“Vadim Mister Cool”

Vadim Mister Cool” is a TV documentary about Roger Vadim, narrated by Gaspard. Vadim was a famous French director and the ex-husband of Brigitte Bardot, Annette Stroyberg, and Jane Fonda.

Since it’s very likely that many people who follow Gaspard’s career haven’t heard about this film yet, I didn’t want to leave it unmentioned. It was broadcast last December by the Franco-German network ARTE and is now unfortunately only available to subscribers of ina.fr, but you can watch a short extract below:

The documentary is the first project Gaspard lent his voice to since he played Jack Frost in the French version of “Rise of the Guardians” (2012).

Xavier Dolan about Gaspard

I have a little treat for my French speaking visitors in the form of Xavier Dolan praising Gaspard at the César Awards: 


Dolan describes Gaspard as extremely intelligent and lists many more positive characteristics before he adds, “In fact, I’m in love with him.”

I’m still super happy that Dolan asked Gaspard to join “Juste la fin du monde” and I hope the fact that they think so well of each other encourages them to work together again someday!

Introducing “9 doigts”

“9 doigts” is an upcoming film by French writer and director F.J. Ossang who is known for his unconventional cinematic style. It tells the story of a young man, Magloire, and the events that unfold after he encounters a dying stranger at an empty train station. Gaspard is going to play a nameless character listed as “Le Docteur” (The Doctor).

The project has been partly financed through donations via touscoprod.com, a French fund-raising site for filmmakers. Shooting started last summer and has still not been completed (according to IMDb), but 10:15 Productions already released a short preview clip that gives you an idea of the film noir atmosphere:

Here is a video of the cast (with English subtitles) including Gaspard:

A more literal translation of Gaspard’s words on the director:

“He manages to bring avant-garde cinema back to life in a completely modern way. Ossang is maybe one of the last great poets of cinema.”

If you speak French, you might also be interested in this interview with Ossang himself.

Since “9 doigts” seems to be an independent film aimed at a niche market, there is probably little hope for a big release. However, Gaspard has already mentioned his interest in experimental, non-conformist cinema several times, so I am very happy for him that he has been given the opportunity to work on this interesting looking project.

“Best Actor” César for Gaspard!

I’m thrilled to let you know that Gaspard won the best actor award last night at the Césars for his performance in “Juste la fin du monde”. Unfortunately, he couldn’t attend the event because he is busy shooting “Eva” in the French Alps. Director Xavier Dolan received the prize for Gaspard and read out his speech:

Dolan himself earned the best director and the best editing award for “Juste la fin du monde”. Congratulations to Gaspard, Xavier Dolan, and everyone who was involved in making this film!

“La danseuse” took home the award for best costume design. Gaspard worked on this project as well in a supporting role.  Bravo à tous !

“It’s Only The End Of The World” News

If you live in the UK or Ireland, you will finally get the chance to watch “Juste la fin du monde” aka “It’s Only The End Of The World” on the big screen. Alternatively, you can watch the film at home with Curzon Home Cinema, a legal streaming service. The official release date is February 24.

Tickets are available on itsonlytheendoftheworld.com. The site also offers some information on the film together with a couple of trailers and this this new exclusive preview clip:

Enjoy!

Countdown to the César Awards

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This is a little reminder that the 42nd César Awards ceremony will be held on February 24. Since Gaspard has been nominated for his role in “Juste la fin du monde”, it is safe to assume he is going to attend the event. He will be competing against François Cluzet, Pierre Deladonchamps, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Fabrice Luchini, Pierre Niney, and Omar Sy in the best actor category.

“Juste la fin du monde” received 6 César nominations in total:

  • Best Actor: Gaspard Ulliel
  • Best Supporting Actress: Nathalie Baye
  • Best Supporting Actor: Vincent Cassel
  • Best Editing: Xavier Dolan
  • Best Director: Xavier Dolan
  • Best Foreign Film: Xavier Dolan

“La danseuse”, in which Gaspard plays a supporting role, earned 6 nominations as well:

  • Best Actress: Soko
  • Best supporting actress: Mélanie Thierry
  • Most Promising Actress: Lily-Rose Depp
  • Best First Feature Film: Stéphanie Di Giusto
  • Best Costume Design: Anaïs Romand
  • Best Production Design: Carlos Conti

The best of luck to the entire team of “Juste la fin du monde” as well as to the team of “La danseuse”!

P.S. If you don’t live in France but want to watch the award ceremony, you can usually do so on the homepage of Canal+. The  show will start at 9pm (CET).

Introducing “Eva”

The shooting of “Eva”, a drama based on the novel “Eve” by James Hadley Chase, started last month. The story focuses on a playwright and a mysterious woman who meet each other in a chalet during a snowstorm. (IMDb) The film is written and directed by Benoît Jacquot.

Gaspard stars opposite Isabelle Huppert who is currently nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” category.

“Eva” will not be the first project they have worked on together; Huppert played the mother of Gaspard’s character in “Un barrage contre le Pacifique” (2008) aka “The Sea Wall”.

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Gaspard and actor Richard Berry on the set of Eva (@RichardBerry)

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Welcome to Gaspard Ulliel Daily, a new source for anything related to French actor Gaspard Ulliel.

You’ll be able to find regular updates on Gaspard’s career as well as articles, interviews, and photos here. It’s going to take a while to fill the gallery, but that’s just one of many reasons to come back soon! I hope you’ll enjoy this fansite and I’m glad I can share it with you. Thanks for visiting!