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18 June 2015
today's NY Times: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France —
"No naked bathing,"
reads a sign on the beach here on the French Riviera.
Nudity wasn’t always forbidden in these parts. In the 1930s,
Le Corbusier would sunbathe and swim naked here (he drowned during
his morning dip in 1965). He also painted in the flesh, and covered
the walls of a nearby Modernist villa, E1027, with eight of his
murals. It caused a huge dispute between two of the 20th century’s
greatest designers. The murals were charged with provocative sexual
imagery. The house wasn’t his, but had been created by the
aristocratic Irish designer Eileen Gray with advice from her lover
Jean Badovici. Gray, who was bisexual, apparently never forgave Le
Corbusier for "defacing"
her walls. The argument is still dissected in architecture circles,
and is a central theme of
THE PRICE OF DESIRE, a
film about Gray’s life to be released in the fall.
Here are a couple more photos
taken this month at Vincent's photography exhibition in Lyon.
15 June 2015
this year Vincent will be returning to the stage. He will be
appearing in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", adapted from the novel
by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and directed by Christine Letailleur.
The cast also includes Dominique Blanc, Fanny Blondeau, Stéphanie
Cosserat, Julie Duchaussoy, Manuel Garcia-Kilian, Karen Rencurel,
and Véronique Willemaers. The Vicomte de Valmont will be played by
Vincent and the Marquise de Merteuil by Ms. Blanc. These rivals and
ex-lovers use seduction as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others,
all the while enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their
manipulative talents. Performances will be held at the following
Theatre de Liege
December 20, 2015
December 22, 2015
December 23, 2015
December 26, 2015
December 27, 2015
January 27, 2016
January 28, 2016
January 29, 2016
February 11, 2016
February 12, 2016
February 13, 2016
Vincent spent part of his
birthday on June 10th at a screening of "Those Who Love Me Can Take
the Train" at the Institute Lumiére
and the folks there responded with, "A big
thanks to Vincent Perez for his presence Wednesday Street from
1st-Film before a room packed and enthusiastic!"
In conjunction with Ireland's
upcoming release of "The Price of Desire", the long-awaited
announcement that e.1027, the legendary modernist villa in France
created by Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray, has been
restored and reopened means the landmark can finally be experienced
and appreciated by the public. That is, the portion of the public
who can afford a trip to the French Riviera. For others, the new
e.1027: The Price of Desire video game,
set for release later this summer for iOS and PC, could provide a
virtual tour through the singular seaside home. Set to function like
a mystery, the game allows players to unlock clues and explore the
home's past. I have no idea who the target
audience might be on this one! In the meantime, here's another
beautiful look of Vincent's Le Corbusier. Don't you love his style?
And will we see him in the game as well?
11 June 2015
newspaper Le Progrès published an
interview this week with Vincent regarding his photography
exhibition in Lyon. Vincent explained how he studied photography
at fifteen at the Vevey photography school in Switzerland. He
attended class twice a week and it signaled his first introduction
to the world outside of the family setting. After two years he
turned to the theater studying with Patrice Chéreau, who later cast
him in three of his films. It was on the set of "Those Who Love Me
Can Take the Train" that the photography bug bit him once more.
Vincent began taking self-portraits in his transvestite role as
He claims to be a "very classic" photographer admiring the works of
Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. He points to a turning point with
the photo of Jérôme Le Banneur, a
champion kickboxer holding his dog. He says he was at a crossroads
and with this picture, he took a direction that suited him. It
reminded him of Avedon.
When asked why he does mostly
portraits, Vincent replied, "What interests me is that moment of
sharing, which is created at the time the picture is taken. There is
this notion of exchange... When I was at Arles, alone with this
great wall of faces, I felt the presence of all my subjects as if
they were watching me. It was quite disturbing."
There is a short video of
Vincent on the Le Progrès web site,
which you can access by clicking on the photo below.
07 June 2015
Institute Lumiére in Lyon
is presenting an exhibition of Vincent's photography of portraits
and self-portraits from June 3 to July 26, 2015. The show is
presented in collaboration with the cinema gallery and Month of
Photography in Lyon. Portraits include several of Vincent's friends
- Johnny Hallyday, Gerard Depardieu, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and a
series of self-portraits. Just back from shooting his film, Vincent
will be a guest on June 10 (his birthday) at 7 pm. The discussion
will be led by Theirry Frémaux followed by
a screening at 9:00 of "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train".
Admission is free with the purchase of a cinema ticket.
02 June 2015
From Bochum, the
ALONE IN BERLIN production team moved
west to Moers for three days of filming. Shooting took place at the
old prison building. The only celebrity seen around town besides the
director appeared to be a none-too-happy Emma Thompson.
23 years ago...
30 May 2015
On Thursday the production
team for ALONE IN BERLIN was
filming in Bochum, Germany, northeast of Dusseldorf. The
courtyard of the City Hall was transformed into a movie set.
Producer Stefan Arndt said he regretted that the City Hall could not
be included because it would be too difficult to stage it in a 40s
environment. The production team included about 150 people. Often
the team was idle because the sun was shining too often. Arndt said,
"We need clouds, more suitable for gloom." The shooting lasted hours
though the result on the screen will be a maximum of one minute. A
break was taken for these photos. The description of the first photo
reads: The director (back right), the two main characters Emma
Thompson (front, right) and Brendan Gleeson (front, center), the
producer Stefan Arndt (front, left) and Uwe Schott (rear, center)
and Alison Thompson from world sales Cornerstone.
Yesterday some of Vincent's family were
photographed at the premiere of "Jurassic World" at the UGC
Normandie in Paris. That's 16-year-old Iman in the blue dress with
her mother and 12-year-old Pablo to the right. He was mistakenly
identified as his twin sister, Tess. Love that hair! The boy on the
left was a guest.
26 May 2015
The film crew for
ALONE IN BERLIN finished up in Görlitz
on May 11 and were supposedly headed to Berlin and Cologne to
continue filming. The director's chair was left behind to be
auctioned off at a later time to benefit a children's charity - the
Jahn School. The linen chair was signed by Vincent and several cast
This photos below of father
and daughter were taken in the past 24 hours but I'm not sure where.
The 2015 Cannes Film Market
with its 12,000 participants this year is an event where
filmmakers attempt to find international distribution. On May 14th
Little Film Company showed scenes from
THE PRICE OF DESIRE. Note that
the film was not actually screened. A summer launch is planned
theatrically in Ireland with more territories to follow.
07 May 2015
ALONE IN BERLIN continues in
Görlitz, Germany. An article was published
yesterday by the German press along with some
new photos. A scene
was being shot of Emma Thompson running down the street with her
brown hat askew on her head, pinching a leather bag under her arm.
If one catches a glimpse of the cordoned-off location around the old
factory, it feels as if the 40s have been restored. Along the road
are cars of that period as well as Hitler Youth posters and a shoe
store whose windows are decorated with swastika pennants. Dozens of
extras dressed in period costume await their next assignment.
Producer Stefan Arndt
explains, "The most important key scenes are filmed in
Görlitz. The home of the Quangels (played by Emma
Thompson and Brendan Gleeson), the main location for the film, is at
Emmerich Straße 40. It is a vacant
multi-family house that has been outfitted with furniture in the
style of the 40s. Arndt says, "Everything here is incredibly
authentic". This includes the historic facades and the old pavement.
Because the city has been used
in several movies, it has adopted the name "Görliwood".
Vincent professes to be a fan of the name. "I've even bought a
T-shirt with the words," he says, waxing lyrical about the fantastic
scenery and the relaxed atmosphere of the city.
The cast and crew will remain in the city until
May 12 and then further filming will take place in Berlin and
Cologne. Filming should end in early June with a theatrical release
expected in the middle of next year.