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21 October 2013
On October 18th, Vincent and
his wife attended the closing ceremony at the Grand Lyon Film
Festival. Quentin Tarantino was given the Prix Lumière for his
outstanding film career. Quentin, you are awesome! And what's your
favorite Tarantino film? I love "Inglourious Basterds", but
"Reservoir Dogs" is a close second. At the ceremony Tarantino was
graced by the presence of some of his favorite actors. Uma Thurman
was beaming and never looked more stunning. That dress! I fell in
love with Uma when she did "Henry and June"
and quickly became fascinated by Miller's muse, Anais Nin ("We write to
taste life twice" and "We see things as we are, not as they are.")
My admiration for Harvey Keitel goes all the way back to "Mean
Streets" and I don't think I've ever missed a Tim Roth performance.
Heck, I've been going to the cinema for over 65 years!
The following afternoon, on
the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Lumière Institute, a
special filming took place to commemorate the invention of cinema.
On March 9, 1895, Louis Lumière created 45 seconds of film. In 1995,
a reconstruction of the historical scene took place and this second
reconstruction on Saturday included several actors and actresses,
including Vincent and Karine. That's Harvey Keitel with his son in
the first photo.
17 October 2013
Though yesterday was a day for
grief, it was apparently also the day to celebrate the French
premiere of brother-in-law Luc Besson's latest film, "Malavita"
("The Family"). From the synopsis, I gather the movie plays out like
a comedic crime thriller. The film, starring Robert DeNiro, Michelle
Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, was written and directed by Besson.
The photos below show Vincent and Karine at the Europacorp Cinemas
This morning a memorial
ceremony was held for Patrice Chéreau in the
Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. I remember the church during my
first trip to Paris in 1972 since we were staying nearby. A very
beautiful church to be honored in. And many honored the famed
director on this gray and wet day. Chéreau's funeral brought
together the world of culture and government. President Francois
Hollande and his wife were greeted by Father Jean-Loup Lacroix who
officiated. There were white flowers, church bells chiming and
lovely music. Besides other political dignitaries, many faces were
familiar from the cinema world - Charlotte Rampling, Valeria Bruni
Tedeschi, Pascal Greggory, Isabelle Huppart, Charles Berling and, of
course, Vincent accompanied by his wife.
Tributes continue in the
entertainment world following the announcement of Patrice
Chéreau's death on October
7. His funeral, scheduled for Wednesday, will certainly gather his
admirers. Vincent was quoted in French newspapers today as saying,
"With the death of Patrice, I lost a second father... You always
want to please your father. Throughout my acting life, I did not
want to disappoint Patrice... He had a way of getting into your soul
and flesh." Vincent had recently reconnected with his former mentor
with Patrice writing, "I hope to get better." Here is a photo of the
pair taken on November 13, 2006.
During the San Sebastian Film Festival,
Vincent posed for this photo shoot. He seems rather stiff, don't you
think? This collection certainly doesn't reflect his personality. He
can do that serious look and it's usually sexy, but here it just
looks flat and anal. It's hard to believe the photographer knew his
subject very well.
Patrice Chéreau, the
accomplished French director, died yesterday following a battle with
lung cancer. He was 68 years old. Of all his films, the one that
will perhaps be remembered most vividly is "La Reine Margot",
starring Vincent, Isabel Adjani and Daniel Auteuil. The film won the
Jury Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and also received five
César Awards. Though he gained a measure of international renown for
his films, his work as a theater and opera director formed the
backbone of his career. Vincent studied under him at the Théâtre
Nanterre-Amandiers and also appeared in his films, "Hotel de France"
(1987) and "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train."(1998). The
two photos below show Chéreau directing Vincent.
On September 26th, Vincent and
his wife attended a cocktail event called "Merci Fashion Week
Party". Fashion designer Juliette Swildens was asked to create a
line exclusively for Paris Fashion Week. Oddly enough, I actually favor this "Yepa" collection,
which reflects bohemian chic. The collection will be presented
through October 12th.
This past weekend
PUPPY LOVE had its world premiere
at the San Sebastian Film Festival, now running through September
28th. This co-production between Belgium, Switzerland, France and
Luxembourg is competing for the Premio Kutxa, a category dedicated
to new directors. The film is also in competition at the 9th Zurich
Film Festival, which begins tomorrow. You can view the trailer
at this link. In a review at Cineuropa.org, Domenico La
Porta writes, "Thanks to solid actors directed in a modest and
sensitive manner, Delphine Lehericey is able to draw a both
universal and intimate portrait of a teenager in crisis who is
discovering her body and desires but also her own values in her
emotional relationship to sexuality... Set in between the sexual
liberation of the 70’s and the arrival of the Internet, 'Puppy Love'
benefits from an original soundtrack by Belgian electro-pop band
Soldout." For more photos,
check out the film festival page.
On Monday Vincent Perez attended
the Audi e-tron party at the
Cultural Center L'Electric Paris. It was a night
for Audi to celebrate its new A3 Sportback e-tron model. The first
photo shows Vincent with actor Pascal Elbé.
On the same night Karine
attended the "J'aime la mode" cocktail event, hosted by
Chef Thierry Marx at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental in Paris.
On September 19th Vincent
attended the premiere of "Miele" at the UGC Cine Cite des
Halles in Paris. He's pictured below with Marrakech Film Festival
director Melita Toscan du Plantier.
of THE PRICE OF DESIRE has
ended after five weeks of intense shooting at the
Mediterranean villa called E1027. The villa, which overlooks the sea
on a coastal path between Monaco and Menton, was recently restored
and will be open to visitors soon. The film crew installed replicas
of its furniture prototypes as well. According to director Mary
McGuckian, it took about eighteen months to document and better
understand the "mixture of admiration, rivalry and jealousy" between
the architect Le Corbusier and designer Eileen Gray. She insists
that going into a Ikea store, you can trace each piece to Eileen
Gray. That tells me I'm not an admirer of the bisexual feminist
artist! Vincent had this to say about the film: "Without
asking permission, Le Corbusier defiled the house as if to mark his
territory. He drew seven murals. From the moment he drew these
paintings, it felt like a kind of rape to her. This film tells their
On Tuesday evening Vincent and
his wife attended the launch party of Lui magazine.
Nineteen years after the end of its publication, the magazine
celebrated its comeback in kiosks. For the occasion, editors
Jean-Yves Le Fur and Frederic Beigbeder gathered all their friends
at 34 Avenue Foch in Paris.