Take one for Yves Saint Laurent
by Fabien Lemercier
- The shooting of Jalil Lespert’s film begins tomorrow with Pierre Niney in the role of the famous designer and Guillaume Gallienne as Pierre Bergé
After already receiving a lot of attention in the press due to its competition with a similar project by Bertrand Bonello (managed by Mandarin and EuropaCorp and postponed until the autumn for now), the filming of the biopic Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert, handled by WY Productions, begins tomorrow in Paris. Rising star Pierre Niney (photo – nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Césars for Best Male Newcomer in J’aime regarder les filles [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile] and Comme des frères [+see also:
film profile], and much to his advantage recently in 20 ans d’écart [+see also:
film profile]) heads the bill in the role of the famous designer. He shares the screen with the equally popular Guillaume Gallienne (a real attraction in the last Directors’ Fortnight in Me Myself and Mum [+see also:
film profile]). The cast also features Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet, Nikolai Kinski, Marie de Villepin, Belgian actress Astrid Whettnall and Alexandre Steiger.
Written by the director (for whom this will be the 3rd feature film after 24 mesures [+see also:
film profile] – discovered in the Critics’ Week in Venice in 2007 – and Headwinds [+see also:
film profile]) with Jacques Fieschi, Marie-Pierre Huster and Jérémy Guez, the screenplay (which covers the period until 1976) begins in Paris, in January 1958. Yves Saint Laurent, 21 years old, has just taken over from Christian Dior and is presenting his first collection for Dior. On that particular day, he scores a huge success, and also meets Pierre Bergé (Gallienne), a patron of the arts who was to become the love of his life and his business partner. They never left each other. Three years later, they created the Yves Saint Laurent company, which became one of the most famous brands in the word of fashion and luxury.
Produced by Wassim Béji and Yannick Bolloré for WY Productions, Yves Saint Laurent which has been pre-purchased by Canal+, will benefit from sets designed by Aline Bonetto (nominated for an Oscar in 2002 and 2005 for The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain and A Very Long Engagement). The French distribution and international sales will be handled by SND which has already secured the world’s main territories (except for Italy and Spain) with, among others, acquisitions by The Weinstein Company (for the United States), Entertainment One (Great Britain, Australia and Canada), Square One (Germany), AB Svensk (Scandinavia) and ITI Cinema (Poland).
(Translated from French)
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