GAINSBOURG : JE TAIME...MOI NON PLUS
Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
Presented with the support of
Festival Selection: Tribeca Film Festival (2010)
West Coast Premiere
In French with English subtitles
Written and directed by: Joann Sfar
Cinematography by: Guillaume Schiffman
Editing by: Maryline Monthieux
Music by: Olivier Daviaud
Produced by: Marc du Pontavice, Didier Lupfer
Production Company: One World Films
Coproduction: Studio 37, Focus Features International, France 2 Cinéma, Lilou Films, Xilam Films
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Cast: Éric Elmosnino (Serge Gainsbourg), Lucy Gordon (Jane Birkin), Laetitia Casta (Brigitte Bardot), Doug Jones (Ugly Face), Anna Mouglalis (Juliette Gréco), Mylène Jampanoï (Bambou), Sara Forestier (France Gall), Kacey Mottet Klein (Lucien Ginsburg), Razvan Vasilescu (Joseph Ginsburg), Dinara Droukarova (Olga Ginsburg), Philippe Katerine (Boris Vian), Déborah Grall (Elisabeth Levizky), Yolande Moreau (Fréhel), Ophélia Kolb (The model), Claude Chabrol (Gainsbourgs Producer), François Morel (Boarding School Director), Philippe Duquesne (Lucky Sarcelles), Angelo Debarre (The Gipsy Guitarist), Joann Sfar (Georges Brassens)
French icon Serge Gainsbourg was a singer, writer, composer and painter, but mostly a full time provocateur, famous for his unruly and unpredictable behavior in public. Gainsbourg: Je Taime...Moi Non Plus is writer-director Joann Sfars adaptation of his own comic book, mixing film and animation to recount major events in the life of Gainsbourg: his childhood as a Jew during the war, his muses, addictions and famous public scandals. With a cast including top model Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot, the late Lucy Gordon as Jane Birkin and lead actor Eric Elmosino eerily channeling Gainsbourg, the film is a dreamy portrait of the glamorous, yet destructive life of the artist, who is frequently mentioned as a major musical influence.
Writer-director JOANN SFAR is a prolific, award-winning comic book and graphic novel artist. Since the age of 23, he has published close to 150 works, including the Dungeon series with Lewis Trondheim (since 1998), the Sardine in Outer Space series with Emmanuel Guibert (2006-2008), Little Vampire (2008), Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East (2006) or The Rabbis Cat (2006 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material). Following his first feature Gainsbourg: Je Taime...Moi Non Plus, he co-directed an adaptation of The Rabbis Cat with Antoine Delesvaux, to be released in June 2010. He has also written several novels, directed animation short films, and directs a collection of books for children for Gallimard Jeunesse.
"Prolific cartoonist Sfars first feature as writer/director skillfully melds Gainsbourgs uppity inner child, self-destructive behaviour and prodigious talent with a rousing approach to the societal weight of being and looking Jewish. (...) Sfar has an animated feature based on his multi-volume hard-backed comic The Rabbis Cat due this summer but this debut alone gives him immediate credibility as a director." Lisa Nesselson, Screen International
"Debut feature by bestselling comic book artist Joann Sfar traces its subject's career -- from the jazz-influenced melodies of the early '60s to the electronic ramblings of the '80s -- in episodic bursts that combine flesh-and-blood lookalikes with cartoons, puppetry and flashbacks to a childhood marked by the German Occupation. Solidly entertaining biopic opened strong Jan. 20, with rosy overseas prospects." Jordan Mintzer, Variety.