26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jane by Charlotte
Jane by Charlotte
Jane by Charlotte
Jane by Charlotte
Jane by Charlotte
Jane by Charlotte
Jane by Charlotte

Jane by Charlotte

director: Charlotte Gainsbourg
original title: Jane par Charlotte
country: France
year: 2021
running time: 90 min.


Charlotte Gainsbourg's directorial debut presents a documentary portrait of her famous mother — British actress, model, and songstress Jane Birkin — living in France. The camera follows both mother and daughter through concert halls, places of strong sentimental value, and everyday responsibilities, all whilst using intimate conversations to reveal their family history, explore private recollections, and present a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic work of Charlotte's late father and Jane's late husband, Serge Gainsbourg. Topics such as motherhood, the cult of beauty, alcoholism, and living in the shadows of one's parents' success are thoroughly analysed by both women in a series of open and sensitive conversations.

„Filming you with a camera is basically just an excuse to look at you.”


Charlotte Gainsbourg (1971) is a French actress and songstress, daughter of British actress Jane Birkin and musician Serge Gainsbourg. She has won a number of acting awards, including the Golden Palm at Cannes for her performance in Antichrist (2009), two César Awards (Most Promising Actress for her role in An Impudent Girl, 1985; and Best Supporting Actress for her role in Season's Beatings, 2009), and the Danish Robert Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Melancholia (2011).

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director: Charlotte Gainsbourg
producer: Mathieu Ageron, Maxime Delauney, Romain Rousseau, Charlotte Gainsbourg
photography: Adrien Bertolle
editing: Tianès Montasser
sound: Jean-Luc Audy, Martin Lanot, Samuel Delorme, Marc Doisne
výprava: Nathalie Canguilhem
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