Saturday, 12 October 2013

Upstairs-Downstairs at the Hotel Marignan


Diane has spoiled me yet again on my last day in Paris on the opening night of ASVOFF taking place later tonight at the Centre Pompidou.  I've duly checked in to the uber-chic Hotel Marignan designed by Pierre Yovanovitch -- a stone's throw from the Champs-Élysées. 

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Split level rooms with epic bathrooms upstairs and living-sleeping quarters downstairs with balconies both inside the room and out overlooking the street.  Of course the ubiquitous bars, restaurants and such.  But also a plush cinema downstairs without even having to leave the front door.  Of course, cinematic Diane Pernet would make that a requirement, wouldn't she? 



Lucky boy I be....Need I say more?  As they say....  a picture truly is worth a thousand words. 

Later Robb

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Thursday, 03 October 2013


Dear Shaded Viewers,

The evening began with a screening of Paul Greengrass's CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, starring Tom Hanks. The dangerous high seas of Somali pirates jangled our nerves as we, afterwards, mounted buses that took us to The Harvard Club to celebrate not only the film, but the nervy, bold and surprising festival that was about to follow. More to come on that.



Getting Ready.


The grand reception at the Harvard Club.


Endless champagne.

Photos by my date for the evening Dolly Meieran

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

ASVOFF 6 October 11,12 & 13th Centre Pompidou


ASVOFF 6 - TEASER ONE from Diane Pernet's ASVOFF on Vimeo.


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Tuesday, 02 July 2013

CHRISTOPHE JOSSE F/W HAUTE COUTURE photo and text by Savio Debernardis


Christophe Josse proposed a very refined collection.

The glacial and diaphanous women were walking the catwalk in the court of the beautiful building of l'école des beaux arts of Paris wearing very elaborated and precious dresses inspired by the grassy plains of Russia.

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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Paul Smith's fashion show in Paris S/S 2014 text and photos by Savio Debernardis

Paul Smith pink suit
Pink coat


A very fresh collection proposed by Paul Smith.

the cookies at the entrance are an introduction to  a world populated by magic mushrooms, a lot of pink and pastel colors, all in the mix with some punk influences.


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Thursday, 13 June 2013

SPECIAL EVENT : ASVOFF Homage to ORLAN (including a live interview with the artist) July 6th 15:00-17:00



The ASVOFF ARNHEM programme consists of three 90 minute

sessions on both July 6th and 7th, as well as the launch and award

announcement on Friday, July 5th:

Friday, July 5

18:00 ASVOFF Launch & Film Competition Selection

Jury: Laura Albert & Li Edelkoort

Jury President: Erwin Olaf

Saturday, July 6

11:00-12:30 ASVOFF Morning Session (Program 1)

13:00-14:30 ASVOFF Afternoon Session (Program 2)

15:00-17:00 SPECIAL EVENT : ASVOFF Homage to ORLAN

(including a live interview with the artist)

17:30-19:30 ASVOFF Evening Session (Program 3)

Sunday, July 7

11:00-12:30 ASVOFF Morning Session (Program 1)

13:00-14:30 ASVOFF Afternoon Session (Program 2)

15:00-16:00 ASVOFF ORLAN (Special Program)

16:30-18:30 ASVOFF Evening Session (Program 3)


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Saturday, 01 June 2013

SOKO The Interview by Aradna Sharma Photos by Benni Valsson, Michael Daks

Dear Diane, ASVOF viewers,


Recently I had  a chance to watch newly released feature film Augustine by debut director Alice Winocour.  Singer, songwriter and actress Soko plays the part of Augustine.  After watching the movie, I had a chance to conduct a fun interview with her electronically. Here is Soko in her own words:


What Kind of research did you have to do for this  historical drama of 1800”s before shooting the movie?

I didn't have to do any research because the director FORBID me to.. she said that my character has no idea what's happening to her, so she wanted me to feel the same sort of confusion, and not get lost into some boring historical facts when all she wanted to talk about was love.

How demanding was it for you physically and mentally? 

I had no life before and during the film.. I was so involved in it with my entire being.. only thinking about Augustine, having dreams of her, where she was talking to me.. it was the first time that I got to play a character that really existed and it was all the more exciting. The more challenged I get, the more exciting it gets..I had the feeling of having given it all every night when I came back home covered in bruises and too tired to even talk. and it felt very satisfying.  We were always joking calling Augustine a "mute" on a the film because everything that's going on is all in her head, and that's what Alice Winocour wanted to film : what was in my head. and then, I turned out after 2 months of shooting, to be totally incapable of expressing my feelings in my real life.. I would faint and cry when I wanted to get out of any situations.. I couldn't just express that I was uncomfortable with I guess I was fully swollen by the role, physically AND mentally..



How was it working with Vincent Lindon? And with the director Alice Winocour?

Alice is such an incredible director.. I know it sounds so cliché and made up for promo purpose only, but I really had one of the best experience of my life doing this film.

Alice is so caring, such a great present precise director.. she would NEVER let you be bad, or  average.. she was really good at supporting me and pushing me so hard because till we get what we had both imagined Augustine would be like.. I was ready to give her EVERYTHING blindly..And Vincent was a dream.. he's a real Pygmalion.. very generous with young actors.. giving a lot of advice always and very reassuring.



Would you call this movie a feminist fable?

HA ! YES ! that was a given already when you read the script..Alice just has a talent to portray women in a strong, beautiful, powerful way.

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How would you describe your fashion style?

Wednesday Addams meet Beetlejuice meet Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris and Jack White at a Tea Party.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

 Movie Junky, write poetry, listen to music loud, play music loud, go on road trips, play with cats, swim, dance, hike, eat vegan food, cuddle, have sex, kiss, love, sleep, dream.

Who is your hollywood celebrity crush and why?

Asia Argento. coz she's my wife.

How would someone get your special attention?

By having the best music taste and making delicious vegan food and dancing freely and looking like a   great lover.

What is your biggest fear?


What would be your one super power?

Flying.. and being able to communicate with the deads..

What is your most annoying habit?

I crack my jaw ALL THE TIME.. it's disgusting.. my brother would kill me for it if he could.

Who is your inspiration for acting and for music?

 Acting : Al Pacino

 Music : Richard Hell 

What would a good theme song for your life be?

"I want to know what love is".. By Foreigner

If you were not an actress or a musician , what would you be up to right now?

 I'd be having orgies on the beach in the caribbean listening to The Cure very loud..

Two Items you would like to take it with you if you are stranded in a deserted Island alone  what  would it  be? 

My iphone with unlimited battery and all my favorite music on it..And a knife so i can open coconuts and/or kill myself if I get bored. 

Your music in your own words..

Depressing, vital, poetry, secret, punk, delicate, dreams, raspy voice. talks about death and being alone and sad and abandoned a lot..

Your acting in your own words..

 VITAL, challenges only, full on.. 

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 The following questions are  random rapid fire questions and if you could give one word answer that would be great.

LosAngeles or Paris?

LOS ANGELES, sunshine, beach, Palm Trees, smiley people. YES. 

Books or Cinema?

Cinema. I have a hard time reading.. i'm dyslexic

Mario Salvucci ?

SpiderMan.. Goth. Favorite jewels. YES.

Chocolate or Ice Cream?

CHOCOLATE Peanut Butter ICE CREAM.. OR mint CHOCOLATE chip ICE CREAM  ( as long as it's vegan and healthy.. you know ! )


Photos by Benni Valsson and Michael Daks



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Friday, 31 May 2013

Julie Salmon: the memories of an animalistic painter text and photos by David Melgarejo Vicente


Dear Shaded Viewers,

There is a special relationship between the two characters in this photo; between the painter and the boy in the picture. She is the Hungarian-born artist Julie Salmon. He is a child of Senegal riding a white horse. Three years ago this boy crossed in the way of the artist and remained in her memory forever. As result of this encounter Salmon made this picture. And now she is exhibiting it, at Kube Nine gallery in Paris. There are also more than thirty paintings and etchings with the same theme: the animals and Africa.

The African continent is where all the fetish animals for Julie Salmon: elephants, lions, zebras or hyenas, come from. This now retired doctor  defined herself as animalistic painter. Most of the works were made in the past three years. During this time she has developed her painting technique and has found a way to capture the beasts while highlighting their beauty.

The exhibition 'Beauty and the Beast' will be at Nine Kube 'Les Ecuries' Gallery in Paris from 30 May to 21 July


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Monday, 20 May 2013


Joana Preiss accompaigned by her son Lou Rambert Preiss playing guitar created a very smooth and hypnotic atmosphear during their live. A short film 'Lands Close to Paterson' she directed in NYC during the premiere of her first feature film (Siberie) was projected on the side of the room.





Philippe Cohen Solal (from Gotan Project) and Catherine



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Sunday, 19 May 2013



Dear Shaded Viewers,

Special Cannes Fashion Film Aperitivio with Peroni  

Sunday 19 May from 19h - 22h Plage Magnum 64 Avenue de la Croisette, Cannes

19h30 Projection ASVOFF - a selection of short fashion films

21h Live performance of Joana Preiss

Invitation Only:

RSVP: Mathieu Piazza/Le K/

Join us on

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