Photo by François Halard

It’s the antithesis of his other homes. Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, Morocco, which the iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent shared with his partner, Pierre Bergé, is the visual incarnation of a breath of fresh air. No collections of priceless paintings, museum-class Asian antiquities, Renaissance bronzes or walls clad in hand-carved wood paneling here. For almost a decade, until Saint Laurent’s death at 71 in 2008, his preference for artfully layered spaces heaped with beautiful rarities gave way to rooms of spare sophistication. The Villa Mabrouka (mabrouka is “luck” in Arabic) is by far his most surprising refuge and an object lesson in the power of paring back.

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Foreign Language Oscars 2015: Africa

These are the five African films submitted to the Academy for the Foreign Language Oscar.

Mauritania is submitting for the very first time!

Egypt, The Factory Girl (dir. Mohamed Khan)
Ethiopia, Difret (dir. Zeresenay Berhane Mehari)
Mauritania, Timbuktu (dir. Abderrahmane Sissako)
Morocco, The Red Moon (dir. Hassan Benjelloun)
South Africa, Elelwani (dir. Ntshavheni wa Luruli)

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