Last week we commented on how the race for the foreign language Oscar was looking increasingly queer this year, and mused that France could make it even more so if they chose to enter “Blue Is The Warmest Color,” which controversially fell into this year’s eligibility period in the end. Well, France has made their final call, and while it’s not “Blue,” it’s still a queer tale.
Bertrand Bonello’s biopic of Yves Saint Laurent, “Saint Laurent” (not to be confused with Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent” — generally regarded as the weaker of the two and also a release this year) will be competing for France. It stars Gaspard Ulliel as the fashion designer and Jérémie Renier as his lifelong partner Pierre Bergé. After winning mostly strong reviews out of Cannes, the film is about to have its US premiere at the New York Film Festival, with Sony Pictures Classics releasing it in theaters at a TBD date.
This officially means “Blue” will ultimately end up Oscar nomination free (though it does have that Palme d’Or to keep it warm), and that the foreign language Oscar race has one more queer-interest title (though every single one of them is about men).