Gainsburg: A Heroic Life
Gainsburg: A Heroic Life

Gainsburg: A Heroic Life

Director Joann Sfar

Production year 2010

Length 130min.

Country France


A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.



Best Actor | Tribeca Film Festival, USA, 2010

César, Best Actor, Best First Film Best Sound, | César Awards, France, 2011

Étoile d'Or, Best Actor, Best Male Newcomer | Étoiles d'Or, France, 2011


Joann Sfar
Joann Sfar



Marc Du Pontavice, Didier Lupfer


Joann Sfar

Director of Photography

Guillaume Schiffman

Production designer

Christian Marti

Music by

Olivier Daviaud


Maryline Monthieux


Maryline Monthieux


Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Anna Mouglalis, Doug Jones

Production company(ies)

One World Films, Studio 37, Universal Pictures International (UPI), France 2 Cinéma, Lilou Films

Joann Sfar

Born 1971, Nice, France) French comics artist, comic book creator, novelist, and film director. A wildly prolific artist, he is considered one of the most important artists of the new wave of Franco-Belgian comics. From 2009 to 2010, Sfar wrote and directed Gainsbourg: Vie Héroïque, a biopic of the illustrious French songwriter and singer, of whom Sfar is a self-confessed fanatic. The film was released in 2010 to general critical acclaim.


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