip. He shares how it was one of his most incredible
moments at Cannes. There was applause at the end of several scenes,
just like at the Opera and before the movie even ended, the whole
audience stood up for a standing ovation. The applause continued
outside the theater as well. An amazing experience for the young
Flashback - 1990 Cannes premiere:
Here are some snapshots of
Vincent at the film festival. You can check
out more photos in the Cannes 2018
On May 21,
Vincent's wife Karine was present at the Atelier Lejeusne in
Paris attending the launch of the brand
New Era by her 26-year-old daughter Roxane
Depardieu. A line of T-shirts and
sweaters was unveiled featuring her artwork. Roxane is a graduate of
the Los Angeles Institute of Art.
As you may have noticed, Roxane's appearance in the
past year or two has greatly changed. In the more recent photos, she looks rather Mexican or Native American.
The braids need to go! She was once a very glamorous Afro-French young woman
as seen in the first photo below. The second photo shows a more
recent photo of her with her half-sister, Tess Perez.
Back in November, Roxane
launched her collaboration with TheFrenchKiss, which features a
Parisian brand of
bamboo and organic cotton clothing for men & women.
Attending were her mother, her half-brother Pablo Perez and her aunt
Virginie's stepdaughter, Juliette Besson. FYI, Juliette is Luc
Besson's daughter by his first marriage to Anne Parillard. He is now
married for the fourth time to Karine's sister Virginie. Life can
get fairly complicated in the fast lane.
Noticeably absent in all of
Roxane's art exhibitions and clothing launches is her stepfather
although her biological father did make one appearance. About her
affair with Gerard, Karine recently told a French magazine, "Roxane
was legitimized by Gerard well before she was born. We met in New
York and I followed him to Paris, where I discovered that he was a
little less separated than he claimed. That his life was tangled."
Indeed, he was still married to Élisabeth Guignot and four year
later, after 26 years of marriage, they did divorce. However, he
never married Karine and took up with actress Carole Bouquet. When
Karine became pregnant again in the summer of 1998, Vincent, her
boyfriend at the time, legalized their union in December that year.
I note that Karine is
occasionally referred to as "writer Karine Silla". Though she has
made her mark as a model, actress, screenwriter, director and
novelist, she seems to most often be recognized as simply Vincent
Perez's wife. She would be rightly recognized here in America for
her own accomplishments.
In an Austrian interview in April, while Roxane
was promoting the Culinary & Art Festival, of which Gerard is a
patron, she described her relationship with her father as very good
and said, "We often talk on the phone." When asked if it was true
that her famous dad drank ten bottles of wine a day in the wild
times, she responded, "Yes, that was the case. Maybe that's why I do
not like alcohol. On special occasions, I sip a glass of champagne."
Good for her!
US movie-goers are still
awaiting the theatrical release of HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS,
while it continues to be featured at international film festivals.
On June 21 it will be headed to Edinburgh. French-Canadian
writer-director François Girard’s ambitious and beautifully
sprawling film spans three centuries of Quebecois history. Starting
out with an archaeological dig in a contemporary sports stadium, the
film soon spirals back to the 17th century and a romance between a
young Algonquin woman and a French trapper, before merging into the
rebellions of 1837, when French patriots fought to escape the
English redcoats. Vincent has the role of French explorer Jacques
Cartier. New photo!
Sony Pictures Releasing have shared the first
images of LADIES IN BLACK, the new comedy drama from director
Bruce Beresford. Based on Madeleine St John’s best-selling novel,
the film is due for release in Australian cinemas on October 18,
2018. The story is set in 1959 and tells the coming-of-age story of
a suburban schoolgirl, who, while waiting for her final high school
exam results, takes a summer job at a large department store. The
film features a massive ensemble cast that includes Julia Ormond,
Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Alison McGirr, Ryan Corr, Shane
Jacobson, Noni Hazlehurst, Susie Porter, Luke Pegler, Nicholas
Hammond and, of course, Vincent. Production began in October
last year with shooting taking place in Sydney and the Blue
Sorry, no photos of Vincent. He has the
role of Magda's (Julia Ormond) Hungarian husband Stefan. You
may have noticed that it has been several years since Vincent
starred in a major theatrical release though he continues to acquire
supporting roles which, unfortunately, are neither in wide release
or successful films. I don't know how lucrative his acting contracts
are so perhaps he'll eventually drop acting and stick with his
photography. With the disappointing reviews of "Alone
in Berlin", it is doubtful he will be asked to direct again.
I've added these photos from the Schoko &
Fashion party held in January: