Coco before Chanel

    All titles (3)
    Feature Film | 2008-2009 | Drama, Love, Period | France


    Brief synopsis

    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.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Audrey TautouGabrielle 'Coco' Chanel [L]Stephanie Kellner
    Benoît PoelvoordeÉtienne Balsan [L]Tobias Lelle
    Marie GillainAdrienne Chanel [L]Kathrin Gaube
    Emmanuelle DevosEmilienne d'Alençon [SR]Elisabeth Günther
    Alessandro NivolaArthur 'Boy' Capel [SR]Manou Lubowski
    Fabien BéharPatron boutique [SR]
    Roch LeiboviciStallknecht [SR]
    Kim SchwarckViolette [SR]
    div [SR]Nina Kapust


    1st ADJoseph Rapp
    Director of photographyChristophe Beaucarne
    Casting directorAntonia Dauphin
    Costume designerCatherine Leterrier
    WardrobeDaniela Telle
    DirectorAnne Fontaine
    Script supervisorAgathe Grau
    EditorLuc Barnier
    ComposerAlexandre Desplat
    ProducerSimon Arnal
    ProducerPhilippe Carcassone
    ProducerCarole Scotta
    ProducerCaroline Benjo
    Production designerOlivier Radot
    Location scoutFabien Pondevaux
    Production managerFrédéric Blum
    Unit managerVincent Lefeuvre
    Production assistantLaurent Perrot
    ScreenwriterAnne Fontaine
    ScreenwriterCamille Fontaine
    Co-writerChristopher Hampton
    Co-writerJacques Fieschi
    Script translatorTanja FrankDialoge (FR>DE)
    Subtitle translationTanja Frank(FR>DE)
    Adr recordistDagmar RobbersADR
    ChoreographerCorinne Devaux

    Distributing companies

    Playtime (formerly Films distribution) [fr]World Sales
    Warner Bros France [fr]Distribution France
    Warner Bros. Pictures Germany [de]Verleih Deutschland


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Audrey Tautou2010BAFTA [uk]Best Leading ActressNominated
    Catherine Leterrier2010Academy Awards (Oscar) [us]Costume DesignNominated
    Catherine Leterrier2010BAFTA [uk]Best Costume DesignNominated
    Catherine Leterrier2010César Awards [f]Best Costume DesignWinner


    Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 13/08/2009