By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz February 25, 2014 at 9:20AM
As a special surprise for this year's 18th edition the COLCOA Festival (City of Lights, City of Angels) "A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood" has added an unprecedented seven classic films to its popular roster. The festival runs from April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America. For the first time, a daily matinee showing of a classic will complement the new films shown in competition.
COLCOA will honor writer-director Cédric Klapisch on Thursday, April 24 with a special presentation of L'Auberge Espagnole (2002) as well as the Premiere of his new film Chinese Puzzle that will be released in May in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group. Chinese Puzzle completes a trilogy Klapisich began in 2002 with L'Auberge Espagnole,followed by Russian Dolls in 2005. The cast includes Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Cécile de France. Klapisch joins previously honored writer-directors Bertrand Blier, Costa Gavras, Florent Siri, Julie Delpy and Alain Resnais whose key body of work has been shown in past events. This will be the third film by the writer-director to be presented at the festival, following Paris and My Piece of the Pie. Cédric Klapisch will meet the audience for a Happy Hour Talk panel dedicated to his work. (COLCOA Classics + Panel +Premiere of Chinese Puzzle)
Homage to Patrice Chéreau
The late writer-director Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013), who attended COLCOA in 2003 for the world Premiere of Son frère (His Brother) will be remembered in the COLCOA Classics program, which includes a special presentation of digitally restored director's cut of Queen Margot (1994), based on a novel of Alexandre Dumas, co-written by Danièle Thompson & Patrice Chéreau, and directed by Chéreau. The cast includes Isabelle
Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Daniel Auteuil. The film (celebrating its 20th anniversary) is presented in association with Cohen Media Group. The film will have will be released theatrically, as well as in digital format in the U.S.
Premiere of the Restored Version
COLCOA will present the digitally restored print of the remarkable Beauty and the Beast (1946), a romantic drama written and directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Josette Day and Jean Marais in partnership with the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF), SND/M6, Janus Films and La Cinémathèque Française.
A special 30th anniversary screening of Favourites of the Moon (1984), winner of the Special Jury Prize that year at the Venice International Film Festival, a comedy co-written by Gérard Brach and Otar Iosseliani and directed by Otar Iosseliani, starring Mathieu Amalric, Alix de Montaigu, Pascal Aubier, Jean-Pierre Beauviala, will be presented in association with the Cohen Media Group before its digital release in the U.S.
The film is also a special presentation of Purple Noon , a drama based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, co-written by Paul Gégauff and René Clément , directed by René Clément and starring Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet and Marie Laforêt and presented in association with the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF), StudioCanal, Janus Films and La Cinémathèque Française.
Premier of the Restored Version of
New digitally restored version of L'assassin habite... au 21, (1942) a drama co-written by Stanislas-André Steeman and Henri-Georges Clouzot , directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier. The film is presented in association with Titra TVS and Gaumont.
Citing the 30th anniversary of the passing of universally renowned François Truffaut in 1984, COLCOA will pay tribute to the writer-director with a special program.(To be announced soon)
From April 21 to April 28, 2014, filmgoers will celebrate the 18th edition of COLCOA "A WEEK OF FRENCH FILM PREMIERES IN HOLLYWOOD" at the Directors Guild of America. The 18th line-up of films in competition for the COLCOA Awards will be announced April 1, 2014.