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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

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Overview

Taking the best from La Vie En Rose and Amelie renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic LIfe is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and, finally, pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty, surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician’s greatest hits, Gainsbourg: A Heroic LIfe is a quintessential time capsule from 1960s Paris.

Reactions, 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

Cast & Crew
  • Serge Gainsbourg : Eric Elmosnino
  • Jane Birkin : Lucy Gordon
  • Brigitte Bardot : Laetitia Casta
  • La Gueule : Doug Jones
  • Juliette Gréco : Anna Mouglalis
  • Bambou : Mylène Jampanoï
  • France Gall : Sara Forestier
  • Lucien Ginsburg : Kacey Mottet-Klein
  • Joseph Ginsburg : Razvan Vasilescu
  • Olga Ginsburg : Dinara Droukarova
  • Boris Vian : Philippe Katerine
  • Elisabeth Deborah : Grall
  • Fréhel : Yolande Moreau
  • Director : Joann Sfar
  • Screenplay : Joann Sfar
  • Producers : Marc Du Pontavice and Matthew Gledhill
  • Cinematography : Guillaume Schiffman
  • Film Editing : Maryline Monthieux
  • Casting : Stéphane Batut
  • Production Design : Christian Marti
  • Set Decoration : Isabelle Girard
  • Costume Design : Pascaline Chavanne
  • Original Music : Olivier Daviaud
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2010
  • Release Date : 08/31/11
  • Countries of Production : France
  • Languages : French
  • Running Time : 122 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Special 2-Disc Collector’s Set| Joann Sfar (Drawings) – a documentary by Mathieu Amalric| Original Storyboards and character sketches by Joann Sfar

The Making of GAINSBOURG

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