Charlotte Gainsbourg

Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Director

About

“To be a part of this for 38 years and yet still be so… amazed, stunned, sur­prised, shak­en, intim­i­dat­ed, fright­ened, amused, soft­ened… it is proof that the cin­e­ma has its own mag­ic that no one can real­ly explain.”

Char­lotte Gains­bourg grew up on film sets and record­ing stu­dios as both of her par­ents, Jane Birkin and Serge Gains­bourg, were involved in the film and music indus­try. At the age of 13, she debuted in her first motion pic­ture play­ing Cather­ine Deneu­ve’s daugh­ter in Élie Chouraqui’s Paroles et musique. In 1986, she won the César Award for Most Promis­ing Actress for her per­for­mance in Claude Miller’s An Impu­dent Girl. That same year she appeared in Char­lotte for Ever writ­ten and direct­ed by her father.
Char­lotte expand­ed her career with var­i­ous projects such as Andrew Birkin’s The Cement Gar­den (1993), Fran­co Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (1996), Yvan Attal’s Ma femme est une actrice (2001), Ale­jan­dro G. Iñárritu’s 21 Grams (2003), Emanuele Crialese’s Gold­en Door (2006), Michel Gondry’s The Sci­ence of Sleep (2006), Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (2007), Julie Bertuccelli’s The Tree (2010), Olivi­er Nakache and Éric Toledano’s Sam­ba (2014), or Lars von Tri­er films Antichrist (2009), Melan­cho­lia (2011), and Nympho­ma­ni­ac (2013). In 2009, she won the Award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val for Antichrist.
While Char­lotte has been work­ing on film projects, she led anoth­er rich career in music as a singer-song­writer and released five albums so far: “Char­lotte for Ever” (1986), “5:55” (2006), “IRM” (2009), “Stage Whis­per” (2011), and “Rest” (2017). For this album, she was award­ed Best Female Artist of the Year 2018 at the Vic­toires de la Musique (the French Gram­my Awards). She recent­ly appeared in Yvan Attal’s My Dog Stu­pid (2019) and Les Choses humaines (2021), and Benoît Jacquot’s Suzan­na Andler (2021). Her debut fea­ture Jane by Char­lotte, a doc­u­men­tary film about her moth­er, was pre­sent­ed at the last Cannes Film Festival.

Andrew Birkin’s The Cement Gar­den (1993), Fran­co Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (1996), Yvan Attal’s Ma femme est une actrice (2001), Ale­jan­dro G. Iñárritu’s 21 Grams (2003), Emanuele Crialese’s Gold­en Door (2006), Michel Gondry’s The Sci­ence of Sleep (2006), Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (2007), Julie Bertuccelli’s The Tree (2010), Olivi­er Nakache and Eric Toledano’s Sam­ba (2014), or Lars von Tri­er films Antichrist (2009), Melan­cho­lia (2011), and Nympho­ma­ni­ac (2013)
Yvan Attal’s My Dog Stu­pid (2019) and Benoît Jacquot’s Suzan­na Andler (2021)

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