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Synopsis

Unconventional country girl Gabrielle Sidonie Colette has married charismatic egomaniacal writer Willy Gauthier-Villars, fourteen years her senior. Willy introduces Colette to the hedonistic world of artistic Paris, where her creative appetite is sparked. Willy permits Colette to write her novels only if she does so in his name. The phenomenal success of her 'Claudine' novel series makes Willy a famous writer, and Colette and Willy the first modern celebrity couple. Although, the lack of recognition for her work begins to gnaw on Colette and their marriage starts to internally combust.
Colette, the iconic French writer born in 1873 is known for novels including 'Gigi', 'Cheri' and 'Break of Day'. Colette was married to the celebrated Parisian wit Willy Gauthier-Villars. Willy was one of the most notorious libertines in Paris. He introduced Colette into avant-garde intellectual and artistic circles, and while engaging in sexual affairs himself, he also encouraged Colette’s own lesbian dalliances.
The couple separated in 1906, and Colette would go on to flourish as a writer, producing most of her most celebrated works in the subsequent decades. The multi-talented Frenchwoman, also a mime, an actress and a journalist, was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2018 - Premieres - World premiere

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
111 mins
Director
Wash Westmoreland
Producer
Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters
Co-Producer
Dominic Buchanan, Caroline Levy, Lisa Zambri, Ildiko Kemeny, David Minkowski
Executive Producer
Mary Burke, Svetlana Metkina, Norman Merry
Editor
Lucia Zucchetti
Screenwriter
Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Director of Photography
Giles Nuttgens
Production Designer
Michael Carlin
Music
Thomas Adès
Principal Cast
Keira Knightly, Dominic West, Ray Panthaki, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh, Rebecca Root
Costume Designer
Andrea Flesch

Genre

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Last updated 15th January 2018

Production Company

UK, US coproduction

Number 9 Films (UK), Killer Films (US), Bold Films (US) with support of BFI (UK)

Number 9 Films
8-9 Stephen Mews
London
W1T 1AF
+44 (0)20 7323 4060
info@number9films.co.uk
http://www.number9films.co.uk

Sales
Company

HanWay Films (World sales excluding US)
24 Hanway Street
London
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http://www.hanwayfilms.com

WME Global (US sales)