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Yves Saint Laurent

France | 2014 | 101 minutes | Jalil Lespert

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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” This high-drama journey through the life of innovative haute couturier Laurent begins in the late ‘50s with romance and a bourgeoning career.

May 30, 2014
Kirkland Performance Center  
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May 31, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31 screenings on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

Long-awaited and ambitious, this new movie by Jalil Lespert confronts the delicate exercise of the biopic and brings to the screen the creative, feminine, and troubled genius of the famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent, beautifully played by the young and charismatic actor Pierre Niney. From the outset, Pierre Bergé, his partner for almost fifty years (superbly played by Guillaume Gallienne), appears as the narrator of the movie: he’s the one who knows everything, who can tell us the secrets of Saint Laurent. Through his eyes the film becomes a declaration of dazzling and explicit love. Thanks to great documenting work, the film shoulders an almost didactic function and unveils the dark facets of Yves Saint Laurent. From the drugs to the fashion show backrooms, from the sentimental whims to the nighttime wandering, it blends the artistic trajectory of Saint Laurent with an authentic descent into hell. In the end it confirms the eternal myth of a genius whose perfectionism has been pushed to the extreme. Built on a succession of different scenes spanning Paris and Morocco, between the society parties and debauchery, the movie succeeds in depicting an eye opened to the Beauty—the eye of a brilliant artist who invented an archetype of the “woman,” audaciously reshaping the flapper aesthetic, the “woman” of Yves Saint Laurent.

Director Biography

Before becoming involved in film, Jalil Lespert was studying to become a lawyer. His first acting role was opposite his father in 1995’s Jeux de Plage, following up with a part in Laurent Cantet’s Human Resources (2001), which earned him a Cesar Award for Most Promising Actor. Lespert began directing films in 2000, with his short, Coffee and Dreams.

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Director: Jalil Lespert
Principal Cast: Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet, Marie De Villepin
Country: France
Year: 2014
Running Time: 101 minutes
Producer: Yannick Bolloré
Screenplay: Marie-Pierre Huster (screenplay), Jacques Fieschi, Jalil Lespert, Jérémie Guez, based on the book by Laurence Benaïm
Cinematographers: Thomas Hardmeier
Editors: François Gédigier
Music: Ibrahim Maalouf
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Against the Wind (2011); 24 Measures (2007)
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: The Weinstein Company
International Sales: The Festival Agency
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