Did you know CharlElie has been nominated for the “Victoires de la Musique 2012” in the concert/tour of the year category? The “Victoires de la Musique” (“Music Victories“) are the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards and CharlElie has been nominated for his latest album and tour FORt rEVEUR (2011). Surprisingly, this is CharlElie’s first nomination for this award despite over 25 albums and 30 very successful years in the music industry.
It goes without saying that this nomination is even more impressive for the fact that FORt rEVEUR was release independently of any major record label.
Did you know CharlElie has been awarded with several French National Distinctions?
In 1998, CharlElie was declared “Knight of the French National Order of Merit” for his efforts in preserving the natural diversity of a local river in Lorraine, his natal region.
Later, in 2003, Stéphane Hessel, former French Resistance fighter and now diplomat, awarded CharlElie with the rare distinction of “Knight of the French National Legion of Honour”. CharlElie’s father was an important French figure of the World War II Resistance and, among many other National Distinctions, he also carried the status of “Commander of the French National Legion of Honour.”
Finally, in July 2011, the actual Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand declared CharlElie “Knight of Arts and Letters”.
Did you know CharlElie’s tennis book, “Beautiful Gestures” (“Beaux Gestes”), won the Lacoste Award for best sports book of 1999? CharlElie drew most of his book during a period where he had to stop playing due to a tennis elbow injury. He took this time to observe numerous videos of professional tennis players and study precisely their technique. He figured that since he was unable to practice, he might as well learn more about the theory. His drawings, at first for the purpose of his own understanding of the game, were put together to form this spectacular award-winning book.
Later, in 2001, CharlElie participated in the book “Roland Garros 2001, Seen by the Biggest Tennis Photographers” which also won another Lacoste Award.
Did you know CharlElie composed the entire soundtrack of five-time César Award winning movie Tchao Pantin (1983)?
Nominated for best music, Tchao Pantin was directed by Claude Berri and is still considered one of the most influential French movies ever.
The famous former French comedian Coluche (1944-1986) – winner of the best actor award for his part – plays the main character in the movie, Lambert, a burned-out case who works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone and drinking.