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by Anne Fontaine


A little girl from central France, who is placed in an orphanage with her sister and waits in vain every Sunday for her father to come and collect them. A weak-voiced café singer, who faces an audience of tipsy soldiers. A young seamstress destined to repair hems in a provincial tailor’s back shop. A thin-bodied apprentice courtesan, who finds refuge at her protector Etienne Balsan’s abode, among the loose women and party revellers. A lover who knows she’ll never be "someone’s wife", not even for Boy Capel, the man who nonetheless loves her. A rebel who feels stifled by the conventions of her time and wears her lovers’ shirts. This is the story of Coco Chanel, who embodied the modern woman before inventing her.

international title: Coco Before Chanel
original title: Coco avant Chanel
country: France
sales agent: Playtime
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Anne Fontaine
film run: 110'
release date: BE 22/04/2009, FR 22/04/2009, NL 28/05/2009, IT 29/05/2009, ES 05/06/2009, CZ 25/06/2009, PT 25/06/2009, UK 31/07/2009, AT 13/08/2009, DE 13/08/2009, NO 28/08/2009, SE 18/09/2009, DK 25/09/2009, FI 25/12/2009
screenplay: Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine, Christopher Hampton
cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain, Emmanuelle Devos
cinematography by: Christophe Beaucarne
film editing: Luc Barnier
art director: Olivier Radot
costumes designer: Catherine Leterrier
music: Alexandre Desplat
producer: Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Philippe Carcassonne
production: Haut et Court, Warner Bros Entertainment France, Ciné@
distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment France, Kinépolis Film Distribution (BE), RCV Entertainment (NL), Warner Bros. Pictures (AT/IT/ES/DE), Lusomundo (PT), Optimum Releasing (UK), SPI (PL)

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