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  15 December 2006

About a year ago Vincent was busy filming a RTBF/France 2 television production  called Avec Le Temps, which was aired on Belgium TV on September 8, 2006. The telefilm was directed by Marian Handwerker with a Luc Jabon's screenplay, based on the 1998 novel, "Un Lendemain Matin" by Marc Uyttendaele. It's the first time in Vincent's career that he has worked in television. Vincent plays Philippe Julliard, a lawyer/university professor in a drama described as a "fable about the illusions of success." Julliard's downward spiral includes a relationship with one of his students which will upset the course of his life. The cast also includes Lizzie Brocheré, Sophie Broustal and Christian Crahay. Filming took place in Brussels from November 7 to December 5, 2005. A new edition of the book has been released in conjunction with the telefilm and yes, our Swiss actor is on the cover!

  01 December 2006

Here are three more photos from October 24 at the opening of the Adidas Flagship store on the Champs Elysees. The first two show Vincent with French fencer Laura Flessel and the third one shows him with wife Karine and singer Florent Pagny.

On November 17 Vincent and Karine attended the premiere of "Casino Royale" at the Le Grand Rex Theatre in Paris.

  22 November 2006

The captivating legends of “The Song of Roland” (La Chanson de Roland) and Orlando Innamorato will soon be brought to life on the big screen in a lavish new film production, Love and Virtue, directed by Raoul Ruiz. The cast includes Damian Lewis as the story's valiant hero Orlando, faithful knight to King Charlemagne's Court, who is passionately in love with the beautiful Angelica, played by Virginie Ledoyen, John Malkovich as the Barbarian leader Rodomonte, Peter O'Toole as the wise wizard Atlantes who gives guidance to the heroes, Saffron Burrows as the beautiful and courageous female knight Bradamante, Stephen Dillane as the Emperor Charlemagne, Leonor Varela as the sexy and provocative Morgana (Orlando's temptress), Vincent Perez as Barbarian knight Ruggiero who joins Charlemagne's army for love of Bradamante, Cristiàn de la Fuente as evil knight Ferrau who pursues Angelica, Daryl Hannah as Angelica's best friend Fiordelisa, Michael Madsen as the vulgar, impetuous co-leader of the Barbarians Gradasso, and Anna Massey as Eleanor, the loyal secretary to the Emperor.

Ruiz, who previously directed Vincent in Le Temps Retrouve, says, "It is a pleasure to work with such an outstanding cast and team that has put its heart and mind into creating a feature of superb cinematography, stunning sets and costumes, and unforgettable music. The dreamy, magical side of the characters does not detract from their authenticity, but rather enhances the chance that modern viewers will be able to identify with them given the current widespread mystical approach to life." Mia Sperber, who wrote the screenplay, adds, "To the best of our knowledge, this exceptional historical era, at the centre of which stands Charlemagne, the enlightened king who changed the face of Europe, has never been presented on screen before. We have approached history with a compassionate and personal touch, which has opened the way to a powerful, heart-warming and thought-provoking motion picture."

The epic romantic drama will be produced by Fountain of Life Productions with Intandem Films handling international sales. The picture is scheduled to begin shooting March 21 on location in Belgium and Luxembourg before moving to London. The synopsis is as follows: This is a movie about passion, loyalty and friendship, with the main characters competing for the love of a woman, whilst exemplifying the courage needed to stand by those you love, in life and on the battlefield. Sword and mystical elements are used in an intriguing mix to delineate a fascinating historical era, at the centre of which shines the astonishing figure of King Charles the Great (Charlemagne), the unifier of Europe in the 8th century AD. The intriguing life path that each man decides to follow becomes in the film a symbol for momentous choices that are as relevant today as twelve centuries ago. The cinematic narrative weaves a tale in which magic, dreams and action are intertwined magnificently, allowing the viewer to follow other amazing characters as well, including the alluring lady knight Bradamante in love with the Barbarian Ruggiero, the wizard Atlantes, the evil knight Ferrau, the Barbarian leaders Rodomonte and Gradasso, and the provocative beauties, Morgana and Alcina. Breathtaking imagery, memorable music and superb cinematography take the viewers through visions and hopes, heartbreak and suffering, failures and victories, all with the purpose of bringing forward perennial and valuable lessons, in the continuous and implacable battle between good and evil that characterizes our world.


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