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BERLINALE 2007 Panorama / France

Lagerfeld and Saint-Laurent in spotlight

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The fascinating world of haute couture and that of two of its most famous stars, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint-Laurent, will be unveiled at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (February 8-18, 2007). The Panorama sidebar will feature two French-made documentaries that explore the daily lives of the two fashion designers: Rodolphe Marconi’s Lagerfeld Confidentiel [+see also:
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and Olivier Meyrou’s Célébration [+see also:
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The Jury Grand Prize winner at Cannes 1999 with his short Stop, Marconi followed with three features: 2001’s This Is My Body (selected in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight), 2002's Love Forbidden and 2004’s The Last Day (screened at Rotterdam).

Produced by Grégory Bernard for Realitism Films with co-production financing from Backup Films, Lagerfeld Confidentiel, which is being sold internationally by Films Distribution, explores the intimate life of the eccentric and highly controversial German designer who has had a 23 year-long career with Chanel.

Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at last year’s Berlinale with Beyond Hatred [+see also:
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, this year Meyrou is presenting a film that was banned from distribution for many years.

Completed in 2001 and filmed in Super 16, Célébration (previously titled 5, Avenue Marceau) – the story of the last two years of Yves Saint-Laurent’s career – was blocked from release in 2002 after a threat of legal action from Pierre Bergé, the whimsical designer’s partner.

The secrets of the behind-the-scenes fashion world are set to be revealed by these two documentaries, which bring the total number of French films selected in the Berlin Panorama to five. The other three titles are: Julie Delpy’s Two Days [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Mazodier
interview: Julie Delpy
film profile
]
, Pascale Ferran’s Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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and Michel Spinosa’s Anna M. [+see also:
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]
(see news).

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(Translated from French)

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