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30 January 2021

The other day I posted a new gallery for the 47th Cannes Film Festival in 1994 but forgot to add these two photos of Vincent and Carla Bruni.

There's a new gallery in the "Photography" section, which features the photo shoot Vincent did for Normal Magazine two years ago. Looks like it was a rough day for him with all these pretty nude girls posing for him!


24 January 2021

In lieu of the fact that there's a pandemic and there are so few events to report on, I will continue to add new material to the VPA. Today I've posted a photo gallery for the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. It was the year that "Queen Margot" premiered and Vincent was dating the famous model Carla Bruni. What a gorgeous couple they made!

The historical costume drama won the Jury Award and the Best Actress Award for Virna Lisi at Cannes and it also won five Césars the following year. Vincent had already become France's heartthrob after starring in "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1990) and "Indochine" (1992) and playing the handsome "La Mole" only strengthened his charismatic film presence. The love scenes and his nudity were a sensation at the time.

There's an interesting clip on youtube of the film's cast trying out their costumes. Vincent can be seen right after Virni Lisa at the very beginning. Click on this photo for the link.

21 January 2021

A week ago it was announced that the 4th edition of Rencontres 7ème Art Lausanne, originally scheduled in March, has now been postponed to a later date - April 26 to May 2, 2021. Vincent released this statement - "Dear friends, with the entire Rencontres team, even if we are committed to promoting and supporting Culture and Cinema in these difficult times, everyone's health and safety remains a priority. This is just a postponement. We will all meet again, together, very quickly!"


17 January 2021

The latest issue of Swiss Health magazine has Vincent on its cover with an extensive interview in which he talks about his love of Switzerland, exercise, his Rencontres 7e Art creation and his family.

One of the reasons he visits Lausanne often is to visit his 81-year-old German mother Arnoldine, who lives nearby in Morges and who suffers from Alzheimer's. Here is a photograph of her posted by Vincent a couple years ago. As many of you know, Vincent's father is Spanish but I didn't realize until recently that his father's full name is Antonio Perez Alberola. At some point, Vincent obviously shortened his last name to just Perez.

When Vincent is asked to describe the Rencontres 7e Art in Lausanne, he responds, "The festival lasts for four days, and we screen 40 to 50 movies in different locations around the city. They are all classics. Every year we set a theme and create a program around that theme. We also have conferences, which take place either in the Capital, a beautiful cinema in the center of Lausanne, or in other cinemas. The audience is generally between 18 and 35 years old with, of course, some older people, but I think it’s great that it attracts a young crowd. We partner with seven universities and colleges in Lausanne... Those 40,000 students are our target audience, but the festival is, of course, open to everybody."
Pictured below is Vincent with his wife and three children at the 2019 festival.

While Perez fans know that Iman is into modeling and horses and Pablo is at a Connecticut academy pursuing his dream of becoming a professional basketball player, we now know that Tess is interested in also coming to the States to study singing at a conservatory of music.

As far as Vincent's next project, he predicts he will be directing a new movie and will be choosing the cast very soon. He says, "We will be sending out the script to actors. I’ll be working with a wonderful English producer, Jeremy Thomas, who has worked on movies like 'The Last Emperor'. He’s an absolute genius, and I feel very lucky to be able to work with him. My co-writer is John Collee, who wrote 'Master and Commander'. It is an ecological thriller, kind of a metaphor of where we are, a reflection on our relationship with ecology. We don’t really know where to place ourselves, how we can do something for the planet, what is happening, and it scares us. So this movie plays with that idea."

02 January 2021

Due to the pandemic, Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne was canceled in March last year. In 2018, Vincent teamed up with the Cinémathèque Suisse, the country’s premiere film archive, to launch a heritage film festival in the actor’s hometown of Lausanne. For its first edition, the event ran under the title r7al – the Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne – and was rebranded Think Cinema Lausanne the following year. The official web site has announced the dates for this year's edition - March 12-21, 2021. However, it remains to be seen if the event will take place considering the situation with Covid-19 at that time. The following photos were featured in last year's coverage by Bâle Région Mag.

The pandemic has not only affected Vincent's filmmaking but also his continued work as a photographer. His last exhibition was at the Swiss Camera Museum, which ran from November 21, 2019 until January 26, 2020. Le Régional conducted the following interview at that time.

Q: Where does your love of photography come from?

Vincent; It was Pierre Gisling, my mentor and friend, who passed it on to me. He discovered me in Lausanne during a drawing competition when I was eleven years old. He was organizing drawing camps for young people and on my first trip he handed me a 24x36 Yashica and said: "Here, you should try this!". My first photograph was his portrait. The passion for photography has never left me since. Subsequently, I apprenticed as a photographer between Lausanne and Vevey.

Q: Did the Africans of Paris accept you easily?

Vincent: This series was made for the European House of Photography in Paris. It is a bit like the grail of the photographer. I was on display in the Irving Penn room, my hero. For the occasion, I immersed myself in the Château Rouge metro district in Paris. The meeting with the Congolese sappers was the trigger, magnificent dandies who claim the art of loving each other. Sapology is a fascinating story that is part of the history of the Congo. I was greeted by the "Bachelor" who became a friend, and his Sape and Co store became my studio. I stayed there for whole days, a whole summer, to absorb their life, and the daily life of this little piece of Africa. I liked the looks, the beauty of the faces and the color of the clothes and then their kindness despite hard lives. Outside the neighborhood, they told me that they were becoming invisible in the white world.

Q: Why do you take a lot of portraits?

Vincent: To approach others, to enter other universes, to enrich my life. When I photograph a subject, I spend time with the person, I connect with them, we create a bond together. We exchange and then naturally, I photograph. I like to drop the mask. I'm looking for a moment of truth between us. François Hebel, director of the Henri Cartier Bresson foundation, who was at the time director of the Arles photography meetings, had exposed me there in 2014 and had himself been my curator. When I discovered the exhibition, I had the impression of being in the presence of the subjects I had photographed.

Q: And how does Russia inspire you?

Vincent: I have been going there regularly since 1995. In some respects this country has changed a lot and in others not at all. A sixth of the planet, a neighbor of Europe, so close to us and yet few people are interested in it. You think the Russians are cold and closed, but it is one of the most hospitable countries that I know. My images represent the Russia of small hands, villages and extremes. From north to south going to the east among the Buryats. A fascinating journey and images that are part of my first photographer's book, "A trip to Russia"

[For more images, check out the photography section]

In February 2020 Vincent spent a day at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, an art school in the Montparnasse district of Paris. At that time it was announced that he was working on a photo book on models and muses. The photo below was taken that day with actress/opera singer Elise Maitre.  [See January/February 2020 news for more photos]



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