IFC Films has announced that the company is acquiring the U.S. rights to Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou.” Produced by Kristina Larsen of Le Films du Lendemain and Hugues Charbonneau of Les Films de Pierre, the film took home the Fipresci International Critics Prize for Special Presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.
The film as described by IFC Films;
“Upon Yves Saint Laurent’s death, his life companion Pierre Berge decided to sell their private art collection, a sale considered to be “the auction of the century.’ Each object and art piece seemed to tell a story about their personal lives. This film, filled with rare material archives and exclusive images of their homes, tells their story through this ‘auction’: a story of love, art and ethics.”
President of IFC Films Jonathan Sehring said in a statement: “All of us at IFC Films were intrigued by the story told in this film. While it documents a glamorous icon, it also carries themes of love and success, elements to make it a picture that appeals to all.”
“Films Distribution has been involved in this project since its very beginning and we are extremely happy to have found IFC Films as our U.S. partner,” Films Distribution’s Nicolas Brigaud Robert said in a statement. “They are the right people for this unique film which we know will touch the U.S. audience as it has touched people around the world already.”
The deal was brokered by Lizzie Nastro, Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions for IFC with Nicolas Brigaud Robert of Films Distribution. IFC said the film will be released by IFC In Theaters in 2011.