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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

GAINSBOURG, JE T'AIME... MOI NON PLUS

Directed by Joann Sfar
FEATURE NARRATIVE 136 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE GAINSBOURG, JE T'AIME... MOI NON PLUS

Best-selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers a fascinating biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg with his impressive debut Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Gainsbourg was lastingly impacted by his childhood in Nazi-occupied France. Sfar gives a glimpse to what is to come by introducing a massive anti-Semitic caricature puppet that chases the young Gainsbourg through the street. From there, Sfar depicts Gainsbourg's rise to fame and his proclivity to drinking and women—including his affair with Brigitte Bardot (perfectly cast Laetitia Casta) and marriage to Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon).

Creating anything but a basic biopic, Sfar envelopes Gainsbourg's story with a unique and surrealistic style, incorporating such devices as puppets and cartoons to punctuate the incredible life of the man that gave the world songs such as "Bonnie and Clyde" and the scandalous "Je t'aime… moi non plus." Sfar's fantastical elements and sumptuous cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman give an added dimension to Gainsbourg's turbulent life, and Eric Elmosnino's uncanny resemblance and immersive performance may make you forget you're not watching Gainsbourg himself.

Drama, Music
About the Director(s)
Joann Sfar studied philosophy and linguistics in France before becoming one of the leaders of the new wave of comic book art. He has signed more than 150 comic book albums, several novels, and animated films. In 2006 he received an Eisner Award for The Rabbi's Cat. Gainsbourg is his first feature film.
Special Note

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film Eric Elmosnino as Serge Gainsbourg. See the other Award Winners.


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    136 minutes
  • Language:
    French
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylene Jampanoi
  • Director:
    Joann Sfar
  • Screenwriter:
    Joann Sfar
  • Producers:
    Marc du Pontavice, Didier Lupfer
  • Executive Producer:
    Matthew Gledhill
  • First assistant director:
    Yan Cuinet
  • Script:
    Isabel Ribis

Contacts
  • Director's Agent
    (none)
    One World Film
    Paris, 75010
    Phone: +33 1 40 18 72 00
  • Director
    Joann Sfar
    Paris, 75010
    Phone: 33 1 40 18 72 00
  • Director's Agent
    (none)
    One World Film
    Paris, 75010
    Phone: +33 1 40 18 72 00
  • Director
    Joann Sfar
    Paris, 75010
    Phone: 33 1 40 18 72 00

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