Oscars: France Selects 'Saint Laurent' for Foreign-Language Category

'Saint Laurent,' Bertrand Bonello, Competition

The other Yves Saint Laurent biopic (following Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent, which premiered in Berlin in February). This take on the legendary French fashion designer stars Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Lea Seydoux. Saint Laurent marks Bonello's third turn in Cannes competition, following House of Pleasures (2011) and Tiresia (2003). (Sales: EuropaCorp)

Bertrand Bonello's story of the late fashion designer premiered at Cannes

France has selected Saint Laurent as its submission for the best foreign-language film race at the 2015 Oscars.

The Bertrand Bonello-directed biopic of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews.

The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij characterized it as "coasting from party scenes full of drugs and alcohol to work-related drama but rarely managing to get inside the head of the self-destructive character the designer had become by the 1970s."

Starring Gaspard Ulliel in the title role, the film tells of the brilliant designer's drug use and descent into depression alongside his soaring business. It co-stars Louis Garrel, Jeremie Renier and Lea Seydoux as his muse Loulou de la Falaise. 

It is the second of two Saint Laurent biopics this year. It will be released in France Sept. 24 and make its U.S. debut at the New York Film Festival Sept. 30.

Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the film in the U.S.

Watch more: 'Saint Laurent' Trailer

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, UniFrance head Jean-Paul Salome, French Academy president Alain Terzian, French Cinematheque director Serge Toubiana, and directors Mia Hansen-Love, Agnes Jaoui and Oscar-winner Regis Wargnier made up the committee that selected the French Oscar submission.

The group met to draw up a shortlist on Sept. 15 and reached a final decision on Monday.

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Though it has had eight nominations since, the last time France took home the Oscar was for Regis Wargnier's 1992 colonial drama Indochine. French comedy blockbuster The Intouchables made the Academy's shortlist in 2012.

A slew of other countries have already selected their candidates for the 2015 Oscars.

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