Moving between workshop and catwalk backstage, from sketches to final collections, Yves Saint Laurent is captured at the twilight of his career, frail yet still vibrant. Co-founder Pierre Bergé, meanwhile, directs a series of events to celebrate YSL worldwide. Immersive sound design and subtle editing portray the end of the kingdom like a haunted mansion. Initially shot with the consent of Pierre Bergé, he later banned its release during his lifetime. This newly re-edited version is the first glimpse behind-the-scenes, a decade after his passing.
Director’s Note: This melancholic, beautiful, and absorbing documentary, mixes rare behind-the-scenes Black and White and colour footage shot during 1998-2001.
Panorama Section, Berlin International Film Festival 2019; BFI London Film Festival 2019
Screening as part of IFI French Film Festival – November 13th to 24th. Multi-film tickets available directly from the IFI Box Office: 5 films for €50, 10 films for €90.
Please note that only persons 18 years and over will be admitted to this screening.