Saint Laurent’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello commissioned Argentine-French filmmaker Gaspar Noé to direct the 4th video of his international art project, SELF. Starring Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the project is an artistic commentary on society.
Entitled Lux Æterna, a 50 minute “film within the film” is selected by Cannes Film Festival as part of the midnight session projected on the 18th of May at Théâtre Lumière.
Last February Anthony proposed to support me if I had any idea for a short film. Two weeks later, in five days, with Béatrice and Charlotte we improvised this modest essay about beliefs and the art of filmmaking. Now the 51 minute baby is ready to scream… Thank God, cinema is light flashing 24 frames-per-second. – Gaspar Noe
A vibrant essay on respect for beliefs, the actor’s craft and the art of filmmaking that stages Béatrice Dalle, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Abbey Lee, Anatole Devoucoux du Buysson, Clara 3000, Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull, Felix Maritaud, Fred Cambier, Karl Glusman, Lola Pillu Perier, Loup “Vuk” Brankovic, Luka Isaac, Maxime Ruiz, Mica Arganaraz, Paul Hameline, Philippe Mensah, Stefania Cristian, Tom Kan, Victor Sekularac and Yannick Bono.
Gaspard is one of the most talented artist nowadays. I always admire his work. It was an instinctive choice to me. I like his narrative approach, the whole process. We talked about experimental movies from the 60s and 70s, especially the ones from Kenneth Anger. The only thing I asked him was to improvise a story. Filming it with Béatrice and Charlotte was one of my inner darkest fantasies. – Anthony Vaccarello
Director: Gaspar Noé
Image: Benoît Debie
Production design: Samantha Benne
First assistant director: Claire Corbetta-Doll
Editing: Jérôme Pesnel
Editing and grading: Marc Boucrot
Special Effects: Rodolphe Chabrier
Sound: Ken Yasumoto
Line Producer: Jean-Pierre Crapart
Music supervisor: Pascal Mayer