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14 February 2021
For 22 years since the
creation of the VPA, I have not been able to create a movie page for
a short film called CENDRE D'OR
due to lack of information. The 17-minute film was directed by
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey in 1992 with a cast that included Vincent,
Marie Dubois, Bernard Ballet, Elisabeth Kaza and Dolorès Chaplin. I
recently came across an article about the film in the French newspaper
La Nouvelle République.
The film was shot in the
Deux-Sèvres in Western France, which has served as the backdrop for
many films. The reason this locale was chosen was because producer
Benoît Jaubert was from Beauvoir-sur-Niort. In 1992, his parents
still lived there. Hence, the setting. The story concerns a farmer's
grandson named Xavier, who returns from military service in North
Africa. He brings with him his girlfriend who he met there. In the
photo below is a very young Vincent taking a break with his
Jean-Philippe was a long-time
friend of Vincent's, sharing Swiss nationality and training at the Amandiers school in Nanterre under the leadership of Patrice
Chéreau. The director was accompanied on location by his companion at the time,
actress Marine Delterme. Also present during the shoot was actress Jacqueline Bisset, who Vincent had been dating since 1988. The newspaper
pointed out that it was strange to see this beautiful international
star strolling in her jeans around the countryside.
One afternoon in June
1992. A stubborn sun heats up the courtyard of a small isolated
farm among the cornfields near Prissé-la-Charrière. Vincent
Pérez is waiting at the entrance to the living room of the small
farmhouse. At the signal, he enters: "I have brought you my
sun". This sentence by the one who has just triumphed over
Catherine Deneuve in "Indochine" will be repeated five times
until director Jean-Philippe Ecoffey is satisfied.
For a week, the small farm
in Prissé-la-Charrière will experience a joyful bustle
punctuated by meals taken around a large table set up in the
shade. On the last evening, the actors, director, producers and
the technicians from the Moulin du Roc meet in the barn of the
farmhouse for a large banquet. With the last bite of chocolate
cake swallowed, Vincent gets up to step out onto the edge of a
cornfield and sings at the top of his lungs under the moonlight.
In honor of Valentine's Day,
we will celebrate familial love! The first two photos show Vincent's
wife Karine Silla with their daughter Tess. The second set of photos show
Karine's mother Renee, brother Jean-Baptiste and sister Virginie.
Recently twins Tess and
Pablo celebrated their 18th birthday and the proud father posted
this photo of the pair.
10 February 2021
The web site for
7ème Art Lausanne has been reworked and now contains an
archive of previous editions. If you look at the team management
page, you'll see that many of Vincent's friends and family are
involved. His wife Karine is the Art Director for Events and
Hospitality. Some of the patrons include his brother-in-law Luc
Besson and sister-in-law Virginie Besson-Silla and several actresses
he has worked with - Sophie Marceau, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Irène
Jacob and Emma Thompson.
In a 2018 interview in Polka
magazine, Vincent was asked how the idea of this celebration of
cinema came about. He responded, "I recently discovered that the
archives were stored in the village of Penthaz, fifteen kilometers
from the city. I happened to grow up there. These archives are next
to the football field where I
played as a child; two people from the
film library now live in my childhood home built by my father. It
was like a sign. I have always liked living experiences, taking on
challenges and, in a way, putting myself in danger: my first photo
exhibition at the European House of Photography in Paris in 2017, my
first photo book published by Delpire entitled 'A Voyage to Russia'
and above all, my first truly international film, 'Alone in Berlin'.
This feature film was a trigger. It took me ten years to make it and
it revolutionized my relationship with cinema. And then there is the
Lumière festival, created by Thierry Frémeaux and dedicated to
heritage films, which influenced me and made me want to share my
passion for cinema. So I started working on the project to set up a
festival in Lausanne, a city with 40,000 academics and some of the
best faculties in the world. The guiding principle has imposed
itself: to establish a link between heritage, transmission and
08 February 2021
In my last post, I mentioned
that Vincent had a special fondness for hats. In March 2018, he was
in Alessandria, Italy, and took time to visit the Borsalino
factory, the oldest Italian company specializing in the manufacture
of luxury hats. Since 1857, these felt hats have been known for
their extraordinary quality, unmistakable style and timeless
elegance. Vincent was curious how the historic hats were made so he
visited the factory and discovered how much craftsmanship there is
behind each piece. In the first photo he poses with Roberta Datola,
who's been working for the company for 22 years, and in the second
photo, he poses with a couple of the factory workers. The hat suits
I love this striking photo
taken at Cannes in 2017. When I look at it, I can't resist
singing "Puttin' on the Ritz".
05 February 2021
In a March 24, 2017 Swiss
edition of Madame Figaro, Vincent shared some of his favorite places
"This hotel is a strange marriage between glamour and
simplicity. Nestled in a garden facing the Alps, by the
lake and its banks, in Ouchy, but also ten minutes from
the city center. It enjoys an exceptional location. From
Victor Hugo to Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chaplin or Tina
Turner, celebrities have been staying there since 1861!
It gives off a unique atmosphere."
La Brasserie de Montbenon
"Everything pleases me: its historic building, its terrace, its
Vaudois products and its popular but high-quality cuisine."
"To read between two meetings. Authentic and friendly atmosphere."
"We eat well there among the musicians of L'Opera de Lausanne and
surrounded by black and white photos of the celebrities who have
La Pinte Besson and Café de l’Évêché
'You don't leave Lausanne without having, at least once, tasted a
fondue. For this, head to La Pinte Besson, one of the oldest cafes
in the city, which dates from 1780! At Café de l’Évêché, next to the
cathedral, I like the atmosphere enlivened by large tables with very
Coup de Chapeau
"A charismatic hatter where I buy my headgear. An accessory that I
wear often, I feel good under a hat."
The photo used by Madame
Figaro was actually from a 2013 photo shoot. Here are some new
It just so happens that
Vincent's younger sister Estrella is also a chapeau lover and is a
creator of some beautiful women's hats. Very talented! The photo
below of Estrella and Vincent was probably taken in the '90s. I
can't identify the man.
And speaking of hats, this
latest photo of Vincent's model daughter Iman posing for
Thailand's Vogue is embued with Asian elegance. I want to look
like this in my next life!
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.
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
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
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
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
Q: And how does Russia inspire
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"
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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.
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