The fascinating life of French designer YVES SAINT LAURENT will be the subject of this upcoming film and it’s most definitely on my radar as a perfect summer escape.
Synopsis: In January 1958, YVES SAINT LAURENT (Pierre Niney) – aged merely 21 – was unexpectedly called up to oversee the legendary Paris fashion house established by recently deceased Christian Dior. All eyes turned to this very young assistant as he presented his first collection for Dior and instantly ascended to the heights of haute couture’s elite class. During Saint Laurent’s breathtaking and groundbreaking show, he met with another fate in being introduced to Pierre Berge (Guillaume Gallienne), patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, the two founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which would rapidly become of the biggest luxury powerhouses on the planet.
Directed by Jalil Lespert with a screenplay by Lespert an Marie-Pierre Huster, YVES SAINT LAURENT is a captivating story about the making of an icon and a testament to the power of enduring love.
How did this all start? According to the press notes, Director Lespert explained that he wanted to tell a powerful, epic love story but also wanted to portray characters striving to make their dreams come true.
“What moved me about that story is that it portrays two brilliant characters, including a genius with all that it entails in terms of flaws and wounds,” says Lespert. “Moreover, Yves was a manic-depressive and diagnosed as such by doctors. What drew me in was how the two protagonists made it possible to live a lifelong relationship, despite Yves’ disease and work pressure. They were able to keep their dream going and to push the limits – the further they went, the more their love story was put to the test, and the better it survived every obstacle. This is why it is such an unprecedented, exhilarating love story.”
Actor Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent) mentioned that he did a lot of research on Saint Laurent taking in every available interview, article bio and spent several months with the designer. “I was with him every day as I watched videos and interviews or listened to his voice on my iPod I wanted to penetrate his innermost thoughts.I wanted to know him better than anyone else on the set.”
YVES SAINT LAURENT opens August 15, 2014 (Toronto, Quebec).
Here is the official trailer…