When Oliver Assayas first directed "Irma Vep" in 1996, it was a very different world for cinema. Since the takeover of streaming services, the director has noticed a shift in financing and the future of film. He knew that if he was going to return to his most popular project, he would need to adapt to the changing media landscape. The result? The HBO miniseries of the same name, which revisits the same core subjects as the original film while giving them a contemporary spin.
HBO's Olivier Assayas-helmed TV series Irma Vep might be a love letter to the chaos of moviemaking, but it also brought a moment of peace in his relationship with ex-wife Maggie Cheung. In an interview with EW about Monday night's season finale, Irma Vep revival lead Alicia Vikander says she...
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‘Irma Vep’ Review: Olivier Assayas Explores the State of Film and Himself in Fascinating Meta Miniseries
In order to talk about Irma Vep, one almost has to explore the history of this project. In 1996, writer-director Olivier Assayas released Irma Vep, a film about attempting to remake Louis Feuillade’s 1915 silent film serial classic Les Vampires. In Irma Vep, Maggie Cheung played herself, the actress hired to take on the title role. Soon after the release of Irma Vep, Cheung and Assayas were married for a handful of years.
There’s such a laidback, playful energy in HBO’s new dramedy “Irma Vep” that it’s contagious, the kind of calming escape that we really need in Summer 2022. It’s just fun to hang out in a world with such smart, interesting characters, and to simply ride the waves of creativity under the guidance of a masterful director like Olivier Assayas. A phenomenal director of actresses—just look at Juliette Binoche’s work in “Clouds of Sils Maria” or Kristen Stewart’s in “Personal Shopper” for examples—he draws one of the career-best turns out of Alicia Vikander as an actress trying to figure out her personal and professional lives while filming a television show in France. Adapting his own 1996 film (which starred Maggie Cheung) a quarter century later, Assayas has found a way to breathe life into the themes of the original by expanding on its universe. The TV series doesn’t feel like a remake as much as an updated companion to the original from a filmmaker who has spent the last 25 years since its release honing his craft and observing the very process that he loves so much with all of its personality conflicts, on-set catastrophes, and creative pitfalls. This is a smart, twisting look behind-the-scenes, and a reminder that Assayas is one of the best alive today in the filmmaking business, and apparently TV too.
‘Irma Vep’ Review: Olivier Assayas Reckons With The Ghosts Of His Filmmaking Past In Meta New HBO Series [Cannes]
When cinema is your life, cinema can hurt. “Time doesn’t heal,” Tom Sturridge says about the scars that mark us in Olivier Assayas’ beguiling and fascinating new HBO limited-series version of “Irma Vep.” “Time just buries pain, but the wounds remain.” This eloquent twist on a platitude could perfectly encapsulate Assayas’ director’s statement. Creating filmic art can be a vulnerable, agonizing endeavor; sometimes, the battles to make them and fulfill a creative vision produce traumas and ghosts that can haunt for years.
Click here to read the full article. HBO released the trailer for its upcoming limited series “Irma Vep,” from writer-director Olivier Assayas, based on his 1996 film of the same name. Starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) and produced in partnership with A24, the series premieres June 6 on HBO and HBO Max. Vikander plays Mira, an American film star fresh out of a relationship and disillusioned by her career. She comes to France to play the role of Irma Vep — an anagram for “vampire” — in a remake of the French silent film “Les Vampires.” As she...
HBO has released the official teaser trailer for Irma Vep, its upcoming miniseries adaptation of Olivier Assayas’ 1996 cult classic film. The video features Alicia Vikander as a fictional movie actress who’s tired of doing blockbuster films. She goes to France to shoot an independent movie where she gets to play the part she’s been dreaming of. It also highlights the film’s eccentric director, who is difficult to work with.