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1 December 2018
and Karine were present at the opening of the Marrakech Film
Festival on November 30th when "At Eternity's Gate" was
screened. Vincent has a minor role in the film playing a director.
The biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent
van Gogh's life premiered on September 3, 2018 at the Venice
International Film Festival. The film, directed by Julian Schnabel,
stars Willem Dafoe in the lead role, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac,
Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Niels
Arestrup. The biopic has been featured at several film festivals
through the fall.
On November 28th Vincent and Karine joined
other guests at the inauguration of the l'hotel de Berri in Paris.
29 November 2018
November 15th Vincent and wife Karine were
among the guests able to taste the art of living Tokyo in the
heart of the 7th arrondissement of Paris. The Gajoen Tokyo team made
the trip to celebrate this legendary Japanese hotel. During an
evening produced by the Saendwich agency and whose public relations
had been entrusted to the agency Laurent Guyot & co, employees of
Gajoen Tokyo hosted in traditional outfits high-flying personalities,
who were received by Mr. Makoto Motonakano, President of
Gajoen Tokyo, and His Excellency Mr. Masato Kitera, Ambassador from
Japan to France. Mr. Masato Kato, the Chef of the hotel, made the
trip from Tokyo to present to the guests dishes worthy of the
greatest tables of Japanese cuisine: roast duck breast and walnut
miso or consumed crabs, all accompanied by Japanese cocktails
especially made with sake. The culinary and aesthetic delights
transported guests to the traditional, sophisticated world of the
Here are more photos from the
Renault evening during the 120th edition of the 2018 Paris Motor
Show on October 2nd.
In celebration of the
occasion, Vincent discussed his favorite car, the Renault. He said,
"Because I often ride my bicycle in Paris, I use a car about
three days a week, but it's my favorite
car that makes me happy every time I drive it.
It's a model I fell in love
with the moment I tried it at the exhibition three or four
years ago. Renault cars are comfortable and
smooth. The car is like a friend."
A recent photo shoot. Not very
27 October 2018
This week I posted news of
Vincent's new role in another Roman Polanski film called "J'accuse".
The film has an English working title of "The Dreyfus Affair".
Described as a thriller, the film will tell the real-life story
of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French-Jewish soldier who was accused
of spying for the Germans, his trial becoming the talk of Paris in
the 1890s. Jean Dujardin will play the
counter-espionage officer who managed to
prove – after Dreyfus was convicted – that the soldier was in fact
innocent. Polanski’s interest in this story
is clearly a personal one, the Oscar-winning director’s career
having been overshadowed by his rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Polanski pled guilty to statuary rape, but has ceaselessly fought
for his right to keep making films.
On October 24 Vincent attended
the Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Retrospective with the screening of "Cyrano
de Bergerac" at Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. You can view a
short video of his appearance at
this youtube link. At least he's not wearing the hat and
black glasses! Below he poses with Rappeneu and Anne Brochet.
Here's a comparison - which do
I just came across this
one-page article on Karine and daughter Roxane from the October 2017
issue of French Elle magazine.
Earlier news that I omitted
was the 15th anniversary celebration of the charity Maïsha
Africa, hosted by Sonia Rolland.
Vincent's wife Karine was one of the guests at the gala dinner at
the Pavillon Cambon Capucines in Paris. The party was held on
Monday, September 19th. Maïsha Africa
raises funds to help Rwandan children. In the first photo Karen
poses with Yannick Bolloré and, in the
second, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi
25 October 2018
I've posted a
new gallery of photos
taken on September 14 at Vincent's book exposition - "Un Voyage en
Russie" at the Hotel de Ville. You can also view an
interview that took place on Levallois TV before the
Vincent and his wife
10th Film Festival Lumiere on October 19 in Lyon, France.
This year Jane Fonda received the Prix
Lumiere and on Wednesday, October 17, among the 16 of her films
screened at the festival, Vincent was asked to present "The Electric
Horseman". Without a doubt, my favorite is "Klute",
in which Jane's performance is impeccable.
Here's Vincent with Franck Dubosc for a Renault
evening on the occasion of the opening of the 120th edition of
the 2018 Paris Motor Show at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in
Paris on October 2, 2018.
On October 9, the grand opening of the V
Festival of French Cinema "Le Cinema Francais" took place at the
Formula Kino at the Kutuzovsky cinema in Moscow. The opening
film of the festival was Roman Polanski's "D'après une histoire
vraie" personally presented by Vincent. After the screening,
Vincent took questions from the audience. You can view photos
from his Moscow visit in this
While in Russia, Vincent participated in several interviews. He
discussed working with the exiled director: "At first it was
very exciting. And how can you not be nervous when there is a
chance to work with those you admire so much? He is a great
director, one of my favorites. I think I've seen all of his
movies. I knew that it might not be easy working with him.
Polanski is one of those who very clearly knows what he wants.
So I just wanted to be useful to him. But everything went great.
We worked with pleasure, and no problems arose. What I like
about Polanski is that he is extremely accurate as a director:
how he sees scenes, how he organizes filming, how he directs
actors. When you work with such a careful director, your work as
an actor becomes much easier. You feel much more confident."
When asked which directors influenced his
approach to acting most of all, Vincent responded, "This is not
the most interesting answer, but perhaps all of them. One by
one, each director contributed something different to my
development, taught me something new. But if I had to choose,
then probably Patrice Chereau. We made three films together -
"Queen Margot", "Hotel France" and "Those Who Love Me Will Take
the Train,". I have not worked with anyone else so often.
Patrice was a real mentor to me. We talked a lot on and outside
the set. He was a part of my life, in general. I miss him very
much. But, by the way, Polanski also influenced me
decently. My next film as a director will be a thriller
unfolding on a yacht - and, I will not hide the fact that it's a
direct reference to "The Knife in the Water", Polanski’s debut
feature film. Antonioni, perhaps, is also in my blood. We had a
very close relationship while working on "Beyond the Clouds".
In another interview,
Vincent talked about his next film with Polanski. "It will begin
shooting in November and end in March. It's called "J'Accuse"
about the scandal with the name of Dreyfus, a famous statesman.
This is a very unpleasant, dark history of anti-Semitism. The
project has amassed many famous actors. One of the main roles
will be performed by Jean Dujardin. I said, 'Roman, please, let
me play the villain!' and he said, 'No, you are so cool in life
that you can never be a villain.' I have the role of Dujardin's
lawyer. He and I are the only good guys in the whole film."
When the conversation came around to
Gerard Depardieu's Russian citizenship, Vincent told the press, "He is
the only actor in the world who could afford it. He is a man
outside of any norms. He loves to go out of the comfort zone, to
commit such acts that defy explanation. Gerard always causes
strong emotions. He's always been this way since I've known him.
He is very clever. He has an amazing instinct. I saw him on
stage when he sang Barbara, who is very famous in Russia. He did
not just sing. He made it so that the spirit of Barbara
returned. Sometimes I can't stand Gerard, but at the same time,
I admire everything he does. He is a true genius."