BAD BLOOD: Pierre Bergé has slammed French director Bertrand Bonello’s film about his late partner, Yves Saint Laurent, after the movie won a César, France’s equivalent to an Academy Award, for best costume design at a ceremony on Friday night.
“YSL Bonello. César for best costume. A bone to chew on. A sympathy César he does not even deserve. Mean film, homophobic, in which only Ulliel exists,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to Gaspard Ulliel, who portrays the couturier in “Saint Laurent.”
Bergé backed a competing film, “Yves Saint Laurent,” directed by Jalil Lespert and starring Pierre Niney, who won the César for best actor for his take on Saint Laurent, besting Ulliel who was nominated in the same category.
“Overjoyed, Pierre Niney César for best actor for his interpretation of Yves Saint Laurent. It’s only justice, he was brilliant,” Bergé tweeted about the prize.
The two films had garnered a total of 17 nominations between them, frequently competing in the same categories. In his acceptance speech, Niney addressed Ulliel, downplaying any rivalry between them in the name of their common love for acting and Saint Laurent.
But Bergé was in no mood to apologize the day after the awards. “I stick by what I said yesterday. YSL Bonello this film wanted to wreak havoc, was made without respect for moral rights and crashed,” the outspoken businessman said.