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Amazon Prime Video is offering
15 MINUTES OF WAR (aka
L'intervention) so I made time to watch it this week and would
recommend it as an excellent sniper film. I read that director Fred
Grivois had cast Vincent in his first short film saying, "I love
working with him. His natural demeanor has proven to be
perfect for playing an old-style Legion General."
Yes, Vincent plays this cigar-chomping General Favrart who rarely
parts from his cigar, evoking the swagger of George C. Scott in
"Patton". Certainly a unique character for Vincent to play.
26 December 2019
The second edition of the
International Political Film Festival was held earlier this
month. At the closing ceremony at the Salle du Dôme on December
14, a tribute was paid to director Stephen Frears and Vincent. The
festival described the Swiss actor/director as a "key figure in the
French-speaking film landscape, who has notably played in
de Bergerac, Indochine and
Le Bossu, but who has also directed films such as
Berlin and Peau d'ange."
The first photo below shows Indochine director Régis Wargnier
chatting with Vincent in the audience.
24 November 2019
Vincent's latest photography
exhibition opened this month at the Swiss Museum of the Camera in
Vevey. Called "Identités", the exhibition includes around
twenty large formats selected from two series of photos taken in
2016 and 2017. The Russians occupy one section while the portraits
made in the 18th arrondissement of Paris occupy another. You can
watch an interview with Vincent
at this link when he visited the museum on November 21.
Here's an analysis of
Vincent's photography by François Hébel:
"Vincent Pérez is a
true photographer, not because he studied this discipline in
that temple which is the Vevey School of Photography, but
because of his mastery of the portrait and the creativity of his
mises en scène. An actor and director, cinema is obviously his
preferred terrain. He has the advantage of an insider’s view,
and share an empathy with the subjects he photographs. He hence
manages to get actors to pose for him in a state of trust
generally only granted to major photographers. Dance also
fascinates him. He approaches this discipline differently,
searching for the gesture and not only the gaze. For some years
now, for marketing reasons, various institutions have found it
interesting to pass off lm directors, musicians, writers and
amateur photographers as great photographers. I’ve found myself
caught out a few times, after rejecting several of these. But
this is not the case with Vincent Perez:
with exactitude and modesty, he has slowly been developing a
genuine collection of portraits."
In a recent interview, Vincent
was asked about digital photography. He thoughtfully answered,
"I always need to go back to film with my Leica.
I need that feeling. It's
like finding the fundamentals of photography.
Now I have a little difficulty with digital, but with the
Pentax 645 device (of which he is the ambassador),
it is as if I have found a little a tool
which corresponds to me in digital.
There is a model at the level of the sensor which suits me
well - 53 million pixels
- double a full 24x36 format. As
for the evolution of photography, for me
it has become too conceptual for new generations.
There are things in photography that you cannot
Vincent then refers to the humanist photographer Henri
Cartier-Bresson - "To photograph is to put
on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart".
He continues, "Today in digital with this
camera I take very few photos. I take them
fairly quickly. I take one or two shots
and then I hide my camera. I put it behind
my back, I don't want it to exist too much between us."
As a director, he admits, "For
me there is a strong link between photography and cinema".
16 November 2019
Roman Polanski’s new film is
J'ACCUSE, but the demonstrators who
gathered outside a Paris cinema to force the cancellation of one its
first showings this week have defaced some of
the publicity posters to read: "J’abuse".
Vincent is among the cast in the film which tells the story of
Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French military officer falsely accused of
espionage in 1894.
Polanski launched his
new film in France just days after French actress Valentine Monnier
accused the 86-year-old director of having
raped her in 1975 during a ski holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland.
The official premiere took place at the UGC Normandy cinema on the
Champs-Elysées on Tuesday evening. The Polish director was in
attendance as well as Vincent, wife Karine and daughter Tess and,
according to reports, the screening did not encounter similar
The film premiered at the
Venice Film Festival earlier this year where it won the Grand Jury
Prize. Last week, the movie was nominated for four European Film
Awards. The film's star, Jean Dujardin, who is nominated for Best
European Actor at the EFAs, cancelled interviews saying he
does not want to answer questions regarding new accusations against
08 November 2019
The funeral of 80-year-old
Marie Laforêt, a French
actress and singer
was held yesterday at the Saint-Eustache Church in Paris. Known as
"the girl with the golden eyes", Marie was seen in dozens of feature
films and on television and sold more than 35 million records.
Vincent and his wife attended the funeral Mass.
01 October 2019
this month, the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film
Critics) handed out its prize at the 76th
Venice International Film Festival to Roman Polanski’s
AN OFFICER AND A SPY (aka "J’accuse").
The French drama about the Dreyfus affair,
scripted by Polanski and Robert Harris, is based on Harris’ 2013
novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Georges Picquart,
the 19th-century French army officer and Minister of War, as he
struggles to expose the truth about the doctored evidence that sent
Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer of Jewish ancestry
convicted in 1894 of treason, to Devil’s Island.
While Polanski, as expected, did not attend, the film was reportedly
well-received with a five-minute standing ovation. Reviews have,
however, been mixed. The cast includes Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel,
Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Almaric and Vincent in a minor role as a
lawyer. The film will open in French theaters on November 13, 2019.
Vincent, the photographer,
will have several of his portraits from his "Identités"
exhibition presented at the Swiss Museum of the Camera from November
7, 2019 to January 26, 2020. They will be accompanied by a
presentation of the hundred-year history of Pentax.
Vincent uses this Japanese camera for his photography and has been
the company's ambassador for the past couple years.
On September 27 Vincent attended the opening of
Jeanne Damas' first Parisian boutique. Since the online launch of
her label Rouje has been so successful, it seemed fit that a
physical place should come next. On rue Bachaumont, the boutique
also doubles as a restaurant called "Chez Jeanne". Vincent poses
below with writer/actress Anne Berest.
27 September 2019
It's certainly been a long
while since I posted any news. Obviously, Vincent took some time off
this summer. He shows up in the news today because of the death of
German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. Though he passed
away on September 3, his funeral wasn't held until this past Tuesday
at the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. Vincent was accompanied by
his wife Karine and daughter Iman. In a 2017 interview, Iman told
the press, "Peter Lindbergh boosted my career as a model and helped
me believe in myself. I had the opportunity to work with him and he
made me feel safe very quickly. He explained to me that despite of
my young age I could totally fit into the industry. When this kind
of compliment comes from one of the greatest photographers in the
world, it takes on its full meaning."
Vincent was also photographed
by Lindbergh when he and Farida Khelfa modeled for Vogue Italia in