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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
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.
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
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
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
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.