do any of Vincent's foreign films or TV specials become available to
the English-speaking world, but the 2012 Italian TV mini-series,
IL PREFETTO DI FERRO has been
released with English subtitles on DVD and been renamed CESARE MORI.
In this two-part mini-series, Vincent plays the title role of
the real-life police prefect who was
given carte blanche to battle the Mafia in 1920s Italy by Mussolini.
When the TV film was televised, Vincent told the press that he liked
this character. He added, "When an actor has passion for a
character, it's the best thing. Mori
was a character who was very hard, closed, determined and, above all, firm
in his convictions. A determination that I've never found in the characters
I've played before." I purchased my copy from Ebay rather than spend the retail price of
$29.95. I haven't watched it yet but will give a review later.
With the publication of Karine's book, "Monsieur
est mort", I discovered three more photos. The first one was
published in Paris Match. The caption read, "French writers
Frederika Amalia Finkelstein, Gautier Battistella, Aurelien Delsaux,
Clotilde Coquet, Sophie Brocas, Karine Silla, Adrien Bosc are
photographed for Paris Match in Paris, France on July 17, 2014."
Cute photo! The second was held at a book signing on September 14th,
and the third one was taken at an annual book festival called
"Les mots doubs", which was held September 19-21, 2014.
On September 22 Vincent and his wife attended the
Norway National Ballet at Theatre des Champs Elysees. I only
came across this one photo.
latest news on the upcoming filming of Hans Fallada's book, ALONE
IN BERLIN, is that it will begin shooting in April. As director
and possibly producer,
Vincent is currently finalizing financing and refining the
cast, which will bring together Emma Thompson and Daniel Brühl
("Good Bye, Lenin!"). Describing the plot, he says, "This is a
couple who, after learning of the death of her child who was killed
on the Russian front, decide to fight against fascism. They do so
quite amazingly depositing leaflets in the form of postcards in
stairwells. This is completely absurd and totally harmless,
completely ridiculous, but it is a way to resist."
For those who don't know, Vincent's mother is
German and that side of his family never joined the Nazi party. On
his father's Spanish side, his grandfather was executed by the
Nationalists. Vincent says, "I wanted to make a film about
insubordination, the strength and courage of ordinary people. It's a
little history of my family." His goal is to have the film
ready for the 2016 Cannes Festival. Surprisingly, he admits that the
two feature films he has directed thus far were not successful.
From the Gaumont Pathé Archives comes this photo
of a young Vincent being interviewed in a cafe in 1994
- yes, some twenty years ago. He had just
finished filming "Queen Margot" which was about to be presented at
Cannes. He speaks highly of director Patrice Chereau, and indicates
he would love to work with Pedro Almodovar or Martin Scorsese. At
the time he was living with Carla Bruni and admitted modeling was a
profession not made for very manly men. However, we all know he
eventually went on to model for IKKS!
Last weekend the TV
mini-series DISPARUS was aired on
French television and reviews were very positive. Télé 7
Jours wrote, "It was a pleasure to see the
seductive Vincent Perez, whom we had not seen on television for four
years." Télé Star called the series a
"nice surprise thanks to fine performances and excellent actors"
while Télé Poche described it as a
skillfully created thriller "which marks the successful return of
Vincent was asked what was it
about the series that motivated him to return to television. He
responded, "First the director, Thierry Binisti." He had
worked with him on the set of "Indochine" in 1991 when Binisti was
an assistant to director Regis Wargnier. "And then the character. He
speaks little. We do not know much about him. It is a kind of
challenge, strengthened by his isolation on the island." Playing the
loner cop who arrives in Corsica to investigate the alleged
abduction of a child and his babysitter, Vincent says the character
appealed to him because of his flaws. He's both cynical and
Vincent had previously been to
Corsica in the tourist areas - Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio but had
never visited the west coast of the island which he refers to as a
"very wild area". However, he came to enjoy his stay. He explains,
"The villagers were adorable. Some offered me gifts in the streets,
cheese, coppa... Their generosity has overwhelmed me. I returned
from Corsica transformed." In the final scene he gets to swim naked
in some frigid waters because it was winter. He says, "The
inhabitants of Cargese wondered if we would succeed in filming that
scene." It would be interesting to know how much nudity was revealed
on French TV.
While shooting the film,
Vincent also took up boxing classes in Cargese which he calls a
"rigorous discipline" and now he continues to box practicing twice a
week. He says, "I became very athletic. And I quit smoking!"
In the latest issue of French
photography magazine Fisheye, Vincent is featured
alongside Annie Leibovitz in a spread on celebrity images. One of
his photos used was this one of Gerard Depardieu. I can't say it's
very flattering. Words like "burly" and "beefy" come to mind.
The photo below shows Vincent
taking part in the "Every Child Deserves a Family" photo project,
which is part of a compaign sponsored by the children's charity,
Naked Heart Foundation. Supermodel, philanthropist and mother of
four, Natalia Vodianova founded the charity in 2004 following the
Beslan tragedy and plays a very active role in its work. For more
information, visit the organization's
a interview for the television mini-series
DISPARUS, Vincent spoke about his
wife becoming an author. On August 21st, Karine's first novel,
"Monsieur est mort", was published by Plon. He told the press
this is an important moment in her life. Karine says her book is
fiction but is inspired by a true story. It is a novel about guilt,
forgiveness and the power of the destruction of silence. After
living in India for 15 years, a man named Vincent returns to Paris
when he receives a phone call from his mother telling him his father
has died. Gradually the reader discovers little by little through
flashbacks that when his past resurfaces, it is sometimes poetic and
happy but more often it's cruel. You can check out her interviews
via youtube.com by clicking on the two photos below. Bravo, Karine!
Here are some publicity
photos as well as a clipping from Paris Match magazine.