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During the Lumiere Film
Festival, as is the tradition, this year's honoree, Martin
Scorcese, re-enacted the directing of "Workers Leaving The
Lumière Factory in Lyon", the first movie ever made in 1895 at the
exact same place on October 17, 2015. You can watch a brief video
at this link. Note that Vincent and Karine follow behind
Scorcese in the first seconds of the video. Love the hat!
From the archives of RTS
(Radio Television Suisse) comes a rare video of a young Vincent
Perez. As a teenager, he participated in a theater camp where the
children built castles out of cardboard and orchestrated a play.
Some of this footage, complete with sound, can be seen at this
RTS web site link. Enjoy!
Last night Martin Scorsese was
celebrated at the Lumiere Film Festival by an impressive
delegation of French and international film figures in Lyon, where
he received the Lumiere tribute. Thierry Fremaux announced, "This
festival was created to celebrate the history of cinema, as well as
passion and knowledge and Martin Scorsese embodies all these things
in an absolute way." Previous tributes have gone to Quentin
Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Clint Eastwood and Gerard Depardieu. In
attendance was Vincent with his wife.
I've posted a gallery of
photos from the Merignac Photographic
Festival. Vincent was interviewed by Fisheye magazine on his
short film "Odyssée", which debuted at the festival on
October 10th. The film was made in 2014 with ballet stars
Nicolas Le Riche and his wife Clairemarie Osta. Both were present at
the screening and took questions from a packed audience. His
portraits at the City Hotel Park will remain through December
Vincent spoke to Fisheye about
his use of a square format for "Odyssée" though he
acknowledged that the trend is in Cinemascope, which doesn't work
with capturing the body and feet of the dancers. He felt his images
conveyed a lot of emotion, choreographed with the music of Arvo
Pärt. Vincent said his new next photography project would be an
exhibition in 2017 at the MEP (Maison européenne de la photographie)
in Paris with the cooperation of its director, Jean-Luc Monterosso.
Apparently, he invited Vincent to the Merignac Photographic
Festival and the two have developed a special relationship.
While shooting "Alone in
Berlin", he became an admirer of the work of August Sander,
described as "the most important German portrait photographer of the
early twentieth century." Vincent reported, "I would like to honor
him through portraits of German heirs of that time. Maybe I would do
a book. I don't know yet."
I finally came across a photo
of Vincent's 12-year-old daughter Tess on the runway at the
Bonpoint Fashion Show earlier this month as well as another one
of Iman with her mother and then a family
On October 13, Karine attended
the ceremony in which American actor Harvey Keitel received
the Medal of Commander of Arts and Letters at the Ministry of
Culture. The woman in the first photo is Mélita Toscan du Plantier.
I don't know the connection to Keitel but I remember he attended the
Italy is hosting a rather
unique film festival called the Milano Design Film Festival from
October 15-18. It attempts to showcase the best in recent films on
design. THE PRICE OF DESIRE
apparently fits the bill and will be screened. Here's a new photo of
Vincent in his role as Le Corbusier.
1, the ARC Foundation gathered a slew of prestigious
guests for a gala dinner to benefit the
research against breast cancer at the Peninsula,
a new luxury hotel located near the Place de l'Etoile. The guest
list included Vincent and wife Karine as well as Kristin Scott
Thomas, Vincent Cassell and Virginie Ledoyen.
Every year for the past 25
years, St. Petersburg has played host to a Russian film festival
called Message to Man, which features an international
competition among documentaries, shorts and animated films. This
year it was held from September 25 to October 3 and at its closing,
Vincent was in attendance for its award ceremony. He was given a
golden statuette of a centaur for "his contribution to cinema."
Lithuanian actress Ingeborg Dapkunayte enthusiastically announced
the award saying, "I met this man in the city of Vladivostok, who I
really like. He is an actor, director and photographer! His name is
Vincent then flew back to
Paris but because his plane was delayed, he missed the Bonpoint
Fashion Show where his youngest daughter, 12-year-old Tess, was
making her first appearance on the runway with her mother and older
sister Iman looking on. Apparently Vincent finally arrived with his
suitcase in hand and joined his wife and daughters in the park for
champagne for the adults and fruit juice for the children. Clearly
disappointed that he had missed his daughter's debut, he said, "I've
got quite a lot going on at the moment." This was the only family
photo I could locate from the event but it didn't include Tess.
Later that evening, he
attended the 95th Anniversary Vogue party with Karine and
Iman in conjunction with Paris Fashion Week.
Merignac Photographic Festival will be held in France from
October 8-11. On Saturday evening, October 10 at 7 pm, Vincent will
present his 15-minute documentary on ballet called "Odyssée"
at the Merignac Ciné. The
2014 film features a pas de deux by Nicolas Le Riche and his wife
Clairemarie Osta. It was choreographed by Le Riche and represents
the crossing of time depicting the various obstacles of life.
Music is by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Vincent says, "The goal for
me is to film dance, an exercise often overlooked and which rarely
lives up to the feeling that the dancers offer on stage." Following
the screening, there will be a discussion between Vincent and
producer Emile Abimal. Admission is free with a reservation. Along
with this screening, there will be an exposition of Vincent's
photographs at Parc de l’Hôtel de Ville from October 8 to December
20, 2015. These images, half of which are devoted to dance, reveal
to the public a special passion for an artistic discipline that is
also the central theme of "Odyssée".
Here is a theatre announcement
for Vincent's upcoming stage appearance in "Les Liaisons
Dangereuses", which will also star Dominique Blanc.
On September 3 Vincent
participated in a press conference announcing the opening of a new
independent British international day and boarding school in
Crans-Montana, Switzerland. The woman in these photos is Laura
Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.
Here is a precious photo of
Vincent with his daughter Iman. I would guess the photo was taken in
I've added some modeling
agency photos of Iman. Apparently the 16-year-old
desires to follow in her mother's footsteps. I don't believe the
serious poses do her any justice because her face illuminates beauty
when it's framed with her curly hair and sensuous smile. While
visiting her Besson cousins this summer, she attended the 2015 Teen
Choice Awards, held on August 16th at the Galen Center in Los
Angeles. Check out her page. During
her stay, she paid a visit to the Trinity Boxing Club and I suspect
perhaps that's where older stepsister Roxane Depardieu is training
as a boxer. Yes, her father is Gerard Depardieu.
It appears that Vincent has
made an appearance outside the editing room in London. On Thursday
he was in Lens, Switzerland at the Fondation Pierre Arnaud, a
charitable organization which promotes the fine arts, specifically
highlighting Swiss painting. In the first two photos, Vincent poses
with Karim Sghair, President of the Regent Crans-Montana College and
Christophe Flubacher, the Fondation's Scientific Director.