Unfortunately, “Eva” has not received very good reviews so far. The majority of critics don’t seem to have anything negative to say about Gaspard’s performance, though:
VARIETY – Ultimately, then, the chief reward of “Eva” lies in watching Huppert and Ulliel — both treated with the rapt, silky devotion they deserve by cinematographer Julien Hirsch and costume designer Marielle Robaut — mutually assembling kinked, jagged character studies from too few puzzle pieces, coloring the ones they have with extra-dark curiosity to compensate. If their individual portraits never quite emulsify into a cohesive human bond, that’s probably the point, though it’d be nice to see more filmmakers play with their prickly chemistry together. Born 30 years apart, the actors play off each other as pleasantly surprising equals: “I don’t know and I don’t care,” Bertrand says when the question of Eva’s age is fleetingly raised. Try running that line past a Hollywood producer; for all its flaws, “Eva’s” shruggingly adult Frenchness is a pleasure in itself.
SCREEN DAILY – With Huppert on autopilot, the film’s ace card is the wolfish Ulliel as an unsympathetic, self-regarding anti-hero; yet with worldly success and its possible loss as the only real stakes in the drama, it becomes increasingly hard to care about what happens to anyone here. Still, on the plus side, Julia Gregory’s abrupt editing style gives Eva a rhythm that’s decidedly not by the book.
“Eva” is scheduled to hit (French) theaters on March 7, 2018.
AUTOMOBILSPORT – Gaspard Ulliel at the start of the Tour Auto Optic 2000!
In 2016, Gaspard Ulliel was a low profile visitor at the exhibition of the cars in the Grand Palais the day before the Tour Auto Optic 2000 began. This year he will be at the start of the event in a Triumph TR6, which he’ll be driving in the regularity category. In 2005 he won the César for the best male newcomer for his role in Un long dimanche de fiançailles, and last year he was awarded the César for the best actor for his performance in Juste la fin du monde.
At present he is one of the most sought-after actors on the French scene, and in the near future he will share the billing in the film Eva with Isabelle Huppert. “It’s all coming together nicely for me. I’m going to finish shooting a series at the beginning of April and the Tour Auto falls at just the right moment,” he smiled during his visit to the Rétromobile Show.
While it’s a first for Ulliel in motor racing, he’s no stranger to the historic car scene. “As an adolescent I was already dreaming about collector cars, in particular the Dino range,” he said on Friday evening when he visited the stand of Carene Assurance, his sponsor. “I like old cars and the sensations that come with them. I haven’t tested the Triumph yet, but I’ll soon be able to and I can’t wait to discover the Tour Auto route and feel the adrenaline of this iconic race.”
Ulliel won’t be the only actor at the start in Paris on Tuesday 24th April. Alexandre Brasseur who is currently appearing in the series Demain nous appartient on TV will also be taking part. Visitors will be able to meet all the crews in the Tour Auto Optic 2000 in the Grand Palais (23rd April) and then in the parc fermés in Besançon (24th April), Megève (25th April), Avignon (26th April), Aix-en-Provence (27th April) and Nice where the 27th rally finishes on 28th April. (source)
You can take a closer look at his racing car in the gallery:
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 !
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).