Koch Lorber Films has acquired theatrical, home entertainment, TV and digital rights in North America for director Rodolphe Marconi's "Lagerfeld Confidential," the company announced from Cannes Friday. Lorber plans an October U.S. roll out of the Berlinale '08 doc in October, followed by a DVD, television and digital release in 2008.
Marconi crafted the film in collaboration with Chanel's leader and tour de force Karl Lagerfeld, capturing 150 hours of one of haute couture's most charismatic yet enigmatic figures. The film gives an insider view of the inner-circle and passions that swirl around Lagerfeld, including his love for photography as well as a behind-the-runway look at some of Chanel's catwalk extravaganzas. Lagerfeld speaks freely of his philosophical take on life.
"My life is change, the principle of my life is change," Lagerfeld repeatedly asserts in the film, saying he "is only as good as his previous collection." Images of him photographing actress and Chanel model Nicole Kidman, visiting Monaco's Princess Caroline or taking time off at his retreat in Biarritz nevertheless presents a figure who appears intoxicated by his work.
Marconi also delves into the personal, though appears hesitant to question Lagerfeld about his love life, which provides for some exhilarating tension. "Why don't you just ask what you really want to ask," the severely dressed designer asks after Marconi surreptitiously inquires about his sexual tastes. Yet, the film seems to enhance the enigma, which Lagerfeld handily promotes. "What is the real Karl Lagerfeld...?" he asks rhetorically. "Circumstances determine what is reality..." [Brian Brooks]