The Cannes Film Festival has always been a Mecca for cinematic provocateurs, showcasing the daring and downright aggravating. And Gaspar Noé is no stranger. In recent years he premiered Love, a hard-core 3-D sex film, and the hallucinogenic and violent Climax. This year, the master of provocation returns with Lux Æterna, “a vibrant essay on respect for beliefs, the actor’s craft and the art of filmmaking”. Noé stages Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg to play themselves in this showbiz satire. Produced by Saint Laurent, the film unofficially works as SELF04 – the fourth instalment of the fashion house’s SELF– art project curated by Saint Laurent’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello. Its explicit and complex storytelling evokes the Saint Laurent attitude of confidence, individuality, and self-expression.

In an ultimate feat of self-parody, Lux Æterna is as much a film as it is a film criticism. Noé beautifully dissects and ridicules the characters and processes involved in filmmaking. Bizarre dialogues and industry insights create an eccentric portrait of the actresses’ worlds, while Saint Laurent’s signature style completes the glamorous and rocky allure of celebrity.

Watch the trailer below.