Saint Laurent is France’s candidate for the Oscars
by Fabien Lemercier
- Bertrand Bonello’s movie will represent France in the race for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign-language Film
Saint Laurent [+see also:
Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
film profile] by Bertrand Bonello (read the review) is the title that has just been selected to represent France in the race for the nominations for the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film (which will be handed out on 22 February, following the unveiling of the shortlisted nominees on 15 January).
Popular in competition at the latest Cannes Festival, Saint Laurent stars Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux, Amira Casar, Aymeline Valade, Micha Lescot, Helmut Berger, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valérie Donzelli, Jasmine Trinca and Dominique Sanda. It is also worth noting that the screenplay was written by the director together with Thomas Bidegain, and the film also boasts the brilliant work of cinematographer Josée Deshaies, production designer Katia Wyszkop and costume designer Anaïs Romand. Produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer for Mandarin Cinéma and by EuropaCorp (which will be distributing it this Wednesday 24 September in French cinemas and is handling international sales), the movie was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Orange Studio, pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, and backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts. It is the fifth feature by Bertrand Bonello, following The Pornographer (Cannes Critics’ Week in 2001), Tiresia (in competition at Cannes in 2003), On War [+see also:
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interview: Adèle Haenel
film profile] (in competition at Cannes in 2011).
The selection committee that chose Saint Laurent as the French hopeful includes Thierry Frémaux (General Delegate of the Cannes Festival) and Serge Toubiana (president of the CNC’s advance on receipts) as ex officio members, as well as five leading figures appointed by the Minister of Culture: Alain Terzian (president of the César Academy), Jean-Paul Salomé (president of Unifrance), and filmmakers Mia Hansen-Løve, Agnès Jaoui and Régis Wargnier.
(Translated from French)