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Films on the Green Presents Coco Before Chanel

Part of Films on the Green 2019

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COCO BEFORE CHANEL (Coco avant Chanel)
Directed by Anne Fontaine, 2009, PG-13, 1h50, France-Belgium
With Audrey Tautou,
Alessandro Nivola, Benoît Poelvoorde, Emmanuelle Devos

Orphaned at a young age, Gabrielle Chanel (Tautou) learns to embroider and sew at a strict convent school before her singing ambitions lead her to perform in cafés and bars. She soon earns the nickname “Coco” and attracts the attention of Étienne Balsan (Poelvoorde), a rich gentleman intrigued by her stubborn ingénue. Swept up in her rich admirer’s world, Coco draws the eyes of society towards her with her unique, elegant style but complications arise when she falls in love with the young Arthur Capel (Nivola).

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Here is the director, Anne Fontaine, telling us an interesting fact about the legend who changed the world. We thank Ms. Fontaine for graciously sending us this video.


The 2019 Films on the Green lineup focuses on female directors in French and Francophone cinema through a selection of 13 movies. This 12th edition pays tribute to “Women Behind the Camera” in honor of Agnès Varda, feminist filmmaker and pioneer of the French New Wave, who passed away earlier this year.