‘Yves Saint Laurent’s’ Director, Star on That Other YSL Biopic

Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent,” the first of two YSL biopics scheduled for release this year, made its Gotham premiere on Monday.

The Weinstein Co.  pic, about one of haute couture’s great innovators, attracted an equal number of stars, socialites and social climbers.

“I read the script and was very moved by it so I wanted to buy it,” Harvey Weinstein said before the MoMA screening  “The last time I felt like this was with a movie called ‘The Intouchables’ and before that ‘Amelie.’ So I have a good feeling about this.”

While the film made a happy start to the New Year by topping the French box office when it bowed in January, Lespert admitted that he was less than thrilled when he heard his colleague Bertrand Bonello was making a biopic about the French fashion god, who died in 2008. (Sony Pictures Classic recently acquired Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” which bowed at Cannes last month.)

“It was weird to find out that (Bonello) was making his film,” helmer said at The Cinema Society hosted Beautique after-party. “I know him very well, so I was disappointed that he didn’t call me himself (to tell me about his project). I was like, ‘Wow,’ but from that point on I decided to just focus on my own Yves Saint Laurent movie and that was that.”

In between tequila cocktails (named Yves, and Qui Couture) and plenty of compliments from the crowd, which included Drew Barrymore and Martha Stewart, star Pierre Niney, explained that he wasn’t fazed about the competing project.

“I never thought about it because there so much work to be done,” thesp said. “I researched (Saint Laurent) heavily and spent five months preparing with three different coaches, so I didn’t have time to think about the other movie.”

Premiere was hosted by Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette and the Cinema Society.

(Pictured: Director Jalil Lespert, Marie de Villepin and Pierre Niney at the “Yves Saint Laurent” afterparty)

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