Celebrating its 19th year, COLCOA (City of Lights, City of Angeles) French Film Festival kicked off it’s opening celebration Monday night at the DGA Theatres in Hollywood with that ooh la la French flair. Before the premiere screening of “A Perfect Man,” guests were invited to nosh on delicacies from such restaurants as 9021 Pho, Luxe Hotel, Church & State, Club Culinaire of Southern California, French Market Café, Josie Restaurant, Sofitel, Bistro de la Gare, K-Zo, and Sweet Temptations. French wine and champagne flowed freely, livening the festivities.
To announce the opening night film, COLCOA Executive Producer & Artistic Director Francois Truffart welcomed guests and dedicated the festival to the late Jean-Louis Tournier, former president of SACEM (The French Society for Authors, Composers, and Music Publishers), also a partner in the festival. Consul General of France, Axel Cruau next spoke highlighting next year’s special 20th COLCOA festival, including a month-long tribute to all things French (movies, TV, food, wine, culture). DGA spokesman Taylor Hackman followed by WGA representative Howard Rodman each took the stage to praise the terrific cultural exchange between France and the U.S. since the beginning of movies.
Jean-Noel Tronc, CEO of SACEM introduced the World Premiere of the comedic short film, “Struck,” which screened before the North American Premiere of “A Perfect Man.” Co-writer and director Yann Gozlan along with star Pierre Niney took the stage to introduce their noirish “A Perfect Man.” Not wanting to give any spoilers, the two vowed to return post screening for Q&A’s.
And finally, the main event, “A Perfect Man.” With nods to Hitchcock, Chabrol and Patricia Highsmith, co-writer/director Gozlan demonstrates an assured hand in direction and in escalating tension. The film chronicles a frustrated novelist, Mathieu, (played by the charismatic Niney), who finds a diary left behind in a dead man’s apartment that he’s been hired to clean out. Upon reading the diary, Mathieu realizes that this soldier’s depiction of the Algerian War would make a great novel. What’s the harm in making it your own, right?
Falling down the rabbit hole and concocting lie after lie to keep his story straight, especially after the book, “Black Sand” is a critical sensation, Mathieu spares no financial and moral expense to keep his life upright and keep his love, Alice (Ana Girardot). Gozlan’s taut thriller kept audiences enthralled to the end credits.
Once again, COLCOA French Film Festival threw a festive launch party to welcome their strong lineup of French films to Los Angeles audiences. The COLCOA French Film Festival runs April 20 – 28 at the DGA Theatres in Hollywood. For movie and event schedules as well as ticketing information, visit the COLCOA website.