Prix Iris Nominations

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Gaspard and “Juste la fin du monde” earned several nominations for this year’s Prix Iris, a Canadian film award presented by Québec Cinéma:

  • Best Film
  • Best Director: Xavier Dolan
  • Best Actress: Nathalie Baye
  • Best Actor: Gaspard Ulliel
  • Best Supporting Actress: Léa Seydoux, Marion Cotillard
  • Best Casting: Xavier Dolan
  • Best Cinematography: André Turpin
  • Best Make-Up: Maïna Militza
  • Best Hairstyling: Denis Vidal
  • Audience Award
  • Most Illustrious Film outside of Québec

Time to applaud because that’s 12 nominations in total!

The winners will be revealed on June 4 at the Gala Québec Cinéma.

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Yann Rabanier Exposition in Paris

Yann Rabanier is a French photographer who has already shot countless celebrities. Yesterday, his new exposition “Je vais essayer d’être rapide” opened in Paris. It is part of the event “Mois de la Photo” and displays portraits that Rabanier has taken at the last Cannes Film Festival, including a photo of Gaspard:

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Mélanie Thierry and Gaspard by Yann Rabanier (@telerama)

The exposition is placed in front of the Salle Wagram. Here are the details for those who are interested:

  • Duration: April 01 – April 30
  • Opening hours:
    • Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Sat – Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: 39/41 Avenue de Wagram, 75017 Paris
  • Free entrance!
  • Online info: moisdelaphotodugrandparis.com

Other photos of Rabanier’s shoot with Gaspard can be found in the gallery.

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“Monsieur Ulliel” on the Cover of L’Optimum Thailand

“Monsieur Ulliel” on the Cover of L’Optimum Thailand

Gaspard was chosen to grace the April 2017 cover of L’Optimum Thailand. Unfortunately, I could not find any more scans of the magazine so far, but maybe I will be able to add them later this month. You can check out the cover and the banner from the L’Optimum homepage in the gallery:

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“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).

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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!

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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.

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“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 !

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