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(Hochelaga, Land of Souls) will be presented in a
special gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival,
which runs from September 7 to 17. But
Montrealers will be treated to the world première of the film,
Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. at
Place des Arts. That official première
will be preceded by a free public screening at 7 the same night at
the Imperial Cinema as part of Montreal’s 375th
anniversary and Canada 150 celebrations. Another free
screening will be held at 9:30 p.m. The director and the rest of the
film team will be present at all three. The film
synopsis reads: "In the aftermath of a tragic terrain slump in the
Percival Molson Stadium, the Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny
engages in a search for his ancestors. His findings will take us
back in time on a grand journey. From an Iroquoian massacre in 1267
to a football game nowadays, through the purple fever epidemic in
1687, the uprising of the Patriots of 1837 and Jacques Cartier’s
visit in 1535, Hochelaga tells the story of Montreal in one
single location at the foot of Mont-Royal."
Vincent has the role of famous French explorer Jacques Cartier and I
just noted that Linus Roache is included in the cast . Some of you
may remember that Linus was Vincent's co-star in the HBO film
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART almost 20 years
ago. That was the film that introduced me to Vincent Perez and the
Archives was soon created. I have always been a fan of Linus as
well. There's something very soothing about his voice.
Vincent's wife Karine has
written her third book, another familial contemporary story called "L'absente
de Noël" (Missing Christmas). Based on her own Senegal
background and blended families in her own life, Karine created a
story about a 20-year-old girl named Sophie who has decided to do
some volunteer work in Dakar but promises to be back before the
Christmas holidays. Her father Antoine, presently married to Fanny,
with a 17-year-old son Paul, did not end up marrying Sophie's mother
Virginie, who is now married to Gabriel. When Sophie doesn't return,
the members of these two families find themselves in a hotel in
Dakar, forced to live under the same roof while seeking to heal old
wounds. One of the book reviewers wrote, "Karine Silla, once again,
proves that she knows how to decipher the complexity of feelings..."
You can access a video interview with Karine
at this link.
09 August 2017
Vincent has a couple
photography exhibitions coming up. His first one called "Bolshoi"
will be held at Le Royal Monceau in Paris. Acting as a
gateway to the contemporary art scene in Paris, the
culturally-conscious Art District welcomes artists, connoisseurs and
collectors, patrons and art professionals. It plays host to original
exhibitions such as retrospectives, exclusive shows and viewings of
collections by a variety of artists. "Bolshoi" will be
held from August 31 to September 17, 2017.
Echoing the book of the same
name that will be published by Delpire Editions on October 5, the
exhibition "A Journey in Russia" offers an introduction to
the photographs taken by Vincent over the course of four trips
through Russia alongside the writer Olivier Rolin. They traveled
from Arkhangelsk in the north to Astrakhan in the south, from Saint
Petersburg in the west to Ulan-Ude in the east. Through a series of
striking portraits – of carpenters, peasant farmers, Cossacks,
wealthy landowners, artists, shamans and more – Vincent offers an
insightful and deeply humanist view of today’s Russia. His
photography also includes snow-covered cities, still lifes,
industrial sites, railroad tracks, roads stretching to the horizon,
and cruise ships in frozen lakes offering a multi-faceted vision of
this photogenic land.
The show pairs Vincent's work
– seen here for the the first time – with Olivier Rolin’s prose, for
a two-hearted, four-eyed travel journal, and a singular point of
view on a country where so much remains to be discovered. "A Journey
in Russia" will open on September 29 and run through October 28,
2017 at the Gallery Folia.
As reported last month,
Vincent attended the VR Arles Festival as a jury member. He gives an
at this link. Love his hat!
As most of you know, Vincent's
brother-in-law is Luc Besson as their wives are sisters.
Besson's latest film, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand
Planets", rumored to be the most expensive French movie ever
made, premiered at various cities around the world last month. The
film, starring Cara Delevinge and Dane DeHaan, is a sci-fi fantasy
based on a long-running French comic. Vincent and his family were
invited to the premiere in St. Denis near Paris on July 25th. The
fifth photo shows daughter Iman with her uncle.
Here are two more photos by Swiss
photographer Anoush Abrar:
Sky Atlantic's 10-episode TV mini-series called
RIVIERA was launched in June. At that time, I never came
across any photos of Vincent. I found the following stills today. He
plays a police commissioner and now we know he must have a fling.
The cast includes these women - Julia Stiles, Lena Olin and Monica
Bellucci. He's still sexy at 53!
11 July 2017
This week Vincent is attending
the VR Arles Festival as a jury member. Founded in
2016 by BNP Paribas, Fisheye and the Rencontres de la
Photographie d’Arles, the VR Arles Festival
presents the world’s best virtual reality
productions. After the success of the first festival, this year's
event is being held at the Couvent Saint-Césaire
in Arles for two months from
July 3 to August
31. The photo above shows Vincent with Benoît Baume, President and
Director of Fisheye (center), and filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius,
Vincent was asked if virtual
reality could inspire him in the future and he answered, "I
think about it for my next film that I'm developing right now. It
would lend itself quite well to virtual reality. The idea would be
to do the classic feature film and then make a virtual reality
version, because the whole thing happens in the same place on a
small sailboat. It's in my head and I've already talked to my
producers. I do not know if it will be a short version but in any
case, it makes you want to try."
Vincent's daughter Iman has
been participating in horse jumping both at the Chateau du
Versailles and at Longines. One of the sponsors for the Longines
event is Miasuki, an Italian equestrian brand of clothing. What a
classic look and these photos are gorgeous! Vincent must be a very
Here are some added black &
white photos from Cannes. Vincent is always photogenic!
When Vincent was asked
recently what it was like working with Roman Polanski on
D’après Une Histoire Vraie,
"It was like
working with a genius. It’s happened to me several times before.
I’m lucky enough to have worked with Antonioni, Ettore Scola and
Patrice Chéreau…so it’s amazing
because suddenly you realize…
ok, this is where it’s
you’re entering into the world of
those great creators, and it makes you feel that you’re doing
something important. He’s very
precise, extremely precise, but at the same time you’re free.
The rhythm is super precise but in acting you feel very free."
BERLIN hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on June 30th. In
some of his press, Vincent spoke about the casting of his film.
[Thompson] was my first choice for Anna Quangel.
I thought it would be a great challenge for her, and the way she
portrays her is marvelous, so it was a thrill to work with her.
On the other hand, it took me a very long time to find Otto, a
year and a half nearly. What was so
great was that Emma didn’t leave the
project. She stayed and she was always
there and I never felt that she had any doubts about the film.
But Brendan [Gleeson], when I met him
it was obvious straightaway. He had
that big heart. He didn’t have to show
anything but you felt it. He was so
precise in his work and so implicated, both of them really…
The way they created that couple was
And he spoke about the
feedback in Germany:
"Germany was very difficult to tell you the truth.
I think the movie touched something that the German people feel
belong to them. I think we touched a very sensitive chord.
We went to the Berlin Film Festival and it was very
tough. Festivals are very tough in general...
I mean the Berlin festival is very political so bringing a movie
like that and talking about German history in English wasn’t
what they were expecting. It was tough, but it was quite an
experience for me because I worked so hard for ten years.
At the same time "Alone in
Berlin" opens in the UK, as a film tie-in, Penquin Modern Classics
has published a new paperback edition.
Here is a new photo shoot by
Swiss photographer Anoush Abrar. The last one is the best!