Fascinating, fearless, fiercely committed actresses, Jane Birkin and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg have been at the vanguard of international cinema for over five decades. Bursting onto the scene with a much-talked-about cameo in Michelangelo Antonioni’s seminal Blow-Up, the British-born Birkin went on to become an icon of cool through her association with legendary chanteur Serge Gainsbourg and one of France’s most in-demand actresses, conveying a soulful vulnerability in her collaborations with directors like Jacques Rivette, Agnès Varda, and Jacques Doillon. Like her mother, Charlotte Gainsbourg has built her career on adventurous roles for visionary auteurs, crafting a beguiling screen presence defined by an innate intelligence and a raw emotional intensity. Taken together, their body of work is an astonishing, often provocative, and always bold survey of the last half-century of European cinema.
Additionally, on display in the Film Society’s Furman Gallery throughout the retrospective will be “Actresses by Kate Barry,” an exhibition of photographs by the late Kate Barry—daughter of Jane, half-sister of Charlotte and formidable artist in her own right—presented in collaboration with the Institut Français.
Institut Français; Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York; Kristy Matheson, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Leslie Ricci; Olivier Gluzman
Retrospective organized by Dennis Lim and Dan Sullivan; exhibition organized by Florence Almozini and Rufus de Rham.
Fascinating, fearless, fiercely committed actresses, Jane Birkin and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg have been at the vanguard of international cinema for over five decades. Taken together, their body of work is defined by adventurous, often provocative roles for visionary auteurs like Jacques Rivette, Agnès Varda, and Lars von Trier.
Additionally, on display in the Film Society’s Furman Gallery throughout the retrospective will be "Actresses by Kate Barry" an exhibition of photographs by the late Kate Barry—daughter of Jane, half-sister of Charlotte and formidable artist in her own right—presented in collaboration with the Institut Français.
Q&A with Jane Birkin & Charlotte GainsbourgJoin us for a special one-night-only event with the celebrated duo. The evening will include a film from each of their extraordinary body of works—Jane Birkin in La Pirate, followed by Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist—with a conversation to take place between screenings.
Q&A with Jane Birkin on 1/31Godmother of the nouvelle vague Agnès Varda casts Birkin in everything from a heist thriller to re-creations of Renaissance portraiture in this complex, kaleidoscopic consideration of the actress as a woman, wife, mother, muse, and icon.
Q&A with Jane Birkin and Joe DallesandroSerge Gainsbourg directed this arthouse-meets-trashploitation wild ride through 1970s America—part queer road movie, part gonzo romance. Warhol Superstar Joe Dallesandro stars as a gay garbage-truck driver who falls (kind of) for Birkin’s whistle-stop waitress.
Introduction by Jane Birkin on 1/31Jane Birkin (who also conceived the story) gives one of her finest performances in this one-of-a-kind romance. She plays a 40-year-old divorcée who falls in love with her daughter’s 14-year-old classmate—an eyebrow-raising premise that’s treated with surprising tenderness.
Introduction by Jane BirkinThe film that established Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg as the “it” couple of the era is an irreverently funny, breathlessly paced tour of Swinging Sixties Europe, complete with mod decor and a très groovy lounge soundtrack.
Following a grieving couple who retreat to a cabin after their infant’s death, Lars von Trier's ultra-violent Antichrist scandalized audiences upon its premiere at Cannes, where Charlotte Gainsbourg’s fearless performance won her the award for Best Actress. An NYFF47 selection.
Jane Birkin wrote and directed this cathartic, emotional odyssey, a magical-realist memory piece in which she also stars as a woman confronting remembrances of people from her past with whom she yearns for reconciliation.
Teen angst, incest, and… what exactly is buried in the basement? In this macabre, compellingly bizarro coming-of-age tale and should-be cult classic, Charlotte Gainsbourg is the dutiful eldest daughter of a very nontraditional family.
Serge Gainsbourg courted controversy when he cast his then-14-year-old daughter Charlotte in this provocative tale, an essential document in the boundary-pushing musician’s creation of his own mythology, abetted by Charlotte’s startlingly mature performance.
The touching rapport between Birkin and Dirk Bogarde (in a feisty, charismatic performance) drives this poignant, golden-hued mood piece in which they play a father and daughter reconnecting on the Côte d’Azur during his final days.
Charlotte Gainsbourg delivers a soulful, sensitive performance as the strong-willed heroine of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel in Franco Zeffirelli’s beautifully understated, broodingly romantic screen adaptation.
In the role that won her the César Award for Most Promising Actress, Charlotte Gainsbourg conveys a nuance and sensitivity beyond her years in this tender, keenly observed coming-of-age drama. An NYFF23 selection.
Charlotte Gainsbourg delivers a fascinatingly enigmatic performance in this postwar-set portrait of wayward youth. Based on a story by François Truffaut and Claude de Givray, it plays not unlike a female-driven version of The 400 Blows.
This overlooked jewel from French New Wave titan Jacques Rivette is a beguiling haunted-house mystery about the riddles of love and art. An NYFF22 selection.
The end of the world—and the collapse of the spirit—has never been depicted as beautifully and wrenchingly as in Melancholia, the latest provocation from Lars von Trier.
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s longtime partner, actor-director Yvan Attal, established himself as something of a Gallic Woody Allen with this breezy, hilarious comedy. He plays a sportswriter consumed by jealousy when his famous actress wife (Gainsbourg) is cast in a steamy romance opposite a silver fox (Terence Stamp).
In this stylish, sexy, and subtly surreal portrait of amour fou, Jane Birkin plays a married woman who’s whisked away by her female ex-lover for a long night’s journey into extreme emotional violence.
Sexual tension simmers on the French Riviera—until it erupts in shocking violence. Jane Birkin stars alongside art-house icons Alain Delon and Romy Schneider in this sultry, sun-baked master class in slow-burn suspense.
Jane Birkin shed her ingénue image with this emotionally charged psychological drama lensed by Pierre Lhomme (Army of Shadows). She delivers a daring performance as a disturbed woman who develops a too-close relationship with her father (played by the great Michel Piccoli).
Michel Gondry’s wondrous romantic fantasy is a surrealist’s delight and a love letter to the infinite possibilities of cinema, in which ingeniously handmade puppet creations and stop-motion flights of fancy evoke the crazy-quilt logic of the unconscious.
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