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02 March 2020
The third edition of the Rencontres du 7e art
Lausanne has been canceled.
On Monday evening, the
organizers of the Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne took the decision
to cancel its 3rd edition, scheduled for March 4 to 8.
"The current context linked to the Coronavirus epidemic in
Switzerland and the inherent uncertainty in this situation does
not allow the 7th Art Lausanne Meetings to take place in good
conditions", explained the persons responsible for the Meetings
in a press release.
It is obviously a blow for the festival created and embodied by
Vincent Perez, who was counting on this 3rd edition to anchor it
even more deeply in the soil of Lausanne. Nearly 50 screenings
of heritage films were planned, as well as a dozen conferences
at the EJMA and public meetings with about fifty personalities,
including Isabella Rosselini, Roland Joffé, Cédric Klapisch,
Bertrand Blier, Anaïs Demoustier, Niels Schneider, etc.
The Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne had a budget of 1 million francs
and had gathered 10,000 film lovers last year.
"Despite the respect of the limit of 1000 spectators decreed to
date as a measure by the Federal Council, it has also become
impossible to logistically ensure optimal reception and security
for the public as well as for the guests", announced yesterday
evening festival. And Vincent Perez to clarify. "Despite all our
efforts to maintain this new edition, which promised to be
magnificent, it is our responsibility to guarantee the quality
to which we all aspire within the Meetings. I would like to
thank all of our partners who are following us in this difficult
decision, as well as the teams and volunteers for their
The festival hopes to be able to communicate as soon as possible
postponement of this third edition. All ticket holders will be
able to refund their tickets.
28 February 2020
The César Awards
were held this evening with Roman Polanski's film
AN OFFICER AND A SPY (J'ACCUSE) winning
three awards out of its 12 nominations. The Polish director was not
there to collect any of the prizes. He announced on Thursday that he
would not attend the ceremony because he feared a "public lynching"
from protestors. The film's first award of the night was for best
costume designer, but the winner, Pascaline Chavanne, was not
present to collect her trophy. The entire cast (including Vincent)
and production team has shunned the event over criticism aimed at
their director. Polanski was named best director and was also given
the award for best adapted screenplay along with Robert Harris, the
British novelist. "Very few" people applauded Polanski's best
director award, said Le Monde and some stars walked out.
Ben Croll of Variety wrote the
following article today entitled "Think Cinema’s Vincent Perez on
Exploring Why We Create Art". Here are some extracts:
In 2018, Swiss
actor-director Vincent Perez 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.
explanation: "We wanted to put something forward for our
English-speaking friends, Whereas Re7 spoke more to Francophones,
we wanted a name that really said everything. Something that
would explain our mission, that would be simple and direct.
We're beginning to really understand what makes our festival
unique. Our identity is becoming more and more clear... "Nobody
asks us to make art. We do so because we want to, and we want to
because we need to. So we're interested in those questions, in
asking why we tell stories, and then exploring the answers with
our guests... Nobody is here to promote anything, and there's no
competition. That changes the nature of the conversations, of
the questions the audiences ask and the answers the filmmakers
give. We’re interested in curating a selection of films that can
track social transformations in the way they treat a shared
subject. Love stories from the 1950s treated their female
characters very differently than love stories from the 1970s…
[So] we thought it was interesting to have an overview of that
evolution. Society liberated itself from certain dogmas, and the
cinema mirrors those changes... The festival is growing. The
baby we cradled on our laps is now beginning to walk all on its
own. Maybe it's no longer a baby. [laughing] Now it's a
This article is from
year, Think Cinema welcomed 10,000 attendees over the
course of four days, marking a 33% increase in attendance from
its inaugural edition. As the festival prepares its third
go-round, founder and president Vincent Perez anticipates a
similar rise. Whatever the final number may be, it’s safe to say
many of those attendees will spring from Lausanne’s student
population. More than 40,000 young adults live and study in the
lakefront city, which houses several top Swiss schools.
Since its inception in 2018, Think Cinema has not only targeted
that young population, but has actively partnered with a number
of the city’s top educational institutions, as well as cultural
outposts like Cinematheque Suisse and the Jan Michalski
Foundation for Writing and Literature. This year anew, the
festival will host masterclasses at Lausanne’s university of art
and design, ECAL, and screenings at the school jazz and
contemporary music, EJMA, venues that have become key parts of
this young event’s identity.
"The tone of the festival is very laidback and cool," says
Perez. "(And though we attract well known figures), proximity is
very important. The goal is to bring everyone together, to make
the public participants in the events. The rooms at ECAL and
EJMA aren’t always very big, which keeps things intimate and
convivial. It gives the whole thing a familial air."
Those close pedagogical ties have also shaped the festival's
programming mandate. "We want to collect these ideas and then to
transmit them to our audience," Perez explains. "Our job is to
share and to mediate. When someone goes to one of our
conferences, they should leave knowing more about cinema."
Think Cinema will launch a new component this year, introducing
a competition for aspiring screenwriters that will award the
winner a development grant to finish writing their script. As
Perez sees it, the new initiative is an outgrowth of the
festival’s very identity.
"We believe in cycles," he explains. "We transmit and remount
classic films on the big screen, and organize conferences with a
young public. And among those students might be a future
"When I was 18, I received a grant that allowed me to travel to
France to study," adds the actor and director. "That changed my
life. It gave me a career. So this is a way to consider the
future part of this cycle, to find new talent and to assist them
20 February 2020
On Sunday Vincent spent the
day at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière,
an art school in the Montparnasse district of Paris. He is currently
working on the preparation of a photo book on models and muses. For
almost five hours, he photographed with talent and professionalism.
Other sessions are planned, as well as an exhibition of his photos
at the Academy.
Back in Vevey, Switzerland,
this week, Vincent met with Karine Vasarino and did some podcasts
rts.ch. One of his quotes is "Today I'm exactly where I
wanted to be". The statue you see in some of these photos is Charlie
Chaplin, one of Vincent's heroes from his childhood.
Actor Pierce Brosnan
(one handsome dude!)
has joined the list of guests at this year's Rencontres du 7e
Art Lausanne. He will meet the public and present
his 1999 thriller, "The Thomas Crown Affair" on March 8 at the Capitole
Cinema. You may remember that the 66-year-old Irish-American actor took
on the role of James Bond between 1995 and 2002. However, I
particularly loved his comical performance (not his singing!) in
both "Mamma Mia!" films.
On the last Wednesday of each
month "T" magazine and the Beau-Rivage Palace have organized "Le
Temps de l'inspiration". In the form of an intimate interview
with a special theme, the event features a personality from the
creative field. Guest of the day this week was Vincent.
18 February 2020
Last Friday Swiss paper Le
Matin ran a February 11th interview in Lausanne with Vincent
regarding the bad press director Roman Polanski is presently
receiving. The interview took place before the announcement of the
collective resignation of the management of the César
Awards. Vincent, who has done two films with Polanski and has known
him for thirty years, agreed to give journalist
Laurent Flückiger his
opinion on the matter. Here are his
"All these resurgent
cases date more or less from the same period
after the assassination of Sharon Tate. They re-appear in the
press when films are released. I spoke with Roman
and he barely remembered the person we were talking about."
[Valentine Monnier has accused
Polanski of having sexually assaulted her in 1975 in his chalet in
"He didn't kill anyone," Vincent
continues. "He did bullshit, yes, but he asked for forgiveness.
He went to jail. He was persecuted
all his life because he fled from American justice. He is a man who
is 86 years old today. After forty years, I tell myself that it is
time to forgive him. His victim,
Samantha Geimer, raped at 13 years old in 1977,
has been telling everyone to leave Roman Polanski alone for
twenty years. " [Samantha Geimer indeed
reaffirmed in her memoir that she had
forgiven the director.]
Vincent concludes with, "It is a situation
that saddens me. It's hard for his
children. When you really know the facts,
you tell yourself that maybe it's time to leave it alone. He has
12 February 2020
More news on next month's Rencontres du 7e art
in Switzerland. Other films to be screened include Woody Allen's
"Annie Hall" (la-di-da...), Blake Edwards' "Breakfast at Tiffany's",
Jane Campion's "The Piano" (lovely Michael Nyman soundtrack), and
Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront", which is featured on this
year's poster. A homage to Marlon Brando is also planned. I am an
ardent fan of Brando and have watched almost all of his films. I
actually saw "Last Tango in Paris" when I was in Paris in 1972 and I
keep the tango music on my i-phone.
I came across a few more
photos taken at the "Rouje" boutique opening in Paris last
September. It appears that an artist was hired to draw some of their
When Vincent travels to
Switzerland, one of his favorite men's clothing stores is Scabal.
In the first three photos, he poses with Eric Becker, head of Scabal
Geneva. Great motto - "A passion for cloth". These photos were taken
over the past two years.
11 February 2020
3rd edition of the Rencontres du 7e art will be held in
Lausanne, Switzerland, from March 4-8. The theme this year will be
love on the big screen featuring 49 films such as "Casablanca", my
husband's favorite! This cinema event was created by Vincent in 2018
in collaboration with the Swiss Cinémathèque.
Many guests will be present to talk about the creative process and
the production process of the making of films. Isabella Rosselini
will present in particular "Blue Velvet" by David Lynch. Love that
film! An evening tribute will also be devoted to film director and
writer Bertrand Blier. Vincent reports, "We are so happy to have
him. He's a huge poet." Among the many guests are Valeria Bruni
Tedeschi, Patrice Leconte, Irène Jacob, Valeria Golino, Rossy
de Palma, Danièle Thompson, Pascal Greggory, Elsa Zylberstein, and
Marie Gillain. You may notice that many of these guests have
co-starred with Vincent.
08 February 2020
DE BERGERAC is getting a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray
special edition courtesy of BFI. The DVD, which
includes special features, will be released on February 24, 2020.
Humorous and touching in equal measure, the film is a spectacular
and vibrant adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic novel. Depardieu
has never been better than as the swaggering scribe, his performance
enriched by the vigorous direction of Jean-Paul Rappeneau and lavish
period design. The film's cast also includes Vincent and Anne
Brochet. The synopsis reads: Cyrano, a swashbuckling hero
with a gift for verse - and a prominent proboscis - is madly in love
with the most beautiful woman in Paris. Deterred though by his
feelings of physical inadequacy, he instead uses his poetic skills
to support another hapless suitor. But will the object of their
affection realize who she’s really falling
Yesterday Vincent was a guest
on Radio Vostok based in Geneva, Switzerland. Among the
topics discussed was the link between contemporary art and cinema.
You can listen to the French interview
at this link.
Also from Switzerland is a
23-minute video interview with Vincent from the rts.ch
archives. It is dated April 13, 1992, almost 28 years ago. So young
22 January 2020
director Roman Polanski has swept the nomination list for the 45th
César awards for French cinema, sparking outrage.
Polanski's film "An Officer and
a Spy", or "J'accuse"
in French, received 12 nominations at the awards, which are the
French equivalent of the Oscars. This is the
second Polanski film that Vincent has starred in. Alain
Terzian, the head of the Césars, defended Polanski's nominations,
arguing that the body "should not take moral positions" in giving
awards. The film is about the Dreyfus
affair, a political scandal in France in the late 1800s which saw a
French Jewish army officer wrongly convicted of spying. In
September, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film
Festival. This is not the first time the
Césars have faced controversy because of Polanski. In 2017, he was
picked to head the award's jury, but stepped down after the move
According to the BBC, for
now it seems quite unlikely that the movie
will be shown in the UK, either in movie
theatres or on television. Nor will it illuminate screens in the
United States. So dangerous is the potential backlash of
collaborating with Polanski that no British or American distributor
will risk showing the movie, which opened to great acclaim and
box-office success in France, though some protests have occurred
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