Valentino’s pet pugs on his private jet, in a scene from Valentino: The Last Emperor

The lovely folks over at Hopscotch Films have sent me a huge stack of two for one passes to see Valentino: The Last Emperor.  All you have to do to get your hands on a pass, which is valid from Sept 17 until the end of the film’s theatrical season, is email me with your postal address and I’ll send the passes out to you… Whoever thought Monday morning could yield such pleasant suprises? emma (at)

The Last Emperor is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion featuring unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. The film is an intimate, engaging and funny fly-on-the-wall portrait of legendary fashion designer Valentino, along with his longtime partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. It follows them for the final two years of their careers, nearing the end of their 50-year reign at the top of the world’s most glamorous and competitive game. The struggle of art against commerce is at the centre of the film, but ultimately it proves to be an unexpectedly moving love story.