CANNES– In one of the first major deals inked at Cannes, Sony Pictures Classic has acquired Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” the biopic of French famed designer Yves Saint Laurent which is set to premiere in competition at Cannes.
Pic was produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin and EuropaCorp, which also handles international sales and will distribute in France. Orange Studios co-produced.
“Sony Pictures Classics has since several months shown a real passion for our film and has a solid track record as a U.S. distributor in this film category,” said Christophe Lambert, CEO of EuropaCorp.
The Altmayer brothers added that that Sony Pictures Classics was “the ideal partner to bring Saint Laurent to the widest American audience.”
“Bertrand Bonello is one of France’s finest filmmakers. His films are elegant, dramatic, precise. From the moment we read the screenplay of Yves Saint Laurent we knew we wanted to release the film. This movie is a perfect fit for Sony Pictures Classics,” stated the North American distribution powerhouse.
Bonello’s film stars Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Lea Seydoux. The helmer was previously in competition with 2011’s “House of Pleasures” (then titled “House of Tolerance”) and 2003’s “Tiresia.”
Another French biopic of Yves Saint Laurent, Jalil Lespert’s pic starring Pierre Niney in the title role and released in January, was acquired by The Weinstein Company in March 2013 but has yet to be released in the U.S..