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31 July 2016
Good news! This
fall ALONE IN BERLIN will be released in several European
UK - September 29
Netherlands - October 27
Germany - November 17
France - November 23
Here's a photo taken this month during the
shooting of Claude Lelouch's film, CHACUN SA VIE. Vincent is
shown with Jean Dujardin, Antoine Dulery and Christopher
The second edition of
the International Film Festival in Médoc, Les Vendanges du 7e Art,
took place in Pauillac from July 13 to 17
with Vincent as president of the jury. Vincent said the strength of
the films presented at the festival came from the importance of the
family. He thought they were all powerful films making the jury's
decision difficult. Commenting on the festival, he said, "I was very
touched by Caroline Bordes and Jocelyne Ayme. They did everything to
give us a wonderful week. I think this is a festival that will
continue. People are coming more and more. At the same time, it is
on a human scale, which is very nice."
10 July 2016
I thought the following photos
were rather colorful and attractive. They're a photo shoot in
conjunction with Longines Champions Tour Eiffel for Paris Match
magazine taken on June 22 in the Bagatelle gardens in Paris.
Vincent's daughter Iman is photographed with Mathilde Pinault and
Flore Giraud with a horse called Le Frison.
04 July 2016
As co-ambassador of the 6th
Festival of Chinese Cinema, Vincent attended the cocktail party
and press conference at the Hotel Meurice in Paris on Thursday, June
30th. It was followed by a photocall at the Cinema Gaumont Marignan.
In the second photo below, he is shown with co-ambassador Anne
Fontaine and Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh. For more photos,
visit the gallery page.
At the press conference,
Vincent was asked how he first became acquainted with Chinese films.
He replied, "Zhang Yimou is the first name that comes to mind for
his films, such as "Raise the Red Lantern". Also directors Chen Kaige and Wen
Jiang... The diversity of Chinese cinema is impressive and every
year I am very curious about the movies marketed in China."
Personally, several of Zhang Yimou's films stand out, my favorite
being "The Road Home" (1999) and for a barrel of laughs, check out
"A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop" (2009).
Vincent was among the guests
at the 30th anniversary party of Madame Air France Magazine.
The event took place at the Ritz Hotel in Paris on June 28th. You
can view a short video
at this link.
On June 23, Vincent was joined
by his wife at a Fred Jeweler's celebration of 80 years of
creation at the Hotel Cap Esel in Eze, France. The couple are shown with
French Socialist politican Fleur Pellerin in the first photo, with Fred president
Rachel Marouani in the second, and finally with film producer Melita
Toscan du Plantier.
new film project coming up this month is Claude Lelouch's "Chacun
sa vie". Vincent is one of its many
giant stars of French cinema. They call it the most valuable
cast ever assembled on the big screen since "Asterix at the
Olympic Games." Lelouch has made 45 films during his long
career working in nearly every genre. He is best known for his
Oscar-winning 1996 romance, "A Man and a Woman". Besides
Vincent, the cast includes Elsa Zylberstein, Pascal Elbe,
Francis Huster, Mathilde Seigner, Johnny Hallyday, Christophe
Lambert, Liane Foly, Michel Leeb, Jean-Marie Bigard, Vanessa
Demouy, Jean Dujardin, Thomas Dutronc, Gérard Darmon
and Chantal Ladesou. Filming commenced today in Beaune. The film
will follow the story of 12 men and 12 women whose stories will
intertwine around a jazz festival in the capital of the Burgundy
vineyards. Lelouch told the press, "I want to behave like a
sports coach with them and make them jump a little higher."
This next photo was lifted
from Twitter last week and shows our man with Alain Mabanckou,
one of the best known African writers in France.
Over the past month Vincent's daughter Iman
has been involved in the publicity for this past weekend's horse
event - the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping. A respected rider
herself, she had several public appearances and was also
interviewed on French television. You can view that show by
clicking on the photo below.
26 June 2016
Last month Vincent returned to
Le Régent College in
Switzerland where he again entertained both teachers and
students. In an article describing his visit on May 12th, the school reported
Behind a great actor lies a great drama teacher
Delighted to be back at Le Régent College, Vincent Perez arrived
early today to welcome the pupils as they were being dropped at
school, an amazing surprise for the children and parents alike!
The teachers and their students then gathered in the library to view
three pre-selected scenes of Fanfan la Tulipe, a 2003
cloak-and-dagger film starring Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz.
After each viewing, the actor faced his audience and, displaying
genuine interest and heartfelt complicity with the children,
answered lots of engaging questions about acting in general and his
filmography in particular.
Replying to the last question -"how did you become an actor?" -
Perez concluded the insightful Q&A session by demonstrating how true
the saying is "when there is a will there is a way". Indeed, born in
a family with no ties to the movie industry whatsoever, acting was a
young boy’s dream. Determined to make it come true against all odds,
Perez studied long and hard and realized his ambition. A powerful
lesson for us all.
The rest of the day hinged on two workshops ran by Vincent Perez.
His mission: inspire creativity as Le Régent College is getting
ready to stage its first school production, Willy Wonka and the
Chocolate Factory. Drawing on his experience as a stage actor (he
recently finished a tour playing the protagonist’s role in the
theatrical adaptation of Les liaisons dangeureuses), and as a film
director (he will soon release Alone in Berlin), he guided the
He was introduced to each young actor, was given a script and the
children played the given scene. Perez then pulled up his sleeves
and set to work. The air filled with "OK, let’s start again",
better, can you feel it?",
"keep that energy",
the momentum". Very passionate about his teaching, he snapped his
fingers, clapped his hands, twitched his face, gesticulated with
arms and legs to better convey his message, and enthusiastically
demonstrated attitudes and facial expressions.
Our young actors were exhausted at the end of the rehearsal process
but greatly inspired and bubbling with excitement and enthusiasm.
Le Régent gallery.
Earlier this month Vincent
and Karine took their two daughters to the Zadig & Voltaire
new perfume launch in Paris on June 9th. There's a good chance
Iman's outfit, designed by Chloe, could easily be mistaken for
sleepwear. We know she admires Audrey Hepburn, who's pictured in
the last photo in navy blue silky pajamas from a scene in
On June 20th Madame
Figaro featured an article called, "Who is Iman Perez,
darling of fashion and daughter of Vincent Perez?" The
magazine tells us "she quenches her followers on the social
networks of shots taken with her girlfriends, such as
actress Nora Arnezeder, and her escapades in London or Los
Angeles." She poses for Dior, Teen Vogue and for the great
German photographer Peter Lindbergh.
Love his photography!
I happen to catch "Charlotte Rampling: The Look" (2011) on
TV this week and took pleasure in her conversation with him.
And who cannot help but adore Charlotte? Wonderful
earthiness! Have you seen her in "45 Years"? A must-see! I'm
particularly fond of her Francois Ozon films and the erotic
"The Night Porter".
In a recent interview
with Vincent's wife regarding her latest book, "Autour
du soleil", Karine spoke about her childhood and her love of
Brittany where her French mother's parents lived. You can
read the article
at this link with an English translation.
10 June 2016
Today we celebrate the 17th
anniversary of The Vincent Perez Archives and the 52nd
birthday of Vincent Perez. This was the original photo used on
the 1999 home page. You may recognize it because it's a publicity
photo from his 1996 Russian film, "Ligne de vie".
On May 26th Audemars Piguet
launched its new Parisian setting located at 15 Rue Royale. Dinner
followed at the Pavillon Vendôme
orchestrated by star chef Pierre Gagnaire as well as a presentation
of the new collection Royal Oak Yellow Gold. Très
cher!! Among the invited guests were Vincent and Karine. The man in
the last photo is Francois Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet.
01 June 2016
I'm sorry for these late
updates but I was on holiday on a North Carolina island last month
and had no FTP access to upload my files.
For the second year, Vincent will be chairman of
the jury for the Médoc
International Film Festival in Southwestern France. He will be
joined by five jurors: Anne Consigny, Aure Atika, Azouz
Begag, François-Xavier Demaison and Detlef Rossmann.
The festival will be held from July 13-17.