Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life - Press Page
Awards & Festivals
- Winner! César Awards 2011 - Best Actor, Eric Elmosnino
- Winner! César Awards 2011 - Best First Film, Joann Sfar (director), Didier Lupfer (producer), Marc Du Pontavice (producer)
- Winner! César Awards 2011 - Best Sound
- César Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Cinematography
- César Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Editing
- César Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Film, Joann Sfar (director), Didier Lupfer (producer), Marc Du Pontavice (producer)
- César Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Production Design
- César Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Supporting Actress, Laetitia Casta
- Winner! Étoile d'Or 2011 - Best Actor, Eric Elmosnino
- Winner! Étoile d'Or 2011 - Best Male Newcomer, Eric Elmosnino
- Winner! Tribeca Film Festival 2010 - Best Actor, Narrative Feature, Eric Elmosnino
- Winner! Sacramento French Film Festival 2011 - Audience Award
Detailed Film Info
Once upon a time, a young boy, Lucien, walked up and down the streets of Paris, proudly showing off the abominable yellow star pinned to his jacket.
When this child of Russian-Jewish parents with a cheeky sparkle in his eyes crosses paths with the pro-Nazi French militia, he starts singing The Marseillaise anthem alongside them... even though he doesn‘t quite know the words.
Then something stops young Lucien short – anti-Semitic propaganda featuring a caricature of a Jew. It’s an ugly face that resembles him a bit too closely. A face pinned up to be seen and scorned by all.
He wants to run away or erase the grotesque face but does neither. The caricature suddenly comes to life, pops out of the wall and starts to follow the boy. From that point on, the ugly face will never leave his side. It will be his shadow, his curse, his inspiration, his only companion, his alter ego.
Though he doesn’t know it yet, little Lucien will one day be known as Serge Gainsbourg.
This tale recounts the life of a hero. It’s about a young boy who goes around occupied Paris spouting out words as though he were putting flowers in a gun barrel. Forty years later, he provokes a major upheaval at a concert in Strasbourg where he is supposed to sing a Jamaican reggae version of The Marseillaise. The concert hall is sacked by the military, and the black musicians don’t even dare to come on stage. Gainsbourg became a true legend by winning over France with his subversive wit.