Cinematical has just received this exclusive poster for Coco Before Chanel, starring the delightful Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as the legendary fashion figure Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel. Directed by Anne Fontaine, the film was partly based on Edmonde Charles-Roux's book, L'Irrégulière: Ou, Mon Itinéraire Chanel, and Fontaine helped adapt it for the big screen. As the title suggests, Coco Before Chanel will follow Coco before she became an icon in the world of fashion -- touching on her time as a youth, her stint as a cabaret dancer and her affairs with the influential men who eventually helped her break into the fashion industry.

Also in the cast are Alessandro Nivola as Arthur "Boy" Capel and Benoît Poelvoorde as one of Chanel's lovers, Balsan. In an earlier post on the first French trailer for Coco Before Chanel, Jessica noted the interesting fact that Nivola -- whose character some say inspired Coco's menswear look -- had to learn French to play the part. Tautou, meanwhile, looks perfect in the role. She oozes the sort of grace, style and seductiveness needed to take on the sort of Coco that's finding herself and discovering her true passion.

Coco Before Chanel
arrives in theaters on September 25. We've provided a full synopsis and trailer after the jump, and you can view the entire poster by clicking below.


Coco Before Chanel is the story of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who began her life as headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style. The film portrays the formative years of Chanel's life, the years of Chanel spent discovering and inventing herself.

Coco Before Chanel is directed by Anne Fontaine (La Fille de Monaco/The Girl From Monaco) from a screenplay by Anne Fontaine and Camille Fontaine, with collaboration of Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons), loosely based on L'irrégulière (Chanel and Her World: Friends, Fashion, and Fame) by Edmonde Charles-Roux. The film is produced by Philippe Carcassonne (La Fille De Monaco/The Girl Class) and Carole Scotta (Entre les murs/The Class).

The director of photography is Christophe Beaucarne (Paris, Paint or Make Love); the production designer is Olivier Radot (The Lover, Queen Margot, Gabrielle). The film is edited by Luc Barnier, with original costumes by Catherine Letterier (Cesar Award winner for Bon Voyage and the Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc). Alexandre Desplat (Academy Award nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Queen) composed the score.

The production was given the support of the Maison CHANEL, who opened their archives and collections.