To celebrate the 19th year of the COLCOA French Film Festival, the Consul General of France, Mr. Axel Cruau, opened his consulate home in Beverly Hills, Tuesday, to festival organizers, friends, sponsors, and press for the announcement of the French film festival’s line-up. Executive Producer and Artistic Director, Francois Truffart was on hand to announce the films for the festival, now expanded to nine days, April 20-28, and held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.
A record 68 features, documentaries and shorts will screen including three World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 14 U.S. Premieres and 16 West Coast Premieres. Opening the largest French film festival in the world is the North American Premiere of “A Perfect Man,” directed and co-written by Yann Gozlan and starring Pierre Nieny and Ana Giradot. Closing the festival on Monday, April 27th are two films. The first is the International Premiere of “White Soldier,” a drama written and directed by Erick Zonca. The second is a “secret” entry that will be announced opening day, April 20.
COLCOA is happy to bring back its popular sidebars, including the Film Noir Series, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the festival. Screening as part of the Film Noir series is, “The Connection” starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and directed by Cedric Jimenez.
Also returning are the “Classics Series,” with a program of digitally restored Premieres, including Jean Renoir’s “La Chienne;” the “After 10 Series;” the “Happy Hour Panels;” the “French NeWave 2.0 Series;” and the Short Film Competition—20 shorts screen over the festival. This year’s “Focus on a Filmmaker” is Michel Hazanavicius who will screen his comedy, “OSS 117, Cairo Nest of Spies” from 2002, and his latest war drama, “The Search,” starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening. Also highlighted is “Focus on Two Producers: Maxime Delauney and Romain Rousseau” on Saturday, April 25.
A new entry to COLCOA is a television competition comprised of TV movies and series. Festival director Truffart notes that the decision to add this TV program comes “…not only because of the evolution of the market, the industry and film viewers’ habits, but also because American directors, writers, and now distributors—who are an invaluable part of our audience—are involved in both fields.” Four TV movies, including the closer, “White Soldier,” and three TV series will premiere at COLCOA. It’s an exciting addition to the already robust COLCOA French Film Festival.
The COLCOA French Film Festival is funded by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a partnership of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music, and the Writers Guild of America, West.
For festival program information, including ticket information, visit the COLCOA French Film Festival website.