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Streaming January 14-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

France | 86 minutes | 2021

Jane By Charlotte

Southeast US Premiere

In creating a documentary portrait of a parent, as internationally acclaimed Jewish actor Charlotte Gainsbourg (star of MJFF films The Jews, Ismael's Ghosts, and Promise at Dawn) does in her directorial debut, one could overly flatter the subject or iron out the tough creases. Gainsbourg avoids these traps in her wise and wondrous film about her legendary mother, the singer and actress Jane Birkin. Consisting of several intimate conversations between parent and child, as well as footage of Birkin performing onstage, the result is a spare, loving window into the emotional lives of two women as they talk about subject matter that ranges from the delightful to the difficult: aging, dying, insomnia, celebrity, and their differing memories of their shared past, which includes Charlotte’s father and Jane’s husband, legendary French Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg. Jane by Charlotte is an unexpected, imaginatively visualized work that affords intimate access to someone whom many of us only think we know.


Golden Eye Nominee at the Cannes Film Festival

Director's Bio

Directed by Charlotte Gainsbourg

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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 Paroles et musique (1984). In 1986, she won the César Award for Most Promis­ing Actress for her per­for­mance in Claude Miller’s An Impu­dent Girl. Since then, she has starred in some of the world's most acclaimed films, including 21 Grams (2003), The Science of Sleep (2006), I'm Not There (2007), Melancholia (2011), and Antichrist (2009), for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cast and Credits


Charlotte Gainsbourg


Charlotte Gainsbourg


Adrien Bertolle


Tianès Montasser, Anne Person


Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin

Film Info






86 minutes


French with English subtitles
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