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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


    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)

    Actors (25)

    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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    Photos (7)

    Full credits (22)

    Executive Producers :

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

    Author of original work :

    Edmonde Charles-Roux

    Screenwriters :

    Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine

    Sound Recordist :

    Nicolas Cantin

    Production Manager :

    Frédéric Blum

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Continuity supervisor :

    Agathe Grau

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    Choreographer :

    Corinne Devaux

    Make-up Artist :

    Thi than tu nGuyen

    Still Photographer :

    Chantal Thomine Desmazures

    Assistant Director :

    Joseph Rapp

    Associate producer :

    Geneviève Lemal

    Director of Photography :

    Christophe Beaucarne

    Assistant Operator :

    Emmanuel de Fleury

    Press Attaché (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci

    Sound editors :

    Sylvain Malbrant, Claire-Anne Largeron, Jean-Claude Laureux

    Production Designer :

    Olivier Radot

    Casting :

    Brigitte Moidon, Pascale Béraud

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Leterrier

    Sound mixers :

    Vincent Cosson, Dominique Gaborieau

    Location Manager :

    Vincent Lefeuvre

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    Feature film

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    Portrait, Drama

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Dolby SRD

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    Posters (9)


    News (37)

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    Festival Selections (16)

    Les Déesses du Cinéma Français - 2014

    Les Déesses du Cinéma Français (China, 2014)


    General selection

    Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce  - 2010

    Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce (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 Actress : Audrey Tautou

    Best Supporting Actor : Benoît Poelvoorde

    Best Screen Adaptation : Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine

    Best Cinematography : Christophe Beaucarne

    Best Production Design : Olivier Radot

    Best Costume Design : Catherine Leterrier

    BAFTA - 2010

    BAFTA (Great Britain, 2010)

    Selection (4)

    : Audrey Tautou

    COSTUME DESIGN : Catherine Leterrier

    MAKE UP & HAIR : Thi than tu nGuyen

    European Film Awards (EFA) - 2009

    European Film Awards (EFA) (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

    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