Yves Saint Laurent Gets U.S. Pickup by IFC Films

Fashion icon’s life and love told through the auction of his private art collection


A French documentary about late fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent is getting its U.S. distribution through IFC Films, the company announced Tuesday.

IFC will release "Yves Saint Laurent L'Amour Fou" next year.

The film tells the story of "love, art and ethics" through an auction of Laurent's private art collection with partner Pierre Bergé.

Press release below:



New York, NY (November 23, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today 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 will be released by IFC In Theaters in 2011.

Upon Yves Saint Laurent’s death, his life companion Pierre Bergé 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, "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’s Nicolas Brigaud Robert said: “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. 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.

The documentary took home the Fipresci International Critics Prize for Special Presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.