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27 August 2013

Many more photos have been released on the filming of THE PRICE OF DESIRE at Eileen Gray's iconic e1027 Villa in Roquebrune Cap Martin. (Follow the above link). There is also a two-minute video clip of the shoot, which can be accessed here. Be sure to open up the video to full screen. I think they've done a decent job of aging Vincent with the baggy clothes, hair, make-up and added liver spots and you can see how he carries himself as an older man. Here is a quick overview of Vincent's character:  Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965), was an architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout Europe, India, and America. He was a pioneer in studies of modern high design and was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities.

21 August 2013

THE PRICE OF DESIRE production is shooting on location at Eileen Gray's iconic e1027 Villa in Roquebrune Cap Martin and has completed photography in Vezelay, France, and at Monev Studios in Brussels. Belgium, where many of Gray's Parisian interiors were faithfully re-created  The film is an Irish-Belgian co-production with Mary McGuckian directing.

The role of architect/designer Gray has gone through some changes since the cast was first announced. Initially Winona Ryder was on board in February 2012, and then in May 2013, it was reported that Shannyn Sossamon was taking over the role and then at the last minute, Dublin Actress Orla Brady was brought in. The plot follows Gray’s rivalry with her nemesis Le Corbusier, (played by Vincent) who defaced her moral right to be recognized as the author of her own work in design and architecture. Director of Photography is Stefan Von Bjorn, who brought his technical mastery of digital cinematography to lense the picture in architectural anamorphic and award-winning costume designer Peter O'Brien, dressed the period. As unit photographer, Julian Lennon has created an exhibition level collection of stills and portraits of the lead actors. Canadian singer Alanis Morissette and Italian actor Francesco Scianna play Gray's lovers, Marisa Damia and Jean Badovici.

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PUPPY LOVE, Delphine Lehericey’s first feature-length film, is to world premiere at the forthcoming prestigious San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs September 20 to 28, 2013. It will be featured in the Premio Kutxa-Nuevos Directoros (New Directors) section for first and second films competing for prizes worth 50,000€. The film tells the story of Diane (Solène Rigot), a slightly enigmatic reclusive adolescent who takes care of her younger brother Marc’s education and who has a very close relationship with her father Christian (Vincent Perez). The arrival of charismatic and easy-going young English Julia (Audrey Bastien) in the neighbourhood turns Diane’s daily life upside down. For Diane, who is struggling hard to break free from childhood, it is to become a semester of the most shocking and profound experiences of her life. The closer she gets to Julia, the more she ignores all moral restraint, without thinking of the consequences and without curbing her lust. The film was made with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and Voo and is an Entre Chien et Loup production, co-produced with Liaison Cinématographique, Box Productions, Juliette Films, Casa Kafka, Belgacom and RTBF Television. International sales are handled by Latido Films and the film will be distributed in Belgium by Dreamtouch and Switzerland by Film Coopi. With an attendance of over 155,000, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, established 1953 and recognized as an A Festival by the IFFPA, is Spain’s most prominent film festival.  

16 July 2013

The German media in Leipzig is reporting today that Ralph Fiennes and Emma Thompson will take on the lead roles in ALONE IN BERLIN, based on the 1947 Hans Fallada bestseller. In 2006 Vincent and Stefan Arndt obtained  the rights of the classic German novel based on the true story of a working class husband and wife, Otto and Elise Hampel, who committed actors of civil disobedience in Berlin during WWII. The book has the suspense of a John le Carré novel, and offers a visceral, chilling portrait of the distrust that permeated everyday German life during the war. After reading the book, Vincent said, "I felt how it was to be living in Germany under the Third Reich. I understood how it was to deal with that pressure around you." Vincent's heritage is German on his mother's side and he discovered that his own family had resisted the Nazis and that his uncle had been gassed by them so he has taken a deep and personal interest in this project, which he will direct. Original plans called for a German-speaking cast but last year the decision was made to do the film in English. No date has been given for the start of production. Personally, I'd rather see a German film with subtitles, or at least actors with German accents. Though "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008) was a superb film about a WWII concentration camp, one had to overcome the ridiculous British accents of the Nazis.

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I came across this batch of wonderful photos taken in Vladivostok, Russia, during an interview in May of 2011. Enjoy!



03 July 2013

The Irish Film and Television Network announced yesterday that director Mary McGuckian’s THE PRICE OF DESIRE will soon get a start date for principal photography.  Describing the film, McGuckian says, "It will be about the way she (designer Eileen Gray) underpinned 20th-century architecture". She says that much of the story will be focused on Gray's relationship with Le Corbusier, played by Vincent.

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When there are Parisian fashion events, there's a good chance you'll spot Vincent and his wife. On June 25th, they joined other celebrities for the opening party for the boutique Stone à Paris.




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