JANE BY CHARLOTTE (JANE PAR CHARLOTTE)
Presented in Association with:
The Party Films sales,
Women In Film
West Coast Premiere | France | 2022 | Documentary | 88 min |
In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Written by: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Produced by: Maxime Delauney, Romain Rousseau (Nolita Cinema), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Deadly Valentine), Mathieu Ageron
Cinematography: Adrien Bertolle
Film Editing: Tianès Montasser
Cast: Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jo Attal, Serge Gainsbourg
International Sales: The Party Films Sales
U.S. Distributor: Utopia
Actor Charlotte Gainsbourg offers a truthful, touching, intimate portrait of her mother, Jane Birkin, the legendary British model, singer and actor. Looking back on their lives together in a series of soft-spoken, extremely personal mother-daughter conversations, these two celebrated women touch on Birkin’s extraordinary lives with her three partners — British composer John Barry, French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, and French filmmaker Jacques Doillon. This spare, delicate portrait of a fascinating, now-75-year-old mother by a daughter who clearly cherishes her, is nevertheless a very frank portrayal of two very human, insecure, talented women, as they take stock of both the joys and the tragedies they have shared over the years.
The daughter of two French icons, prolific singer/songwriter/actor Charlotte Gainsbourg made her musical debut at the age of 12 with the single “Lemon Incest,” a duet with her father, Serge Gainsbourg. She made her screen debut at 13, and won a César Award as Most Promising Actress two years later, for her role in Claude Miller’s L’éffrontée (1985). She costarred with her father in his controversial riff on incest, Charlotte for Ever (1985). Gainsbourg made her theatrical debut in David Mamet’s Oleanna in Paris, and received a César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Danièle Thompson’s La Bûche (1999). She has appeared in over 70 films, including Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (1996), Alejandro Iñárritu’s 21 Grams (2003), Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011) and Nymphomaniac volumes I and II (2013), and Olivier Nakache’s & Éric Toledano’s Samba (COLCOA 2015). Jane by Charlotte, her first film as a director, debuted in this year’s Cannes Film Festival.