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France places Oscar hopes in 'Saint Laurent'

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France places Oscar hopes in 'Saint Laurent'
Gaspard Ulliel stars in "Saint Laurent" which France is putting forth for Oscar consideration. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP
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France has put forth a film that traces the dark side of the life led by fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent for the 2015 Oscars.

A biopic exploring the darker side of the late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is to represent France as a possible contender in the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year's Oscars.

"Saint Laurent", directed by Bertrand Bonello, will be France's nomination for the category, the country's National Cinema Centre said Monday.

Bonello's film shows the designer, who pioneered tuxedos for women and ready-to-wear, cruising for sex and taking cocaine and pills.

Concentrating on a few episodes between 1967 and 1976, it vividly conjures up the hedonistic pre-AIDS days of the early 1970s, with gay sex parties and drinking and drug-taking in nightclubs -- where Saint Laurent's muses Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise are on hand.

Here's the trailer (in French without subtitles):

A team from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will watch all the selected films from each continent before announcing a shortlist of nine films in December. That will be whittled down to just five in January 2015.

The Oscars ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015, with nominations announced on January 15th.

France last won in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 1993 for the film "Indochine" starring Catherine Deneuve.

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