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30 September 2018
Beresford’s Ladies in Black opened
impressively in Australian cinemas ten days ago. Benefiting from glowing
reviews and copious publicity, the 1959-set comedy-drama looks set for a
long run. Louise Keller of Urban Cinefile wrote, "One of the best lines (about men) goes something like this: 'We
don't understand them and they don't understand themselves... they can't
manage on their own...' Then there's the lure of glamour and exotic
influences of 'continental types', like Magda's Hungarian husband (Vincent
Perez, charismatic)... Casting is faultless.
Cinematographer Peter James captures the imagery with style, while
Christopher Gordon's buoyant score keeps the mood alive."
Angus Tonkin of Film Blerg also gave praise with "Angourie Rice already has a formidable list of credits, and
here she proves her credentials as a lead. Bright and appealing, she also
receives some beautiful guidance from Ormond, who steals most of the best
lines along with her screen husband played by Vincent Perez."
Whether or not it receives US distribution is up in the air. Variety writes,
"'Ladies' should register as pleasant enough entertainment for general
domestic audiences, predominantly older females, although offshore prospects
On September 14th Vincent and Karine attended
The Kering Heritage Days Opening Night in Paris.
The following photos were
taken of Karine when she participated in the Cabourg Film
Festival as a jury member in June.
11 September 2018
Vincent is now in the US
visiting New England
today, most likely because his son Pablo is now attending Putnam
Science Academy in Connecticut. Apparently, they have an excellent
basketball program. Twin sister Tess will certainly miss him. I
love this sweet photo of her, most likely taken by her photographer
LADIES IN BLACK
premiered at the State Theatre in Sydney. September 20th is the
actual date of its theatrical release when more reviews will be
available. Travis Johnson of Filmink writes, "It’s not so
much a journey to be taken as an experience to luxuriate in, taking
in the detailed period setting, vibrant camera work, gorgeous
fashions, and winning, charismatic performances... The men are
sidelined a little but that’s to be expected and besides, performers
the calibre of Corr and French actor Vincent Perez, who plays
Magda’s husband Stefan, are smart enough to know their job here is
to accentuate the women at the centre of the film, bringing colour
and character but never overshadowing the real stars."
Producer Sue Milliken agrees pointing out that it is often difficult
for Australian films to connect with audiences internationally but
she hopes the film's inherent charm and the internationally-known
cast including Julia Ormond, Vincent Perez, Ryan Corr and
rising star Angourie Rice will resonate.
01 September 2018
Sony Pictures has
announced that director Bruce Beresford
will return to Sydney to celebrate the Australian Premiere of
LADIES IN BLACK at the historic State
Theatre on September 10th.
Set in the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and
the rise of women’s liberation is about to change Australia forever,
a shy schoolgirl takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney
department store, Goode’s. There she meets the "ladies in black",
who will change her life forever.
Though Vincent is in the cast playing Julia Ormond's husband
Stefan, neither Vincent nor Julia will be present at the premiere.
September 20th has been set as the film's theatrical release in
Australia. There are no other release dates at this time. Speaking
about the film, producer and co-writer Sue Milliken said: "Bruce and
I have always believed this film will delight audiences; it is a
life affirming story which is also a lot of fun and is so true to
Madeleine St. John’s beautiful novel."
Vincent's filmography now
includes three more films in which he takes on very minor roles.
Last summer, production began on LES ESTIVANTS (The Summer
House), written and directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Once again
playing the lead role in her film, the actress-director is joined by
Pierre Arditi, Valeria Golino, Noémie Lvovsky, Laurent Stocker,
Bruno Raffaelli and Marisa Borini (Valeria's mother who has appeared
in all her daughter's movies). It will be screened at the upcoming
Venice Film Festival next week with a theatrical release in France
on December 26.
The second film was also shot
last year. It's called 15 MINUTES OF GUERRE, a true war
story, directed by Fred Grivois. In February 1976, Somalian
terrorists hijacked a bus carrying French children in Djibouti City
and drove it to the small town of Loyada, the official border
crossing from Djibouti into Somalia. France sent a special
operations unit of the French National Gendarmerie. The hostages
were rescued under covering fire from Somali border troops and the
unit became one of France’s premier counter-terror special forces,
the GIGN. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, Alban Lenoir, Kevin
Layne Sébastien Lalanne, Michael Abitboul, Guillaume Labbé, David
Murgia, Ben Cura and Josiane Balasko. Its release date is to be
Presently filming in London is
THE AERONAUTS, an Amazon Studios production, directed by Tom
Harper. Set in 1862, the film tells the story of a wealthy young
widow and an ambitious scientist who mount a perilous hot-air
balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. As their
ascent reveals their true selves, the unlikely pair discover things
about each other and themselves that help them find their place in
the world they’ve left below. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones take
the lead roles joined by co-stars Tom Courtenay, Anne Reid, Rebecca
Front, Tim McInnerny, Phoebe Fox and Himesh Patel.
30 August 2018
Today's NY Times:
— Gerard Depardieu, a versatile international actor
whose career has spanned more than 40 years and 200 movies, has been
accused by a young actress of sexually assaulting her on two
occasions earlier this month at his home in the fashionable Sixth
Arrondissement, the French news media reported... A spokesman for
the prosecutor’s office said a preliminary investigation into the
allegations of rape and sexual assault was underway. If the
investigation warrants a formal inquiry, the case will proceed to
the next step. The prosecutor’s office would not comment further and
did not name the woman who had made the accusations. Mr. Depardieu
is the second prominent French film figure to be accused of rape
this year, after the director Luc Besson. The reaction to the
well-documented accusations against Mr. Besson has been relatively
muted when compared with similar charges against American
Strangely, Vincent's wife
Karine Silla has a child by Depardieu and his sister-in-law Virginie
Silla has three children by Besson.
07 August 2018
The biggest horse show in the world, the CHIO in
Aachen, not only offers equestrian sport par excellence, but also a
number of social highlights. The top event
was the CHIO Media Night on
July 17th. Prof. Hermann Bühlbecker, sole
owner of the Lambertz Group and a main sponsor of this glamorous
gala and co-host, welcomed many national and
international celebrities from sports, show business and politics.
Among the guests were Vincent and Natassja Kinski.
posted a new photo gallery
of a book event that took place on May 31 at the La Librairie du
Globe in Paris. "Un voyage en Russie", published by Delpire Editor,
was presented with both Vincent and writer Olivier Rolin in
attendance. Vincent's favorite quote about Russia is "The hearts of
Russians are as vast as Russia" and to represent this vastness, the
authors decided to cross the country of Arkhangelsk in the North,
Astrakhan in the South, Saint Petersburg, in the West, and Ulan-Oude
in the East. To make the portraits, Vincent was inspired by the
approach of the great German photographer of the twentieth century
August Sander, whom he admires. Like the latter, to get into the
heart of what is called cultural identity, Vincent met
representatives of different trades: carpenters, peasants, sailors,
mechanics, fishermen, artists, waiters, but also characters more
exotic like the Cossacks, the shamans, the Buddhist monks or a
"tree-man", pleading for the plant cause in the streets of
Arkhangelsk. The book is not meant to be a tourist guide. It cannot
satisfy travelers looking for curiosities or beautiful postcards.
But it can serve as a guide helping to break through the wall of
mistrust and ignorance of this country that represents a wide range
of peoples, cultures and religions.
Here is a poster from his
upcoming book exposition: