|Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky|
|Directed by||Jan Kounen|
|Produced by||Chris Bolzli
|Written by||Chris Greenhalgh
Adaptation Carlo de Boutiny & Jan Kounen
Based on the novel
Coco & Igor
by Chris Greenhalgh
|Music by||Gabriel Yared|
|Editing by||Anne Danché|
|Release date(s)||24 May 2009 (France: Cannes Film Festival,
31 May 2009 (Russia)
4 September 2009 (Denmark, Finland)
15 October 2009 (Portugal)
10 December 2009 (Netherlands)
30 December 2009 (France)
16 January 2010 (Japan)
January 2010 (US, Canada)
|Running time||118 minutes|
|Language||English, French, Russian|
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is based on the 2002 novel Coco & Igor by Chris Greenhalgh and traces the affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in Paris in 1920, the year that Chanel No. 5 was created. Greenhalgh also wrote the screenplay for the film. Karl Lagerfeld, the current chief designer of Chanel, lent his support to the production. Interestingly, the film was released in very close proximity to Anne Fontaine's Coco avant Chanel starring Audrey Tautou.
Jan Kounen shot both French-language and English-language versions of the film.
Paris, 1913: Coco Chanel attends the first, scandalous performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The rhythmic dissonance of the score and the shocking choreography of the piece cause a riot. But Coco is impressed when Igor storms out of the theatre.
Seven years later, Coco and Igor meet again. Although her business has flourished, Coco is mourning her lover, Arthur "Boy" Capel. Igor has been forced to flee to France following the Russian Revolution. An immediate sympathy and attraction is established between the ‘couturiere’ and the composer.
Coco invites Igor to live in her villa outside Paris, along with his wife and children. The summer months that follow see Coco and Igor begin a secret affair. Their work benefits from their growing intimacy; Igor begins to compose in a new, more liberated style while Coco creates Chanel No. 5 with her perfumer, Ernest Beaux.
However, the almost unbearable tension in the villa cannot be contained forever.