It's been 14 years since the creation of The
Vincent Perez Archives!
Happy Birthday to Vincent who turns 49 today!
reported earlier, Vincent attended a special screening of LA
REINE MARGOT at Cannes last month. It was 19 years ago that he
climbed the famous steps with director Patrice Chéreau and fellow
cast members. Dior Magazine asked him what it was like to revisit
the film. He responded, "It was quite grueling in that I had a lot
of emotions watching the film. It was a nice surprise in that it
held up really well. It hasn't changed. It hasn't aged. I think it's
Chéreau at the top of his craft." When asked about his favorite
Cannes memory, he described the screening of CYRANO DE BERGERAC
in 1990, which was his first time at the famous festival. When the
film's cast ascended the steps, crowds of people who had already
seen the film began applauding. During the screening, the audience
would continually clap after each scene. When the credits rolled up,
there was a grand ovation with everyone standing and applauding.
Even when they exited the theater, there was more applauding in the
streets. Vincent said, "It was something I never again experienced
at Cannes." I have scoured the Internet for a photo of Vincent at
that special event but could only come up with a Getty image and
also a photo from the film's premiere on April 13th.
As many of you know, Vincent's
wife Karine Silla is an actress, writer and director and
sister Virginie works as a producer for husband Luc Besson.
They were interviewed during the Cannes Film Festival last month for
Journal du Dimanche. It doesn't make sense that they only published
a photo of Karine but I have included a previous photo of the two
seem very close despite your seven years apart...
Karine: When Virginie was born, I
had a maternal transfer. As soon as I took her in my arms, I said I
would protect her from everything. I never had any other feeling
than love for her. This, I admit, was sometimes a little muffled.
Virginie: Our relationship has
always evolved over time. When I was small,
I was mostly her doll [laughs].
Journal: Due to the occupation of your
father, you had a very cosmopolitan childhood...
Virginie: Mom was Breton and
into therapist training and Dad was a
Senegalese diplomat with the UN. With our
brothers, we traveled to wherever Dad took
positions. I was born in Canada and Karine
in Senegal. But we also lived in Gabon, Chad, Mali ... We
moved every two or three years.
Karine: And every summer, we went
to our maternal grandparents in Fougeres, Brittany. For us, this
joyous interlude meant spray and cold!
Journal: How did you each arrive in the
world of cinema?
Karine: When I was young, I wanted
to become a dancer, but after getting a
badly injured knee, I went to study in New York and I started there
as a model before becoming an actress.
Virginie: I was
dreaming of becoming an airplane pilot
before discovering my myopia...
When Karine joined
the shooting of a film in Guyana, I fell in love with the world of
cinema. On the way home, I told my parents
that I wanted to become a film producer.
Journal: And your husbands work in the
same environment as you...
Virginie: Well, that's
the logic of the environment [laughs].
Karine: Coincidentally, especially
because we are all family, we have lived
in the same building for twelve years. It is Luc
who proposed it. We love the tribal spirit,
especially for our children.
Journal: And it is
true that you each have a large family.
Karine: I have four children
- Roxane, (daughter
of Gerard Depardieu), Iman,
and twins Pablo and Tess.
Virginie has three
- Thalia, Sateen and Mao,
plus stepdaughters Juliet and Shanna. That
makes for great dinners
at Christmas and birthdays.
Journal: What do you
have in common?
Virginie: We read a lot...
Karine: We are very girly.
Virginie would rather
wear skirts and heels, and I prefer
bohemian chic with lots of bracelets.
Journal: And your differences?
Virginie: I organize dinners...
I'm a homebody.
Karine: I do not share her
passion for scuba diving and, unlike me, she has
never set foot in a gym.
Journal: What do you envy
in each other?
inner strength, drawn young in the Catholic religion, and her
gift of mimicry. Karine makes me laugh out
Karine: Her approach. She produced a film with John Travolta
who told me: "Wow, how it excites your
Journal: A nice shared moment?
Virginie: The birth of Roxane. I
was in the delivery room and it was I who gave her
Karine: A three-day backpacking
hike in the Morvan a long time ago ... Oh,
and if we set off again, to camp one day
Since his attendance at the
Cannes Film Festival last month, Vincent has continued to pop up at
film premieres and other social events. Yesterday he and his wife
attended the premiere of "Les Petits Princes" and the cocktail party
that followed at Hotel Fouquet's Barriere. The woman in the last photo is
actress Marisa Berenson. That name may sound familiar in the US
because her sister Berry, widow of Anthony Perkins, was killed in
the first flight to hit the World Trade Center.
On Monday evening, Vincent attended a special
screening of the restored film, "Plein Soleil" at the French
Cinematheque. The 1960 classic, directed by Rene Clement and
starring Alain Delon, was based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, "The
Talented Mr. Ripley", which was directed and adapted to the screen
in 1998 by Anthony Minghella.
The previous night Vincent and
wife Karine attended a Habitat
1964 event. Habitat Vintage has just opened near Paris, in
Saint-Ouen, which is renowned for its alleyways full of second-hand
shops. It’s a 300 m² store dedicated to the resale of furniture and
accessories from the collections of the 60s to the 90s. Located at
the heart of Rue des Rosiers, Habitat 1964 is for lovers of
On May 27th, Vincent and
Karine attended the premiere of "The Hangover, Part III" at the
Normandie Champs-Elysées in Paris.
On the same day, he also made
an appearance at the Tennis French Open as patron of
the Association 'Enfants & Sante'. You can find
more photos on the 2013 Special