On the eve of its American release September 30th, the second of two biopics of the the late designer Yves Saint Laurent, Saint Laurent, has been officially submitted by France as its consideration for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.
The first biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, while first out the gate, was not well received.
Anticipation for the latter movie is high as the très talentieux Gaspard Ulliel is playing the troubled costumier. Léa Seydoux from Blue Is The Warmest Color plays his muse, Loulou de la Falaise.
Elsa Keslassy of Variety says the latter film is “more controversial and revealing than [Yves Saint Laurent]…, which was backed by the designer’s partner Pierre Bergé.
France will have stiff competition from other francophone movies: Belgium’s submission is Deux Jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) from the Dardenne brothers, and Canada’s selection is Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, which was one of the most talked about movies at the recent Telluride Film Festival.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been five years since France had a movie nominated for the Best Foreign Picture Academy Award, Un prophète (A Prophet).
It’s time to start wishing France