The much awaited Karl Lagerfeld film featuring Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin is all set to premiere at Cinecitta and on Chanel site on December 1st. Christened, “Once and Forever”, the film has been directed by Karl Lagerfeld based on his own original vision, to be shown alongside the Métiers d’Art 2015/16 collection. Kristen Stewart, who has also been chosen as the face of the Métiers d’Art advertising campaign Paris-Rome, is playing the role of the house’s iconic founder, Coco Chanel, in the 11-minute fictional biopic. The actress has delivered a memorable performance as a fiery young actress exuding emotions to the fullest.
WWD reports that in the opening scenes, Stewart is seen in a ruffle-neck blouse and demure turn-of-the-century woolen suit, when the young Gabrielle Chanel was an aspiring stage performer. It features Stewart screaming at the white-haired producer and the hyped young French director, played by Jérémie Elkaïm, when she is asked to host a press conference on the movie before even having shot a single scene.
In an interview, Lagerfeld also notes that the world is commonly aware of the final image of Chanel as the old lady and not the vivacious and flirty Coco which he has bought under the light. Chanel Creative Director also added that he conceived the film with Stewart in mind, convinced she could play the role of condescending, hot-tempered diva to the hilt. “She’s beautiful, no?” asks Lagerfeld. One of Karl’s favored muse, Stewart is also front-row regular at Chanel and a protagonist at the fashion house’s casino-themed couture show. Speaking about her potential Lagerfeld said, “I think she’s one of the greatest actors of her generation. She gives the right emotion and the right intensity immediately so it’s very easy to work her, like it’s easy to work with Geraldine.”
“Once and Forever” was realized using four cameras at Luc Besson’s studios over two days. Also it is learnt that Lagerfeld’s filmmaking methods are unique as he conceives the entire movie in his head, dialogue included, and then doles out lines right on the set. The actors do not receive any scripts. The designer also asserts, “I designed the set, the choice of the clothes, everything. I like improvisation, but I like only very professional improvisation.” He also added, “I hate when they go on for hours. I think it should be short and sharp. That’s the idea of the movie.”
Lagerfeld’s latest directorial effort is a movie about a movie that will be screened at the Eternal City’s hub of Italian film, Cinecittà and in studio No. 5, but of course.