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:
“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.
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 !
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:
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).
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” is not the first project to bring them together as co-stars; Huppert played the mother of Gaspard’s character in “Un barrage contre le Pacifique” (2008) aka “The Sea Wall”.
Gaspard and actor Richard Berry on the set of Eva (@RichardBerry)