NEWS:  JULY 2012


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31 July 2012

Here are more photos taken on location while filming Europa Corp's UN PRINCE PRESQUE CHARMANT. I assume they're fans and not cast members. With Vincent's extensive work schedule over the past few months, I'm not surprised that he looks a wee bit tired. Let's hope he gets some quiet time with his family this summer.

LINES OF WELLINGTON will be among the films in competition at the 69th Venice Film Festival, running from August 29- September 8. The film begun by Raúl Ruiz, but completed by his widow and longtime editor Valeria Sarmiento, sports an international cast - Portuguese actors Nuno Lopes and Soraia Chaves, Spanish actress Marisa Paredes, American actor John Malkovich, and French actors Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Elsa Zylberstein, and Christian Vadim and, of course, Vincent. There will also be guest appearances by Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Michel Piccoli, Chiara Mastroianni, and Malik Zidi. Here's a production photo showing Vincent hanging out with John Malkovich between takes.

Director Valeria Sarmiento was first discovered with "Notre mariage," which won the Grand Prize for best new director in San Sebastian in 1984, then went on to make, among others, "Amelia Lópes O'Neill," which competed at the Berlinale in 1991, and "Elle," which competed in San Sebastian in 1995.  "Lines of Wellington" was produced by Paulo Branco for Alfama Films and co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and notably received support from ARTE France, ICA, RTP,Canal +, and Cofinova. Made on a budget of €4.8m, with 65 % of funding from France and 35 % from Portugal, this feature will be released in France on November 21 by Alfama Films, who are also in charge of international sales.

07 July 2012

As France prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war in Algeria, the new film, CE QUE LE JOUR DOIT A LA NUIT, ("What is the day to night") directed by Alexandre Arcady,  tells the story of a young boy torn between two identities. Film previews have taken place at the Pathe Messena in Nice on June 29th and at Le Prado in Marseille on July 5th. This is a historical saga of Algeria from 1930 to the present day as seen through the eyes of a young man who grew up in the Blackfoot community. Born in a ruined farmers family, Younes is taken from his mother at the age of 9, then raised by his oncle, notable in Oran. Married with a French woman, the man wants to give a better life to this young and charming boy. Younčs is a part of the pied-noir youth of the 1950's. His life is about to be disturbed by the incoming conflicts that will change the country. The film will have a theatrical release in France on September 12th. These photos were taken from the trailer.

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Last month I reported Vincent was working on a Luc Besson film called "Le Parcours", which has since been renamed UN PRINCE PRESQUE CHARMANT.  The first production photo shows Vincent at a Renault dealership in the small village of Avernes on June 23rd. He's purchasing a car in front of the cameras. Director Philippe Lellouche explains he has chosen this French region because he wanted "landscapes typically French, but not something Parisian. We imagine that my hero is on the southern route." The films tells the story of a selfish and unbearable businessman who gets stuck in the middle of a general strike at a time when he must attend his daughter's wedding. His race to try to arrive on time will turn into a journey of initiation that will allow him to rediscover love. Produced by EuropaCorp, the romantic comedy will be released in French cinemas on January 9, 2013.

03 July 2012

On June 23rd French designer Tony Lemale attended a special evening to celebrate Vincent's photo exhibition at the BHV Observatory. He called it "an evening of unparalleled refinement with an exquisite cocktail of personalities who came to support Vincent - Luc Besson, Ines de la Fressange, Laetitia Hallyday, Kenzo Marc Levoine, Francois Pinault..."

The rotunda will continue to host this "accidental art", a series of subliminal images captured by the poetic eye of Vincent through August 25th. The web site of Actualite Photographique featured an interview with Vincent about his exhibition. Here are some of the questions and answers loosely translated. He explains, "This passion for photography has always pursued me and, like all passions, they always follow us. Photography is in me. It burns in me and needs to be expressed."

What does photography mean to you?
Testimony, infinity and also a fixed time; therefore, a contradiction. It allows me to live as a little fellow artist... I need to express myself in another way. The photograph is expressive of the frustrated painter in me. It makes the heart beat. I've always been in love with photography. I love the photography of another era which reflects a time. I am fascinated by old photos.

Is there a photographer in particular who inspired you?
Many! Irving Penn is my absolute master because he managed to go into fashion, and yet in fine art photography. I love Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, witnesses of their time. There are so many great photographers. I love the portrait. I had the chance to meet Newton, and through my work, I was able to address some photographers like Patrick Zachmann, a Magnum photographer, who came onto the set of a Russian film. Bruce Weber is another.

Why photography as you approach 50? Is this a midlife crisis or a sign of maturity?
This is perhaps the midlife crisis! (laughter)  No, I think it's maturity, the decision in my life to devote time to this little artist in me. Also it was time to put my photos in some order. I have taken pictures for a long time, and each time I saw them, it made me sick at heart that I did nothing with them. It took me almost a year to put them into order.

Usually I do portraits. My desire isn't to take pictures for magazines. I need to be free and, therefore, what interests me is to make proposals. My first show was in Russia last year as far as possible, because I was a little afraid to show my photos in Paris. In a museum, I exposed some sixty portraits of artists in black and white.

Then I was offered this place, the BHV Observatory, for a new exhibition. My first idea was to make a "Paris vu par" but this topic was a little scary... I wanted to follow in the footsteps of those great masters of photography. Then I spoke with Auguste Chantrel, an architecture student. I asked him to give me a hand, to identify the theme a little better that wanted to use in Paris.

He then spoke about "urban teratology", architectural elements which, over time, transform and become original.
With some architectural elements that I photographed, one wonders what they are today, but they release something, an emotion that touches me deeply. I came into "accidental art", a little world in the streets of Paris, which moved me deeply... Some of my images are closer to a painting. I grew up wanting to become a painter, so perhaps it's the painter in me that dreamed to speak! I also play with textures, the idea of relief. I'd like to experience this in other cities - New York, for example. I have found it fun to move toward the abstract. I love playing with prospects, with light colors. Through this, I discovered the digital world, which made me want to go in that direction.

For this exhibition, did you use digital or film?
Digital, the 6x6. I love the loins, the polarity. I love the silver. Most of my appliances are silver. For these pictures, I had to rent equipment.

The name of your show is "Material and Sentiments". Could this be the title of a film?
An art film then!

If you had to choose between being an actor or photographer, what would you choose?
Today, I cannot choose. It's as if you asked me if I'm German or Spanish. The two complement each other, as the job of director helps me do the scene with my images. I cannot be an actor without being a director. Today, photography is enmeshed in directing. There is the still image, but there is even a look staged in the eye. My director's eye plays on my photographer's eye, and vice versa. It really is the staging in a large exhibition project. With my first movie, I framed it virtually from beginning to end.

What is your favorite photograph and why?
(The one featured below) There really is a sense of relief, and how the cohabitation between the stone and the plant is made and how these two elements support each other and live together. It's very interesting. There is something that really speaks to me. Also in the texture of this picture... The paint... It's almost alive.



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