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Weinstein Company Goes Haute-Couture with 'Yves Saint Laurent' Biopic

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 20, 2013 at 3:41PM

The Weinstein Company has taken US distribution rights to French-language biopic "Yves Saint Laurent," directed by Jalil Lespert ("Headwinds") and chronicling the rise of the eponymous legendary fashion designer.
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"L'Amour Fou."
"L'Amour Fou."

The Weinstein Company has taken US distribution rights to French-language biopic "Yves Saint Laurent," directed by Jalil Lespert ("Headwinds") and chronicling the rise of the eponymous legendary fashion designer.

The film is co-penned by Lespert and Marrie-Pierre Huster, and stars Pierre Niney ("18 Years Old and Rising") in the title role, with Guillaume Gallienne (Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antionette") set to play Saint Laurent's one-time romantic partner and house co-founder, Pierre Berge.

Here's a more in-depth synopsis:

In January 1958, Yves Saint Laurent – aged merely 21 – was unexpectedly called upon to oversee the great Paris fashion house established by the recently deceased Christian Dior. All eyes turned to this very young assistant as he presented his first haute couture collection for Dior. During the highly successful and groundbreaking show, Saint Laurent met Pierre Bergé, patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, they created the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which became one of the most famous brands in fashion and luxury. Despite his own doubts and demons, Saint Laurent, fostered by Bergé, managed to turn the sleepy world of fashion upside down.

Meanwhile, director Bertrand Bonello is prepping an unrelated film production titled "Yves Saint Laurent," starring Gaspard Ulliel ("Paris, Je T'aime," "A Very Long Engagement") and Dardenne brothers regular Jeremie Renier ("The Kid with the Bike").


Our look at the Weinsteins' in-progress 2013 Oscar slate is here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.