Saint Laurent to start film production company, working with Pedro Almodóvar and David Cronenberg

Envisioned by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent Productions will work with directors including David Cronenberg, Paolo Sorrentino and Pedro Almodóvar – with the last’s short film premiering this May at Cannes Film Festival

Saint Laurent Pedro Almodovar Western film poster
The film poster for Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Strange Way of Life’, one of the first projects by Saint Laurent Productions
(Image credit: Courtesy of Saint Laurent)

Through his dramatic runway presentations – with their equally dramatic backdrops, from the flashing lights of the Eiffel Tower to the deserts of Morocco – Anthony Vaccarello’s vision for Saint Laurent has been decidedly cinematic. Not to mention the numerous directors he has worked with during his tenure, from Wong Kar-wai to Gaspar Noé, and the Hollywood stars he has dressed (too many to count). 

Today (14 April 2023), the house announces a new arm, Saint Laurent Productions, a registered subsidiary that will make it the first luxury brand to count ‘full-fledged film production’ among its activities. The project is led by Vaccarello himself, a reflection of what Saint Laurent says is the ‘cinematic breadth and nuances of his collections... [part of an] assured steering of the brand into the future’.

Saint Laurent Productions: the first film production company by a luxury house

A still from Almodovar western movies

Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal in Strange Way of Life (film still)

(Image credit: Courtesy Cannes Film Festival)

‘I want to work with and provide a space for all the great film talents who have inspired me over the years,’ the French creative director said in a statement this morning.

Unsurprisingly, Saint Laurent Productions will begin with a blockbuster start, participating in the 76th Cannes Festival (16 – 27 May 2023) with a short film, Strange Way of Life, by legendary Spanish director (and former Wallpaper* Design Awards judge) Pedro Almodóvar, starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal (the house is the feature’s associate producer). Almodóvar has said he does not want to spoil the plot, though the film is a Western that explores a friendship between Hawke and Pascal’s characters. Vaccarello has also designed costumes for the feature (all of the company’s upcoming films will feature clothing design by Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent).

Other projects in the pipeline include new films by award-winning auteurs David Cronenberg and Paolo Sorrentino. ‘These directors never fail to open my mind and, in a way, the singular, radical vision they bring to cinema has made me the person I am today,’ says Vaccarello.

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Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.