Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

Director Jan Kounen

Production year 2009

Length 113min.

Country France


At the Theatre Des Champs-Elysées, Igor Stravinsky premieres his Rite Of Spring. Coco Chanel attends the premiere and is mesmerised… But the revolutionary work is too modern, too radical: the enraged audience boos and jeers. A near riot ensues. Stravinsky is inconsolable. Seven years later, now rich, respected and successful, Coco Chanel again meets Stravinsky – a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris after the Russian Revolution. The attraction between the two is immediate and electric. Coco offers Stravinsky the use of her villa in Garches so that he will be able to work, and he moves in without delay – with his children and consumptive wife. And so a passionate, intense love affair between two creative giants begins...


Jan Kounen
Jan Kounen



Claudie Ossard, Chris Bolzli, Veronika Zonabend


Chris Greenhalgh

Director of Photography

Chris Greenhalgh

Production designer

Marie-Hélène Sulmoni

Music by

Gabriel Yared


Vincent Tulli


Anny Danché


Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis, Elena Morozova

Production company(ies)

Eurowide Film Production

Jan Kounen

Born 1964, Utrecht, Netherlands. After completing his studies at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, where he directed his earliest shorts, Jan Kounen worked as an assistant cameraman and director on numerous videos and documentaries. In 1989, he drew considerable attention with the short film Gisèle Kérozène at the Festival du Film Fantastique at Avoriaz, and was awarded the Grand Prix in its category. During the early 1990s, Kounen worked prolifically in advertising and directed two further highly acclaimed shorts, Vibroboy and Le dernier chaperon rouge, with Emmanuelle Béart. In 1996, he directed his first feature film, the idiosyncratic and violent Dobermann, starring Vincent Cassel. Kounen then travelled extensively in Mexico and Peru, immersing himself in the indigenous cultures of those countries before returning to the big screen in 2004 with his psychedelic western, Blueberry, adapted from the famous comic book by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Moebius Giraud. Once again, Vincent Cassel had the lead role. In the same year, Kounen furthered his study of traditional Central American medicine with the documentary Other Worlds. Then Jan Kounen entered a new universe with the comedy 99 francs, a savage satire on the advertising world, adapted from Frédéric Beigbeder’s bestselling book.


Gisèle Kérozène (1989), L'âge de plastic (1990), Capitaine X (1994), Vibroboy (1994), Le dernier chaperon rouge (1996), Dobermann (1997), Bâtards (2002), Blueberry (2004), Other Worlds (2004), Darshan: The Embrace (2005), 99 francs (2007), 8 (2008, segment The Story of Panshin Beka), Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

FILMS 2010