By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz March 18, 2013 at 1:00PM
This is one of my favorite L.A. Events!! The 17th annual City of Lights, City of Angels (4/15-22) will feature a bevy of homages, classics, restorations and retrospectives of renowned French filmmakers. The festival is also inaugurating its first producer focus, highlighting two films of the honoree during festival week.
CARTE BLANCHE TO AN AMERICAN FILMMAKER: WES ANDERSON
COL•COA has given director Wes Anderson carte blanche to program one of his favorite French films in the 2013 Classics series. He chose THE FIRE WITHIN (1963), directed by Louis Malle and starring Maurice Ronet & Jeanne Moreau (COL•COA Classics presented in Association with Janus Films and L’INSTITUT FRANCAIS). Anderson is the writer-director of MOONRISE KINGDOM, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, and RUSHMORE.
- FOCUS ON A PRODUCER: ANNE-DOMINIQUE TOUSSAINT (NEW)
The Producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint will inaugurate a new rendez vous at COL•COA entitled FOCUS ON A PRODUCER. On April 20, following the presentation of two recent films produced by Les Films des Tournelles , a discussion with the audience will shed light on the producer’s role in French cinema and France’s financing system.
- FOCUS ON A FILMMAKER : ALAIN RESNAIS
COL•COA will honor director Alain Resnais with a special presentation of STAVISKY (1974) starring Jean-Paul Belondo, in association with L’INSTITUT FRANÇAIS, as well as a premiere of his new film YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET which will be released in May in the US.
A panel will revisit the work of the French master, widely regarded as one of the greats of world cinema. (COL•COA Classics + West Coast Premiere of YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET).
- HOMAGE TO MAURICE PIALAT
COL•COA will honor writer-director Maurice Pialat on the 10th anniversary of his death, with the screening of TO OUR LOVES (1983) starring Sandrine Bonnaire, in association with L’INSTITUT FRANCAIS (COLCOA Classics)
- NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF THE RESTORED VERSION OF BAY OF ANGELS (50thANNIVERSARY)
COL•COA will present the digitally restored BAY OF ANGELS (1963) in partnership of the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF). Written and directed by Jacques Demy and starring Jeanne Moreau and Claude Mann, this seldom-seen classic will be presented in association with Ciné-Tamaris and Janus Films to celebrate its 50th anniversary (COL•COA Classics).
- 35th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRONTE SISTERS
Special 35th anniversary presentation of THE BRONTE SISTERS written and directed by Andre Techiné and starring Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani & Marie-France Pisier, in association with the Cohen Media Group before its numeric release in the US (COL•COA Classics).
The 17th line-up of films in competition for the COL·COA Awards, will be announced on March 26, 2013.
COL•COA was created by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guils of America West, and France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM). COL•COA is also supported by France’s Society of Authors, Directors and Producers (L’ARP), the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, the CNC and Unifrance.
For more information, please contact:
In Paris, Vanessa Jerrom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Los Angeles, Cathy Mouton (email@example.com)