Saint Laurent produces and costumes a western by Pedro Almodóvar – WWD
CULTURAL CLUB: Continuing to flex its cultural muscles, Saint Laurent has announced that it will produce a 30-minute English-language film by Spanish author Pedro Almodóvar.
It’s a Western starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal and filming is due to begin in August, with a slated release at a yet-to-be-determined film festival in 2023.
All the characters will be costumed with Saint Laurent clothing and accessories designed by its artistic director Anthony Vaccarello.
Vaccarello made bespoke films a key feature of his tenure, with Saint Laurent producing the films in addition to keeping them. They are part of his Self project launched in 2018 and are meant to be an artistic commentary seen through the lens of Saint Laurent.
Previous iterations have included films and photographs by author Bret Easton Ellis, performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, photographer Daido Moriyama, director Gaspar Noé, as well as a chapter curated by Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-Wai and directed by Wing Shya. Noah’s film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.
Vaccarello has strengthened the ties between Saint Laurent and different creative fields, including photography, art and design, by commissioning exclusive works linked to the brand’s values such as self-expression, while giving each artist freedom Creation.
According to IndieWire, which like WWD is owned by Penske Media Corp., Almodovár’s “Strange Way of Life” follows a pair of middle-aged gunmen, with much of the action taking place in the desert region of the Spanish region of Almería, where Sergio Leone filmed “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.