“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).
“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.