He seduced Isabelle Adjani, Catherine Deneuve and Rachel Weisz in award-winning films. Tens of thousands of women were under his spell in the nineties and noughties. One of them was a British teenager called Keira Knightley who had seen the Swiss actor in Queen Margot. “I fell in love with Vincent Perez; no other man is more handsome”, the actress said in an interview with Femina in 2012.

But Vincent Perez is much more than an actor who starred in 50 films. Film critics praised Alone in Berlin, a World War II drama he directed and presented at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. It was nominated in seven categories.


The 53-year old actor, film director and photographer is determined to explore new venues in the seventh art by launching RENCONTRES 7e ART (Rendezvous of the 7th Art), an innovative film festival with a new approach that will take place in Lausanne (Switzerland) from 24 to 28 March 2018.
The founders and main sponsors of the festival are BNP Paribas and Beau-Rivage Palace.

The festival will present a guest of honour whose cinematic work has marked the history of film in the seventies with the theme New Hollywood. Screenings throughout the city, in theatres and outdoors will take place as well as encounters with eminent authors and artists. The festival will also focus on works produced by the region’s students, while a personal technological challenge will be taken up by the engineers of EPFL, one of the most important universities in Switzerland.

RENCONTRES 7e ART LAUSANNE aims an engaging, educational, international event, far from the pressure of competitions, where everybody, young and old, aficionados and neophytes, can meet in a convivial place to share their passion for cinema.

VERTIGO’s favourite Vincent Perez film: Indochine (1992). It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1993.

(Above) Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Vincent Perez and Daniel Brühl at the Berlinale 2016 press conference. (Photo: Courtesy of Berlinale)

VERTIGO’s interview with festival director Vincent Perez will be published in a few weeks.

Check out the official website of the Rencontres 7 Art Lausanne.

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