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Coco Before Chanel - © Haut et Court - Cine@ - Warnerbros. Ent. France et France 2

Coco Before Chanel

A Feature film by Anne Fontaine

Produced by Haut et Court, Ciné@

Release in France : 22/04/2009

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producers :

Haut et Court, Ciné@

Foreign production company :

Scope Pictures

French distribution :

Warner Bros. (France)

Co-productions :

Warner Bros. (France), France 2 Cinéma

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A little girl in the middle of France is put in an orphanage with her sister. She waits in vain every Sunday for her father to come and get her. She becomes a café singer, with a weak voice, who puts up each night with an audience of drunken soldiers. Next she's a little seamstress destined to fix hems in the back of a provincial tailor's shop. From there she becomes a trainee courtesan, her body too thin, who finds refuge with her protector Etienne Balsan, among the other women plying her trade and all the revellers. She's a lover who knows that she'll be "no one's wife," not even Boy Capel's, the man who loves her as much as she loves him. She's a rebel whom the conventions of the time prevent from breathing, and who dresses in her lovers' shirts. This is the story of Coco Chanel, who embodied the modern woman before inventing her.



Coco Before Chanel

Trailer (english subtitles)

Photos (7)

Full credits (17)

Executive Producers :

Philippe Carcassonne, Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal-Szlovak

Author of original work :

Edmonde Charles-Roux

Screenwriters :

Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine

Sound recordists :

Nicolas Cantin, Jean-Claude Laureux, Dominique Gaborieau

Press Attaché (film) :

André-Paul Ricci

Continuity supervisor :

Agathe Grau

Music Composer :

Alexandre Desplat

Choreographer :

Corinne Devaux

Make-up Artist :

Thi than tu nGuyen

Assistant Director :

Joseph Rapp

Associate producer :

Geneviève Lemal

Director of Photography :

Christophe Beaucarne

Production Manager :

Frédéric Blum

Editor :

Luc Barnier

Production Designer :

Olivier Radot

Casting :

Brigitte Moidon

Costume designer :

Catherine Leterrier

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Feature film

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Portrait, Drama

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100% French (France)

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1 h 50 min

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Dolby SRD

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Posters (9)


News (35)

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Festival Selections (16)

Les Déesses du Cinéma Français - 2014

Les Déesses du Cinéma Français (China, 2014)


General selection

Greece - French Film Festival - 2010

Greece - French Film Festival (Greece, 2010)


Sélection longs-métrages

Academy Awards - 2010

Academy Awards (United States, 2010)


Nomination for Best Costume Design : Catherine Leterrier

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2010

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2010)

Selection (6)

Best Costume Design : Catherine Leterrier

Best Production Design : Olivier Radot

Best Cinematography : Christophe Beaucarne

Best Screen Adaptation : Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine

Best Supporting Actor : Benoît Poelvoorde

Best Actress : Audrey Tautou

BAFTA - 2010

BAFTA (Great Britain, 2010)

Selection (4)

: Audrey Tautou

COSTUME DESIGN : Catherine Leterrier

MAKE UP & HAIR : Thi than tu nGuyen

European Film Awards - 2009

European Film Awards (Germany, 2009)

Selection (2)

Excellence Award : Catherine Leterrier

Best Composer : Alexandre Desplat

French Film Tour in Mexico - 2009

French Film Tour in Mexico (Mexico, 2009)


Official Selection

Haugesund International Film Festival - 2009

Haugesund International Film Festival (Norway, 2009)


Official Selection

Festival du Film français en Israël  - 2009

Festival du Film français en Israël (Israel, 2009)


Official Selection


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2010

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2010)


César award for best costume design : Catherine Leterrier