Director Bertrand Tavernier

Production year 1986

Length 133min.

Country USA/France


A troubled, but talented musician flee the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.


Pasinetti Award – Best Film | Venice IFF, Italy, 1986

Oscar - Best Music | Academy Awards, USA, 1987

Best Foreign Actor | David di Donatello Awards, Italy, 1987

Silver Ribbon - Best Foreign Director, Best Foreign Actor | Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Italy, 1987

Best European Film | Bodil Awards, Denmark, 1988

Best Music | Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, USA, 1988

Best Foreign Actor | Sant Jordi Awards, Spain, 1988


Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier



Irwin Winkler


David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier

Director of Photography

Bruno de Keyzer

Production designer

Alexandre Trauner

Music by

Herbie Hancock


Bernard Le Roux


Armand Psenny


Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Christine Pascal

Production company(ies)

Little Bear, PECF

Bertrand Tavernier

(1941-2021) French director, screenwriter, actor and producer Tavernier wanted to become a filmmaker since he was thirteen or fourteen years old. The first film director with whom he worked was Jean-Pierre Melville. Later, his first film (The Clockmaker, 1974) won the Prix Louis Delluc and the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize award at the Berlin IFF. He won the BAFTA for Best Film in a Language Other than English in 1990 for Life and Nothing But and a total of two Cesar Awards. His film The Princess of Montpensier, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes IFF.


The Kisses (segment Baiser de Judas, 1963,), Chance at Love/La chance et l’amour (segment Une chance explosive, 1964), The Clockmaker of Saint Paul (1974), Let Joy Rign Supreme/Que la fՍte commence...(1975), The Judge and the Assassin (1976), Spoiled Children (1977), Death Watch (1980), Uns semaine de vacances (1980), Coup de torchon (1981), Philippe Soupault (1982, TV doc.), Ciné citron (1983, short), La 8ème génération (1983, short), Mississippi Blues (1983), A Sunday in the Country (1984), Round Midnight (1986), Beatrice/La passion Beatice (1987), Lyon, Inside out (1988, TV doc.), Life and Nothing But (1989), Daddy Nostalgia (1990), Contre l’oublie (segment Pour Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Myanma, 1991), La guerre sans nome (1992, doc.), L.627 (1991), D'Artagnan's Daughter (1994), The Bait (1995), La lettre (1996, TV), Captain Conan (1996), The Other Side of the Tracks (1997, TV doc.), It All Starts Today (1999), Les enfants de Thiès (2001, TV) Stories of Shattered Lives: The Double Sorrow of Lyon (2001), Safe Conduct/Laissez-passer (2002), Holy Lola (2004), In the Electric Mist (2009), The Princess of Montpensier (2010), Quai d’Orsay/The French Minister (2013), Les 18 du 57, Boulevard de Strasbourg (2014, short), My Journey through French Cinema (2016, doc.).