The Montreal shoot for HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS
wrapped up this past weekend with Vincent flying back to France
on Sunday evening. Here are some more production photos. The first
one shows Vincent with fellow cast member Raoul Trujillo. The last
one shows François Girard directing a
Journalists from Montreal's La
Presse newspaper came on set recently and spoke with the director
and Vincent. At the time of their visit, two major scenes were being
prepared: one where Jacques Cartier and his men escorted by village
women are entering the village and one where, in a longhouse, there
is a village meeting. Pieces of trout and eel were hanging from
branches and a dead deer was hanging by its legs.
"It's been 20 years since I worked with sets of François Séguin and
each time I am amazed," said director François Girard. "Nicolas
Bolduc is the magician of light and Mario Davignon, the costumes. I
am surrounded so well. "
When producer Roger Frappier
proposed the role of Jacques Cartier to Vincent, the actor jumped.
"I said, 'Wow Why not? '" He arrived a week later with some ideas on
the famous character he was preparing to embody. "I try, above all,
to feel what it would be like for a man to discover another world. I
try to find the dizzying position he had. It had to be similar to
that experience when the first man walked on the moon." He adds,
"When I cross the Jacques Cartier Bridge or I go through Place
Jacques-Cartier, I try not to think about the importance of this
Although there has been no
formal announcement of Vincent's next project, he indicated in this
interview that he has joined the cast of Neil Jordan’s RIVIERA,
a high-profile TV crime series, produced by London-based Archery
Pictures for pan-European pay-TV network Sky. Neil Jordan ("The
Crying Game," "The Borgias") is the co-writer of "Riviera" with
Booker Prize-winning author John Banville, as well as its show
runner and one of the directors. The 10-episode series, based on a
concept by former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, started shooting
in the South of France in August and is expected to wrap in February
UK International Jewish Film Festival will
be held in London from November 5-20
featuring a huge variety of films
including ALONE IN BERLIN.
This year is the festival’s 20th anniversary and will feature more
than 80 films and documentaries from 18
countries at 13 different venues across the capital.
The film will also be in competition at the International Film
Festival of History of Pessac. The theme of this 27th edition is
"Culture and Freedom" and will be held from November 14-21.
For French audiences,
StudioCanal will release on Blu-ray the recent 4K restoration of
director Régis Wargnier's film INDOCHINE.
The release will be available for purchase on January 2, 2017. The
film was scanned in 4K and restored frame by frame by L'Immagine
Ritrovata. Earlier this year, StudioCanal introduced the new
restoration in the Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival. Not
surprisingly, it won an Oscar in 1993 as Best Foreign Language Film.
Vincent stars as French naval officer Jean-Baptiste Le Guen,
who makes the fatal mistake of falling in love with the owner of a
properous rubber plantation, as well as her adopted Indochinese
daughter, setting the stage for a sensual story of jealousy and
unbridled passion set against the bloody Communist uprising. A
With the release of
LETTERE DA BERLINO (Letters from
Berlin) next Thursday, the Italian cinema sites have released some
new movie stills.
French biopic DALIDA, written and
directed by Lisa Azuelos, has hardly released any publicity on the
film since being shot last winter in Italy, Morocco and France on a
budget of 15 million euros. This week the release date of January
11, 2017 was announced along with this poster. The film tells the
true story of acclaimed music icon Dalida, who became a celebrity in
the 60s, singing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, German and
Italian. She later committed suicide in 1987 in Paris after selling
more than 130 million records worldwide. Vincent plays producer
Eddie Barclay. Azuelos was able to secure the assistance of Dalida's
brother in establishing an accurate account of the singer's life.
The choice of model/actress Sveva Alviti for the lead role was
a surprise since the 31-year-old Italian had little acting
experience but apparently metamorphosed into Dalida learning to
sing, dance, perform and speak French! Of her character, Alviti
says, "Dalida was a complex woman, strong and yet fragile." [The
upper right photo shows Alviti on the last day of filming]
Shooting has begun in Montreal
for the historical fresco, HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS, with
Vincent in the lead role of explorer Jacques Cartier. Directed by
François Girard, the film's cast also
includes Sébastien Ricard, Anne Dorval, Gilles Renaud, David
La Haye, Paul Doucet and Anne-Marie Cadieux. It
will be shot in 42 days with a budget of $15 million. The shooting
schedule calls for filming through November 2 with other scenes
completed in January. Vincent says he is delighted to join the
project - "This is a period of history that interests me a lot and I
am very happy to film here in Quebec with François Girard."
Producer Roger Frappier says the film will celebrate the 375th
anniversary of the founding of Montreal.
Here's a video taken during
the Dior show for Paris Fashion Week showing Vincent's
daughter Iman doing some press with
musician/model Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis and model Morgane
Polanski. Click on photo for link.