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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
Director: Joann Sfar

USA, France, drama, biographic, 130 min., 2009, lithuanian subtitles
The cinematographic debut of Joann Sfar – the biographical film “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” – is the adaptation of the comic bestseller written by the director himself about the legendary Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg. The film reveals the colourful and dynamic life of the scandalous performer: from his childhood in Nazi-occupied France and early interest in fine art through becoming a jazz performer and world famous musician to romantic and wild romances with actresses Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, played in the film by the elegant actresses and models Laetitia Casta and Lucy Gordon. A true musical icon of France and the whole world, Serge Gainsbourg has left an incredible legacy of songs, such as “Bonnie and Clyde” and the unforgettable “Je t’aime... moi non plus” with Jane Birkin. The filmmaker succeeds in creating a unique film style combining surrealism, grotesque, caricature and even puppets.

Awards:
2010 – Best Actor Award for Eric Elmosnino in Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA.

About the director:
Joann Sfar was born in Nice, France, in 1971. He studied philosophy and linguistics before becoming one of the authors of the new wave comics. He also writes short novels and draws animation films. He has won the award of Will Eisner – writer and one of the pioneers of the comics genre – for his comic book “Rabbi‘s Cat” (Le chat du rabbin). He has recently finished an animation film by the same title together with Antoine Delesvaux. “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” is Sfar’s first full feature film. Joann Sfar has written and collaborated on more than a hundred books for children and adults. He is considered one of the most talented comic authors of the French young generation.

Trailer:
Section: Music moves the world

Screenplay: Joann Sfar

Dir. of Photography: Guillaume Schiffman

Music: Olivier Daviaud

Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï, Sara Foriester, Kacey Mottet Klein