Utopia announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to House of Cardin by filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes (Mansfield 66/67, Hit So Hard, Room 237, Dear Mom Love Cher). The documentary about the life and work of legendary fashion designer and entrepreneur Pierre Cardin celebrated its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and was set for a prolonged North American festival tour with the likes of the San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, and Seattle Film Festivals, among others, before the widespread COVID-19 cancellations and postponements. Ebersole and Hughes produced under their banner, The Ebersole Hughes Company, alongside Cori Coppola. Utopia will release the film in August 2020 ahead of September’s New York Fashion Week and a subsequent Paris Premiere hosted by Cardin himself.
Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature but few know the man behind the larger than life label. House of Cardin is a rare peek into the mind of a genius. As an authorized feature documentary, Mr. Cardin has granted exclusive access to his archives and professional empire and provided unprecedented interviews as he reflects on the many facets of his groundbreaking career. House of Cardin also features the likes of Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, Jenny Shimizu, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alice Cooper, Dionne Warwick, and Philippe Starck among others.
“House of Cardin brings a fresh understanding of just how incredibly groundbreaking Pierre Cardin’s role in the fashion industry has been,” says Robert Schwartzman, Co-Founder of Utopia. “From his unique and fearless design aesthetic to his vision for brand licensing development and celebration of diversity, Cardin laid a foundation for much of the modern-day fashion industry that we see today.”
David Betesh negotiated the deal for Utopia along with Ben Schwartz at Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers. The Party Film Sales is handling international rights. Executive Producers are Matthew Gonder and Othar Raven Pictures’ Margret Raven. Co-Producers are T. Bankolé, Alison Martino, Carol Ann Shine, Marc Smolowitz, Daniel Thom and Academy Award® winner Ben Wilkins.