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French Cinema in L.A. COLCOA April 11 to 18

by Sydney Levine
March 30, 2011 3:29 AM
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COLCOA (The City of LIghts, The City of Angeles) held a cocktail party at the home of the French consulate to announce the films, educational programs and other events, including an added eight day to show the award winners. L.A.'s annual showcase of new French films showcasing the latest in French film production: comedies and dramas, box office hits in France and novelties, first features (6) and films from confirmed writer-directors, art house movies as well as mainstream films includes many high profile premieres. The event is always highly anticipated and still retains its intimacy as it did when it began 15 years ago. The gathering and mixing of L.A. film community and the larger French community is always a happy reconnecting of friends anticipating films personally selected from hundreds screened by Francois Truffart, L.A.' favorite Frenchman, Director of COLCOA and formerly the Cultural Attache to the French Consulate in L.A. (Favorite aside from Patrick, NIcolas, Martin, Laurent, Frederic et les autres!) The flms and the food, from delectable hors d'oevres and salade, to French cheeses and that piece de resistance, the French Macaroon...Oh la la!



Another unique and distinguishing point of COLCOA is that it is produced by the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF), a unique partnership of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America, West and the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music in France, with the support of the Los Angeles Film and TV Office of the French Embassy, L’ARP and Unifrance.

Beyond the films which are all listed below the jump, a distinguishing quality of COLCOA are the academic aspects, from master classes, hosting films from the French film school La Femis to bringing in close to 3,5000 students from over 70 high schools, colleges and universities in California.

Aside from the critical and popular Opening NIght comedy Service Entrance (Les Femmes du 6eme etage) (ISA: SND) with those marvelous comedians Fabrice Lucchini, Sandrine Kiberlain and Carmen Maura, Low Cost (the French 'Airplane') (ISA: Films Distribution) and Monsieur Papa (ISA: Pathe Int'l) will have their world premieres. Cedric Klaphisch's international premiere My Piece of the PIe (ISA: StudioCanal) will screen with U.S. premiere Little White Lies (ISA: Europacorp) and North American premieres of Beautiful Lies, (ISA: Wild Bunch) A View of Love (ISA: Europacorp) by Nicole Garica ♀, the new Catherine Deneuve-starrer His Mother's Eyes, (ISA: Kinology), Jo's Boy aka Le fils a Jo (ISA: Gaumont) and Angele & Tony (ISA: Pyramide).



The Sleeping Beauty by Catherine Breillat ♀

Strand's Marcus Hu whose The Sleeping Beauty (ISA: Europacorp) will show, was proud to announce his acquisition of the opening night film Service Entrance aka Les Femmes du 6eme etage (ISA: SND) . Other U.S. distributed films include The Cohen Media Group's My Afternoon with Margueritte (ISA: StudioCanal), Music Box's The Names of Love (ISA: TF1) and Olive Films' Mammuth (ISA: Funny Balloons). The U.S. buyers have lots to see. Bertrand Blier's last film The Clink of Ice (ISA: Wild Bunch) will round out one of five series including Focus on a Filmmaker in his honor. The Tribute to Claude Chabrol will show an as-yet-unnamed film by Claude Chabrol to be presented by Martin Scorsese. Surprisingly, most prints of his films are no longer available. My personal wish list is Dirty Handss starring Romy Schneider and Rod Steiger, Quiet Days in Clichy starring Andrew McCarthy as Henry Miller or Madame Bovary starring Isabelle Huppert.

Speaking of great actresses, Nathalie Baye will also attend this, the largest French film festival outside of France.

LINE-UP FOR THE 15th ANNUAL CITY OF LIGHTS, CITY OF ANGELS (COL•COA): A WEEK OF FRENCH FILM PREMIERES IN HOLLYWOOD

In addition to 26 shorts, the festival will present 34 features; of the 30 new ones, 7 are directed by women ♀. There are two World Premieres, eight International and North American Premieres and four U.S. Premieres.

“The relationship between COL•COA and our audiences has evolved into a genuine love story over the last 15 years,” stated François Truffart, Director and Programmer. "We are thrilled that for this 15th anniversary year, we will bring an equally exclusive and high profile line up, keeping the passion for French cinema alive for both our loyal and new attendees.”

COL•COA will open with Service Entrance (“Les Femmes du 6ème étage”), a romantic comedy directed by Philippe Le Guay, co-written by Le Guay and Jérôme Tonnerre, starring Fabrice Luchini and Sandrine Kiberlain, with a supporting role by Carmen Maura. Presented at the 2011 Berlinale and recently released in France, Service Entrance is already a critical and commercial success. The film will be released in the U.S. by Strand Releasing later this year.

The COL•COA competition will close on Sunday April 17th with the North American Premiere of the new box office hit written and directed by Dany Boon, Nothing to Declare (ISA: Pathe Int'l).

Low Cost, a highly anticipated comedy written and directed by Maurice Barthélémy, and Monsieur Papa, a family film starring Kad Merad and Michèle Laroque, will have their World Premieres at COL•COA.

Several high profile titles will be introduced in the U.S. at COL•COA. Among them are My Piece of the Pie (International Premiere) (ISA: StudioCanal), written and directed by Cédric Klapisch, Little White Lies (U.S. Premiere), written and directed by Guillaume Canet, as well as the North American Premieres of Beautiful Lies, directed by Pierre Salvadori, co-written by Salvadori and Benoît Graffin, A View of Love, directed by Nicole Garcia, co-written by Garcia and Jacques Fieschi, and the new Catherine Deneuve-starrer, His Mother’s Eyes, directed by Thierry Klifa, co-written by Klifa and Christopher Thompson.

The program will feature six directorial debut films, including the North American Premiere of Jo’s Boy, written and directed by Phillippe Guillard and the North American Premiere of Angèle & Tony, written and directed by Alix Delaporte, which won the MPA’s Michel d’Ornano Prize at the 2010 Deauville Film Festival.

Five popular series will return in 2011. COL•COA.doc will introduce From One Film to Another, written and directed by Claude Lelouch, while After 10 will highlight Our Day Will Come (ISA: TF1), directed by Romain Gavras, co-written by Gavras and Karim Boukercha. COL•COA Classics will feature the restored The 317th Platoon with octogenarian writer-director Pierre Schoendoerffer in person, as well as a Tribute to Claude Chabrol with a film chosen by Martin Scorsese. The Film Noir series will include the International Premiere of The Night Clerk, directed by Raphaël Jacoulot, co-written by Jacoulot and Lise Macheboeuf. The Focus on a Filmmaker, honoring writer-director Bertrand Blier, will take its usual place on Thursday April 14th and will include his latest film, The Clink of Ice.

A second master class will be added to the COL•COA educational program in association with ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America). The program will host close to 3,500 students from over 70 high schools, colleges and universities in California. For the first time, COL•COA will also present a program of shorts from students of La Fémis in Paris.

To celebrate the announcement and recipients of the 2011 COL•COA Awards, two of the winning films will be re-screened for free on Monday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m.

City of Lights, City of Angels is funded by the FACF, a unique 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 with the vital support of L’ARP (France’s Association of Authors, Directors and Producers), the Los Angeles Film and TV Office of the French Embassy, and Unifrance.

COL•COA is sponsored by Air Tahiti Nui, Dailymotion.com, TV5MONDE (Official Sponsors), Airstar, La Boîte (Premier Sponsors), Château Brane-Cantenac, Club Culinaire of Southern California, ELMA, Gayot.com, LA Weekly, Sunset Marquis, Variety (Major Sponsors), Beaver Creak Vineyards, Boiron USA, Cinando, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Éclair Group, Ile de France Film Commission, indieWIRE, Laemmle Theaters, Marché du Film, Mubi, TITRA TVS (Platinum Sponsors) and Hollywood Blonde, Lionsgate/StudioCanal, Les Macarons Duverger, Peets Coffee & Tea, Rosenthal The Malibu Estate, ROXO Port Cellars, Salisbury Vineyards, Saint-Géron, St. Germain, Valrhona and Volvic (Supporting Sponsors).

All screenings are in French with English subtitles. Tickets are available for advance purchase online at www.colcoa.org and onsite at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90046 (cash or checks only). Please visit www.colcoa.org for box office hours. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 tickets for seniors (62+), disabled and members of: American Cinematheque, ASC, ICG, Film Independent, LACMA, SAG and Women in Film, $5 for students and under 21. Tickets are complimentary for DGA and WGAW guild members. The Happy Hour Talks are free on a first come, first served basis.

For film and press information, including hi-res photos, log on to www.colcoa.org. For public information, call (310) 289-5346.


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Monday April 11


OPENING NIGHT GALA
BY INVITATION ONLY - LIMITED TICKETS FOR SALE

SERVICE ENTRANCE (Les Femmes du 6ème étage)

West Coast Premiere
Comedy/Romance
Directed by: Philippe Le Guay
Written by: Philippe Le Guay, Jérôme Tonnerre
With: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura

Conservative and tyrannical Jean-Louis Joubert, played by Fabrice Luchini (Potiche, My Father’s Guests [COL•COA 2010], Molière), is unhappily married to Suzanne, a neurotic Parisian socialite (Sandrine Kiberlain, Mademoiselle Chambon [COL•COA 2010], A Self-Made Hero, For Sale). Enter a group of buoyant Spanish maids, refugees of the Franco regime, who live in the servants’ quarters on the sixth floor of their building. Among them are Concepción (Carmen Maura, Volver, Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and her niece María (Natalia Verbeke, The Method, Dot the I). When the family maid suddenly walks out, Suzanne and Jean-Louis hire María as their new helper and after a fight with Suzanne, Jean-Louis’ life takes a radical turn as he moves up to the sixth floor... Presented out of competition at the 2011 Berlinale, SERVICE ENTRANCE is already a critical and commercial success in France.

A former IDHEC graduate, PHILIPPE LE GUAY co-wrote and directed several shorts, including LE CLOU, Best Writing Award at the Cracow Film Festival. He then directed a first feature, the period piece LES DEUX FRAGONARD, co-written by Jérôme Tonerre. Following THE JULIETTE YEAR (1994), starring Fabrice Luchini, and the film noir NIGHT SHIFT (2000), he co-wrote and directed two comedies: THE COST OF LIVING [COL•COA 2004] and DU JOUR AU LENDEMAIN (2005). He returns with SERVICE ENTRANCE, a highly praised romantic comedy set in the 1960s, reminiscent of classic plays by Molière, Marivaux or Sacha Guitry. Philippe Le Guay has also co-written several features, including EVERY OTHER WEEKEND (1990), directed by Nicole Garcia, AFTER SEX (1997) and OUTREMER (1990), directed by Brigitte Roüan and the upcoming JE NE SUIS PAS UNE PRINCESSE, directed by Éva Ionesco.

Followed by a discussion with co-writer/director Philippe Le Guay

Film screened on Saturday April 16th for the general audience

Tuesday April 12


COL•COA CLASSICS
99 FRANCS (ISA: Pathe)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
1:30 PM

Directed by: Jan Kounen
Written by: Nicolas Charlet, Bruno Lavaine
With: Jean Dujardin, Jocelyn Quivrin, Vahina Giocante

Based on the eponymous best-selling novel by Frédéric Beigbeder, 99 FRANCS is a fast-paced and hallucinatory pastiche about the ruthless world of advertising. Decidedly cynical and hedonistic, Octave, played by Jean Dujardin (The Clink of Ice [COL•COA 2011], OSS 117 [COL•COA 2008/2009]) is the star of his advertising agency. But a failed romance with the beautiful Sophie (Vahina Giocante, Inspector Bellamy, Secrets of State [COL•COA 2009]) shatters his self-confidence and throws him into a deep depression. In a drug-induced stupor during a meeting with food giant Madone, he has a “revelation” and takes a radical turn. With the help of his partner in crime Charlie, played by Jocelyn Quivrin (What If…? [COL•COA 2008], Syriana), he embarks on a mission to sabotage what should have been the biggest ad campaign of his career.

JAN KOUNEN studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Nice, then directed several commercials and music videos. He started making waves with two short films, co-written with Carlo de Boutiny: GISÈLE KÉROZÈNE (1989), Grand Prix at the Avoriaz Fantasy Film Festival and LE DERNIER CHAPERON ROUGE (1996), starring Emmanuelle Béart. In 1997, he directed his first feature, the critically acclaimed and controversial DOBERMANN, written by Joël Houssin. He recently directed COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY (2009), written by Chris Greenhalgh and released in the U.S. by Sony Classics. His current projects include a documentary about the Dalai Lama, THE LAST CALL and 99 ROUBLES, a sequel to 99 FRANCS also starring Jean Dujardin. Fascinated with Shamanism, he has also directed the documentary OTHER WORLDS (2000) and the psychedelic western RENEGADE [COL•COA 2005], starring Vincent Cassel and Juliette Lewis.

LA FÉMIS PROGRAM
MELVILLE THEATER
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free admission

For the first time, COL•COA will present a program of shorts from students of La Fémis in Paris.

- A COR ET A CRI - Directed by: Brice Pancot; Written by: Anais Carpita et Brice Pancot
- UNIFORM (Les Murs) - Directed by: Marion Desseigne-Ravel; Written by: Marie Madinier, Marion Desseigne-Ravel & Laure Desmazières
- ANYWHERE OUT OF THE WORLD (Coucou les nuages) - Written and Directed by: Vincent Cardona
- LIKE LOVE - Written and Directed by: Sarah Cunningham
- BIRD OF PREY (Antonin les Oiseaux) - Written and Directed by: Olivier Demangel


HAPPY HOUR TALKS
TRUFFAUT THEATER
4:00 PM
Free admission
Followed by a wine and cheese reception

Meet the Delegation: French Filmmakers Talk About American Cinema
A discussion with the writer-directors invited to COL•COA to present their film, moderated by Steven Gaydos (Variety), with:

- Maurice Barthélémy
- Jean Becker
- Nicole Garcia
- Philippe Le Guay
- Pierre Salvadori

COL•COA.doc
TOSCAN, THE FRENCH TOUCH
TRUFFAUT THEATER
5:30 PM



U.S Premiere
Documentary
Written and Directed by: Isabelle Partiot-Pieri ♀

A bon vivant, erudite and man of the arts, Daniel Toscan du Plantier produced over 50 films over the course of his career. He started in advertising and became Deputy Director of Gaumont in 1975, at the age of 35. During his ten-year tenure at Gaumont, he produced legendary filmmakers Werner Herzog (Nosferatu the Vampyre), Federico Fellini (The City of Women”), Ingmar Bergman (Fanny and Alexander) and Andrey Tarkovskiy (Nostalghia). After 1985, he became an independent producer and fierce advocate of the Seventh Art, willing to take risks with controversial films like Under the Sun of Satan or The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover. He was also President of Unifrance at the time of his death and president of the highly praised Cinémathèque of Toulouse. A collection of interviews and rare footage of Daniel Toscan du Plantier, TOSCAN, THE FRENCH TOUCH screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and will have its North American Premiere at COL•COA.

A licensed architect, ISABELLE PARTIOT-PIERI is assistant director, set designer and costume designer for film and opera. After meeting Daniel Toscan du Plantier on the set of DON GIOVANNI at the Monte-Carlo opera in 1983, she worked on most of the opera films produced by Toscan. She was assistant to Francesco Rosi on CARMEN (1984), and worked with Benoît Jacquot on TOSCA (2001). She has created numerous set designs in opera houses worldwide, including AIDA (1995), TURANDOT (1997) and NABUCCO (2004) at the summer opera festival Les Chorégies d’Orange. She directed a first opera in Nantes, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (1992), then directed PETER PAN (2006) at the Châtelet Theatre in Paris, and PAGLIACCI at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. TOSCAN, THE FRENCH TOUCH, is her first feature.


BLIND DATE WITH A NEW FRENCH FILM
RENOIR THEATER
6:00 PM
Free Admission

LOVE LIKE POISON (Un Poison violent) (ISA: Films Distribution)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
7:30 PM



Los Angeles Premiere
Drama/Romance
Directed by: Katell Quillévéré
Written by: Katell Quillévéré, Mariette Désert
With: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru

Named after a Serge Gainsbourg song, LOVE LIKE POISON is a coming of age story exploring religion and sexuality through the eyes of 15 year-old Anna (newcomer Clara Augarde). Coming home from her boarding school for the holidays, Anna finds her father gone and her pious mother (singer/actress Lio, The Last Mistress, Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté) overwhelmed with grief and doubt. She also has to take care of her aging, blasphemous grandfather, played by the incomparable Michel Galabru (Welcome to the Sticks, Subway, The Judge and the Assassin). Clara feels conflicted between her Catholic faith and a newfound desire to be close to Pierre, a young teenage boy who flirts with her and cares little about God.

Born in Abidjan (Senegal), KATELL QUILLÉVÉRÉ studied cinema and philosophy at the University of Paris 8. In 2005, she wrote and directed a critically acclaimed first short, WITH ALL MY MIGHT, which screened at numerous film festivals worldwide and won many accolades, including a César nomination. She followed with two short films exploring the turmoil of adolescence: IMPRUDENCE (2007) and LET FALL (2009). Co-written by Mariette Désert, LOVE LIKE POISON is her first feature and won the 2010 Jean Vigo Prize as well as the 2008 SOPADIN Prize for Best Junior Screenplay. It screened at the 2010 Cannes Directors Fortnight, was selected for the Chicago International Film Festival’s New Directors Competition and the Rotterdam International Film Festival’s Bright Future sidebar. Katell Quillévéré is also a costume designer and co-founder of the First Short Film Encounters in Brive.


LOW COST
RENOIR THEATER
8:30 PM

World Premiere
Comedy
Written and Directed by: Maurice Barthélemy
With: Jean-Paul Rouve, Judith Godrèche, Gérard Darmon

Jean-Paul Rouve (Those Happy Days [COL•COA 2006], Podium) is Dagobert, a pathologically anxious industrial spy who just boarded a very cheap flight in Djerba, Tunisia. After eight long hours without air conditioning, the passengers are told that the plane is not going to take off. In a moment of bravado, intended to impress sexy airline stewardess Nuance (Judith Godrèche, Potiche, Please, Please me! [COL•COA 2010]), Dagobert starts a mutiny. Among the passengers is Jean-Claude (Gérard Darmon, Betty Blue, Diva), a former airline pilot going through a deep depression. Although he is clearly unable to do the job, Jean-Claude cannot resist the call to action and the passengers vote to take control of the plane. A much anticipated comedy reminiscent of Airplane! (to be released in France in May 2011), LOW COST will have its World Premiere at COL•COA.

Actor/filmmaker MAURICE BARTHÉLÉMY attended Isabelle Nanty’s acting class before turning to writing and directing. He co-founded the comedy theater troupe Les Robins des Bois in 1997 with five other classmates, including Jean-Paul Rouve and Marina Foïs (THE BIG PICTURE [COL•COA 2011]). The troupe appeared regularly on the popular daily TV show “Nulle Part Ailleurs” and wrote the feature RRRrrr!!! (2003), a comedy directed by Alain Chabat (Science Of Sleep, I Do). Maurice Barthélémy wrote and directed his first feature in 2004, CASABLANCA DRIVER, a mock documentary in which he also acts. His second feature, the acclaimed drama PAPA (2005) starred Alain Chabat and screened at COL•COA in 2006. LOW COST is his third feature as writer-director. He has also acted in SERIAL LOVER (1997), THE RACE (2002) and the box-office hit ASTERIX AND OBELIX MEETS CLEOPATRA (2002).

Followed by a discussion with writer-director Maurice Barthélemy


AFTER 10
WANDERING STREAMS (Les Petits ruisseaux) (ISA: Funny Balloons)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
10:00 PM

U.S. Premiere
Comedy/Drama
Written and Directed by: Pascal Rabaté
With: Daniel Prévost, Philippe Nahon, Bulle Ogier

A jovial tale about dormant libidos and new beginnings, WANDERING STREAMS is an adaptation of Pascal Rabaté’s eponymous comic book. It follows the adventures of Émile, played by madcap comic actor Daniel Prévost (“Little Nicholas,” “The Dinner Game,” “Colonel Chabert”). A retired widower, Émile spends most of his days fishing on the Loire River with his pal Edmond (Philippe Nahon, "Irreversible," "I Stand Alone,"). One day, Edmond reveals that he has a very active, fulfilling sex life and soon after, dies of a heart attack. The sudden loss of his best friend is like an electroshock for Émile, who wakes up from his sedate existence and finds a new appetite for life. Feeling like an adolescent all over again, he starts to think it isn’t too late to find love.

PASCAL RABATÉ is an acclaimed French comic book author. He studied at the Angers School of Fine Arts and published his first comic book, Exode, in 1989. He became well-known with Ibiscus (1999), a comic book adaptation of the Alexis Tolstoï novel. Published in 2006, his comic book Les Petits Ruisseaux became a phenomenon. It sold 45,000 copies in France and became the third best-selling title for publishers Gallimard and Futuropolis. Receiving numerous awards in France, Belgium in Canada, it was 2006 Comic Book Critics Award and Best Comic Book of the Year in France. After writing and directing a first short in 2007, CAVALIERS FACILES, he wrote and directed WANDERING STREAMS, his first feature. He is currently working on a second feature, NI A VENDRE NI A LOUER.

Wednesday April 13


MORNING RERUNS
TRUFFAUT THEATER
11:00 AM
Free admission

Film announced on Tuesday, April 12th after 10:00 PM on www.COL•COA.org, on site, on Facebook and Twitter


COL•COA CLASSICS
LOLA
TRUFFAUT THEATER
1:45 PM

Drama/Romance
Written and Directed by: Jacques Demy
With: Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden

Hailed as a bold and poetic film by luminaries Jacques Prévert and Jean Cocteau, LOLA is a tale of lost love starring the glamorous Anouk Aimée (La Dolce Vita, A Man and a Woman), nominated for a BAFTA Award for her performance as Lola. A cabaret dancer, Lola is a single mother who still yearns for the father of her son Michel (Jacques Harden, Gervaise), a sailor who left her during pregnancy. Rejecting the courtship of her smitten childhood friend Roland (Marc Michel, Bebo’s Girl, Le Trou), she occasionally finds solace in the arms of an American sailor and patiently waits for the return of her only love Michel. LOLA has been restored by Ciné Tamaris, under the supervision of his widow writer-director Agnès Varda and their children.

Writer-director JACQUES DEMY holds a special place within the French New Wave movement. Inspired by fairy tales and American musicals, he created a lush and visually striking universe with films like THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Palme d’or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival), THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (1967) and DONKEY SKIN (1970). LOLA was Demy’s first feature as writer-director, after a critically acclaimed documentary short, LE SABOTIER DU VAL DE LOIRE (1955). He followed with the classic BAY OF ANGELS (1962), starring New Wave icon Jeanne Moreau. Demy also co-wrote and directed several films in English, including MODEL SHOP (1968) and THE PIED PIPER (1971). LOLA was his first collaboration with legendary composer Michel Legrand (YENTL, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR), who later wrote the music to several of Demy’s films, including THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, which won a Grammy Award for Best Original Score and Demy’s last film THREE PLACES FOR THE 26th.


HAPPY HOUR TALKS
TRUFFAUT THEATER
4:00 PM
Free Admission
Followed by a wine and cheese reception

Foreign film Distribution: Los Angeles, a specific platform, a discussion moderated by John Kochman (Unifrance)


LA FÉMIS PROGRAM
MELVILLE THEATER
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free Admission

- A COR ET A CRI - Directed by: Brice Pancot; Written by: Anais Carpita et Brice Pancot
- UNIFORM (Les Murs) - Directed by: Marion Desseigne-Ravel; Written by: Marie Madinier, Marion Desseigne-Ravel & Laure Desmazières
- ANYWHERE OUT OF THE WORLD (Coucou les nuages) - Written and Directed by: Vincent Cardona
- LIKE LOVE - Written and Directed by: Sarah Cunningham
- BIRD OF PREY (Antonin les Oiseaux) - Written and Directed by: Olivier Demangel


COL•COA.doc
FROM ONE FILM TO ANOTHER (D’un film à l’autre)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
5:30 PM

West Coast Premiere
Documentary
Written and Directed by: Claude Lelouch

A meditation on cinema and a personal testimony of a unique filmmaker, FROM ONE FILM TO ANOTHER is screened at COL•COA the same day as its French release. From his first film LE PROPRE DE L’HOMME to his latest opus WHAT LOVE MAY BRING, Lelouch revisits his career choices, talks about his relationship to actors and his use of music in film. He comments on images from some of his most acclaimed features (A MAN AND A WOMAN, ITINÉRAIRE D’UN ENFANT GÂTÉ) as well as some rarely seen films like GRENOBLE, LOVE IS A FUNNY THING, CAT AND MOUSE or THE CROOK. The film also features rare footage, including interviews with actors on the set of ANOTHER MAN, ANOTHER CHANCE, and poignant images of actor Patrick Dewaere a few days before he committed suicide.

Award-winning filmmaker CLAUDE LELOUCH started his career as a reporter, filming sporting events like the Tour de France and the Olympics. He became an overnight sensation in 1966 with A MAN AND A WOMAN, a film co-written by Pierre Uytterhoeven. A MAN AND A WOMAN won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and two Academy Awards® (Best Foreign Language film and Best Original Screenplay). He has since written and directed over 40 films, such as the acclaimed AND NOW MY LOVE (1974), nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay, or ITINÉRAIRE D’UN ENFANT GÂTÉ (1988 Best Actor César Award for Jean-Paul Belmondo). The three-hour epic BOLERO, Technical Grand Prize winner at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for six César Awards, is widely considered to be his masterpiece. In 2002, he contributed a short film for SEPTEMBER 11, a collection including segments by Alejandro González Iñárritu and Sean Penn. The film won a UNESCO Award at the Venice Mostra. Among his most recent films, ROMAN DE GARE [COL•COA 2008] was a critical and commercial success. It was released in the U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn Films. With FROM ONE FILM TO ANOTHER, writer-director Claude Lelouch celebrates the 50th anniversary of his career and founding his production company Les Films 13.


15th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
MY PIECE OF THE PIE (Ma part du gâteau)
RENOIR THEATER
6:00 PM

West Coast Premiere
Comedy/Drama
Written and Directed by: Cédric Klapisch
With: Karin Viard, Gilles Lellouche

A social class drama tinged with Klapisch’s sharp humor, MY PIECE OF THE PIE stars Karin Viard (Potiche, The Code Has Changed, Delicatessen) as France, a single mother suddenly out of a job, following the closing of the factory where she worked. Her job search leads her to become a housekeeper for Steve, a successful Parisian stockbroker, played by Gilles Lellouche (Little White Lies [COL•COA 2011], Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mesrine [COL•COA 2009]). As they grow closer, France is attracted to Steve and tries to understand his world view, until he confesses that he is responsible for her former employer’s bankruptcy…MY PIECE OF THE PIE was released in March 2011 in France, and will have its International Premiere at COL•COA.

Award-winning writer-director CEDRIC KLAPISCH studied cinema at New York University Film School, where he completed a Master of Fine Arts. He directed several short films before gaining recognition with two first features, RIENS DU TOUT (1992) and LE PÉRIL JEUNE (Audience Award at the 1994 Paris Film Festival). After the critical and commercial success WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY (1996 International Federation of Film Critics prize at the Berlinale), Klapisch adapted FAMILY RESEMBLANCES, a play written by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri, and won a César Award for Best Writing - Adaptation. He became known worldwide with the box-office hits L’AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE (2002) and THE RUSSIAN DOLLS (2005), followed by the critically-acclaimed PARIS [COL•COA 2008], released in the U.S. by IFC Films. In 2003, he received an Emerging Masters Showcase Award at the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival.


LILY SOMETIMES (Pieds nus sur les limaces)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
7:45 PM

West Coast Premiere
Comedy/Drama
Directed by: Fabienne Berthaud ♀
Written by: Fabienne Berthaud, Pascal Arnold
With: Diane Kruger, Ludivine Sagnier

Ludivine Sagnier (Love Crime, Mesrine [COL•COA 2009], Swimming Pool) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, Anything For Her, Troy) are inseparable sisters in LILY SOMETIMES, Art Cinema Award-winner at the 2010 Cannes Directors' Fortnight. Ludivine Sagnier - who won a Lumière Award for her performance - is Lily, an eccentric young girl who lives with her mother in the countryside. A free-spirit who defiantly ignores all social conventions, she is determined to live according to her every whim. When her mother suddenly dies, Lily’s quirkiness veers to uncontrollable behavior and her older sister Clara (Diane Kruger) feels compelled to move in with her. Serious and conservative, Clara claims to be happy, working in her husband’s Parisian law office. But once she moves in with Lily, Clara begins to question her own life.

FABIENNE BERTHAUD co-wrote and co-directed two short films with Aruna Villiers, NOEL EN FAMILLE (1998) and CHAIR EN VIE (1999), before writing and directing her first feature FRANKIE (2005). Starring Dianne Kruger, FRANKIE featured music by the band Cocorosie and won critical acclaim. It screened at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Visions sidebar and was selected for the Filmmakers of the Present competition of the Locarno International Film Festival. Co-written with Pascal Arnold, Berthaud’s second feature LILY SOMETIMES is an adaption of her own novel. For the score of LILY SOMETIMES, she worked with renowned composer Michael Stevens (Grand Torino, Invictus). A photographer and cinematographer, she was also production designer on THE FORSAKEN LAND, Caméra d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Fabienne Berthaud has recently published her fifth novel: Un Jardin sur le ventre.


LITTLE WHITE LIES (Les Petits mouchoirs)
RENOIR THEATER
8:30 PM

U.S Premiere
Comedy/Drama
Written and Directed by: Guillaume Canet
With: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin

Restaurant owner Max (François Cluzet, In the Beginning [COL•COA 2010], Tell No One, Round Midnight) welcomes a group of friends every summer to his cottage for their annual beach holiday. But this year is not the same, as one of them is missing. Ludo, played by Jean Dujardin (The Clink of Ice [COL•COA 2011], OSS 117 [COL•COA 2008/2009]), is lying in a coma after a motorcycle accident. His absence brings out many repressed emotions and uncomfortable truths, testing their friendship and forcing them to deal with their ‘little white lies’. A box-office hit in France, LITTLE WHITE LIES features an ensemble cast including Marion Cotillard (Inception, La Vie en Rose [COL•COA 2007]) and Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher, A Girl Cut in Two).

Actor/filmmaker GUILLAUME CANET co-wrote and directed his first feature ANYTHING YOU SAY [COL•COA 2003/2008] in 2002 to much acclaim, receiving a César nomination for Best First Film and a European Film Award for Discovery of the Year. He followed it with TELL NO ONE [COL•COA 2007], based on a novel by Harlan Coben and co-written by Philippe Lefèbvre. TELL NO ONE won a Lumière Award for Best Film, multiple César awards including Best Director and had a successful nationwide release in the U.S. (Music Box Films). His third feature and first as writer-director, LITTLE WHITE LIES had a special Gala presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for two César Awards. Guillaume Canet has acted in more than 40 films, most recently in FAREWELL [COL•COA 2010] and LAST NIGHT with Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes.


AFTER 10
OUR DAY WILL COME (Notre jour viendra)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
10:15 PM

West Coast Premiere
Drama
Directed by: Romain Gavras
Written by: Romain Gavras, Karim Boukercha
With: Vincent Cassel, Olivier Barthélémy

Deliberately blurring the line between good and evil, OUR DAY WILL COME is a surreal, provocative road movie starring Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine [COL•COA 2009], Ocean’s Thirteen) and Eric Barthélémy (The Burma Conspiracy, Sheitan). Bullied by his family and his classmates, Rémy (Barthélémy) is an awkward youth, who believes he is persecuted for his red hair. He runs away from home and meets Patrick (Cassel), a cynical psychotherapist whom he identifies as a fellow redhead. Patrick’s nihilism and taste for the extreme unlocks Rémy’s contained rage and, from insecure social outcast, Rémy turns into a violent fanatic. Like a modern Don Quixote, Rémy convinces Patrick that they will only find peace in the redheads’ motherland, and together they embark on a frenetic quest for their El Dorado.

The son of writer-director Costa-Gavras, ROMAIN GAVRAS began making films on Video8 at the age of 14. In 1995, he co-founded Kourtrajmé Productions, a Paris-based collective of emerging visual artists, filmmakers, actors and musicians. He became known worldwide for directing Stress, a controversial music video for French duo Justice, which won Best International Video at the 2008 U.K. Music Video Awards. Following another controversial music video for M.I.A., Born Free, where redheads are rounded up by the police in Los Angeles, he expanded the idea into his first feature, OUR DAY WILL COME. Co-written by Karim Boukercha and co-produced by Vincent Cassel, the film screened at the 2011 SXSW as part of Emerging Visions, and was presented at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard sidebar.


Thursday April 14


MORNING RERUNS
TRUFFAUT THEATER
11:00AM
Free admission

Film announced on Wednesday, April 13th after 10:00 PM on www.COL•COA.org, on site, on Facebook and Twitter


COL•COA CLASSICS
FOCUS ON BERTRAND BLIER

COLD CUTS (Buffet froid)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
2:00 PM

Black Comedy/Crime
Written and Directed by: Bertrand Blier
With: Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet

Described as “a cheerful nightmare” by daily newspaper Le Monde when It opened in 1979, COLD CUTS is set in a surreal world of urban alienation, senseless violence and black humor not unlike Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Beginning with a random stabbing in a deserted subway station, the story moves from one killing to the next, bringing together young unemployed Alphonse (Gérard Depardieu), his wife’s queasy murderer (Jean Carmet, Germinal, Les Misérables, Black and White in Color) and a police inspector with an impulse to kill every time he hears a Brahms quintet, played by the filmmaker’s father - iconic character actor Bernard Blier (The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe, Les Tontons Flingueurs, Quai des Orfèvres).

One of France’s most celebrated iconoclasts, writer-director BERTRAND BLIER directed his first film in 1963, a documentary entitled HITLER – NEVER HEARD OF HIM. After a first feature in 1967 starring his father Bernard Blier (IF I WERE A SPY), he wrote and directed the box-office hit GOING PLACES (1974), a subversive buddy movie that defined his signature acerbic wit, sharp social criticism and penchant for erotic themes. Confirming this success with GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS, which won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Blier continued to venture into risky territory with provocative films like COLD CUTS (1980 Cesar Award for Best Screenplay), BEAU-PÈRE (1981) or MÉNAGE (1986). Gaining a wider audience with TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU, (1989 Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and 1990 Cesar Award for Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenplay), he later gave women a more central role in his films, crafting strong female characters in films like MERCI LA VIE (1991), MON HOMME (1996) and HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME? [COL•COA 2006]. His latest film THE CLINK OF ICE is also screening at COL•COA 2011, as part of the Focus on a Filmmaker.


LA FÉMIS PROGRAM
MELVILLE THEATER
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free admission

- A COR ET A CRI - Directed by: Brice Pancot; Written by: Anais Carpita et Brice Pancot
- UNIFORM (Les Murs) - Directed by: Marion Desseigne-Ravel; Written by: Marie Madinier, Marion Desseigne-Ravel & Laure Desmazières
- ANYWHERE OUT OF THE WORLD (Coucou les nuages) - Written and Directed by: Vincent Cardona
- LIKE LOVE - Written and Directed by: Sarah Cunningham
- BIRD OF PREY (Antonin les Oiseaux) - Written and Directed by: Olivier Demangel

HAPPY HOUR TALKS
FOCUS ON BERTRAND BLIER
TRUFFAUT THEATER
4:00 PM
Free admission
Followed by a wine and cheese reception

A one-hour conversation with Bertrand Blier, moderated by Wade Major (Box Office)


COL•COA.doc
INTO OUR OWN HANDS (Entre nos mains)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
5:30 PM

U.S. Premiere
Documentary
Written and Directed by: Mariana Otéro

Nominated for a 2011 César Award for Best Documentary and presented at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival as part of the ACID selection (Association for the distribution of independent cinema), INTO OUR OWN HANDS is a rare insider’s look at the daily life of a small company in crisis. To prevent bankruptcy and potential layoffs, several executives of Starissima, a boutique lingerie maker, consider forming a co-op. This fundamental change raises many practical questions for these manual workers. They try to grasp the concept of profit-sharing and while sewing bras and underwear, they discuss fundamental economic and social issues. As the project takes shape, they have to confront a CEO who is not ready to hand the company over, facing the harsh reality of the marketplace.

A former IDHEC graduate, MARIANA OTÉRO is an actress, a filmmaker and cinematographer. She started her career with LA LOI DU COLLÈGE (1994), a series of acclaimed television documentaries for Franco-German channel Arte. In 1997, she directed IT’S YOUR TV TOO, a television documentary chronicling the success of Portuguese television channel SIC. Her first feature, HISTORY OF A SECRET (2003), a semi-autobiographical film, starred her sister Isabel Otero. The film won Best Documentary - Special '20th Anniversary' Prize at the Valladolid International Film Festival. She has been a member of the documentary film school “Les Ateliers Varan" since 2000. She has also acted in several films, most recently in NOUVELLE CHANCE (2006), co-written and directed by Anne Fontaine.


HIS MOTHER’S EYES (Les Yeux de sa mère)
RENOIR THEATER
6:00 PM

North American Premiere
Drama/Romance
Directed by: Thierry Klifa
Written by: Thierry Klifa, Christopher Thompson
With: Catherine Deneuve, Géraldine Pailhas, Nicolas Duvauchelle

HIS MOTHER’S EYES is an intense drama, featuring an ensemble cast including the iconic Catherine Deneuve, and celebrated Spanish actress Marisa Paredes (The Devil’s Backbone, All About My Mother, Life is Beautiful). Deneuve is Lena Weber, a celebrity news anchor who is preyed upon by Mathieu, a troubled young author, played by Nicolas Duvauchelle (White Material, The Girl on the Train [COL•COA 2009], Beau Travail). Lacking inspiration, Mathieu wants to write Lena’s unauthorized biography and is determined to use all means possible to uncover her darkest secrets. He seduces her estranged daughter, ballet dancer Maria Canalès (played by Géraldine Pailhas, Spyies [COL•COA 2009]) and slowly insinuates himself into their complex family life, regardless of the consequences.

THIERRY KLIFA was a journalist for Studio Magazine for eleven years before writing and directing a first short film, EMILIE EST PARTIE (2001). He wrote and directed a critically acclaimed first feature, I'VE BEEN WAITING SO LONG (2004), a love triangle starring Patrick Bruel, Nathalie Baye and Géraldine Pailhas. He then directed a second feature, FAMILY HERO [COL•COA 2007] written by Christopher Thomson (Avenue Montaigne) and co-wrote with Thompson the generational film BUS PALLADIUM (2010), a comedy about a French rock band. He has also directed a television documentary about the César awards, 30 ANS DE CÉSAR (2005). Screened for the first time in North America at COL•COA, HIS MOTHER’S EYES is his third feature as writer-director.


THE NAMES OF LOVE (Le Nom des gens)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere
Comedy/Romance
Directed by: Michel Leclerc
Written by: Michel Leclerc, Baya Kasmi
With: Jacques Gamblin, Sara Forestier



The Names of Love


THE NAMES OF LOVE is an award-winning romantic comedy starring Sara Forestier (Wild Grass, Games of Love and Chance) as Bahia Benmahmoud, a free spirit practicing a peculiar form of “embedded” political activism. Confident in her ability to convert any conservative man to her liberal opinions through sex, she sees as a duty to sleep with any man who has conservative political views. She is extremely successful at it and goes from one conquest to the next until she meets the uptight, neurotic Arthur Martin, played by Jacques Gamblin (Inspector Bellamy, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [COL•COA 2009]). Sure to have spotted a particularly severe case, she immediately seduces him and enters like a tornado in Arthur’s life.

MICHEL LECLERC wrote and directed several short films from 1991 to 2002, including LE POTEAU ROSE (2002), screened at several international film festivals and winner of the Special Mention of the Jury at the 2002 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He wrote and directed his debut feature J’INVENTE RIEN in 2006, followed by THE NAMES OF LOVE (2007), co-written by Baya Kasmi. Soon to be released in the U.S., THE NAMES OF LOVE opened the 2010 Cannes Critics Week and won two César Awards (Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Sara Forestier). Michel Leclerc is currently working on TÉLÉ-GAUCHO (2012), a film also co-written by Baya Kasmi, starring Emmanuelle Béart. He has also co-written LA TÊTE DE MAMAN (2007), a film directed by Carine Tardieu.


FOCUS ON BERTRAND BLIER
THE CLINK OF ICE (Le Bruit des glaçons)
RENOIR THEATER
8:30 PM

West Coast Premiere
Black Comedy
Written and Directed by: Bertrand Blier
With: Jean Dujardin, Albert Dupontel, Anne Alvaro

Jean Dujardin (A View of Love [COL•COA 2011], OSS 117 [COL•COA 2008/2009]) and Albert Dupontel (The Villain [COL•COA 2010], Paris [COL•COA 2008], Irreversible) team up as patient and illness in this daring black comedy about the triumph of love over death. Separated from his wife and son and drinking his life away, award-winning writer Charles Faulque (Dujardin) lives alone with his devoted, caring maid Louisa (Anne Alvaro, Best Supporting Actress César Award for her performance). His bleak existence is interrupted by the arrival of a strange, disturbing individual (Dupontel) who introduces himself as Charles’ cancer and settles in, following him like a shadow. When Louisa receives a similar visit, the bond that she shares with Charles grows stronger and disrupts the cancers’ ominous plans. THE CLINK OF ICE opened the 2010 Venice Days and won Best European Film Award.

One of France’s most celebrated iconoclasts, writer-director BERTRAND BLIER directed his first film in 1963, a documentary entitled HITLER – NEVER HEARD OF HIM. After a first feature in 1967 starring his father Bernard Blier (IF I WERE A SPY), he wrote and directed the box-office hit Going Places (1974), a subversive buddy movie that defined his signature acerbic wit, sharp social criticism and penchant for erotic themes. Confirming this success with GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS, which won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Blier continued to venture into risky territory with provocative films like COLD CUTS (1980 Cesar Award for Best Screenplay – screening at COL•COA 2011), BEAU-PÈRE (1981) or MÉNAGE (1986). Gaining a wider audience with TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU, (1989 Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and 1990 Cesar Award for Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenplay), he later gave women a more central role in his films, crafting strong female characters in films like MERCI LA VIE (1991), MON HOMME (1996) and HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME? (COL•COA 2006).

Followed by a discussion with writer-director Bertrand Blier


AFTER 10
MAMMUTH
TRUFFAUT THEATER
10:00 PM

Los Angeles Premiere
Comedy
Written and Directed by: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
With: Gérard Depardieu, Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Adjani

Serge Pilardosse (Gérard Depardieu) is a recently retired slaughterhouse worker who finds out that six of his former employers failed to report his earnings, making it impossible for him to claim a full pension. Berated by his bitter wife Catherine (Yolande Moreau, The Long Falling [COL•COA 2011], Louise-Michel [COL•COA 2009], Séraphine [COL•COA 2008]), he embarks on a life-changing adventure to find the missing paystubs. As he roams the countryside on his motorcycle, visiting old relatives and places where he used to live and work, he befriends his wacky young niece Solange (Miss Ming) and is haunted by apparitions of his lost love Yasmine (Isabelle Adjani, Queen Margot, Camille Claudel, Subway), who died in a motorcycle accident.

Well-known for their oddball skits on French TV channel Canal + (LES GUIGNOLS DE L’INFO and GROLAND), BENOÎT DELÉPINE and GUSTAVE KERVERN wrote and directed a highly praised surreal first feature AALTRA [COL•COA 2005], an homage to Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. They confirmed their cult status with AVIDA, a black and white Dadaist opus starring Fernando Arrabal, presented out-of-competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Their third feature LOUISE MICHEL, produced by Mathieu Kassovitz (Munich, Amélie, La Haine), won a LAFCA Special mention at COL•COA 2009 and Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. With MAMMUTH, nominated for a Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlinale, the pair continues to explore their joyously absurd universe.


Friday April 15


MORNING RERUNS
TRUFFAUT THEATER
11:00AM
Free admission

Film announced on Thursday, April 14th after 10:00 PM on www.COL•COA.org, on site, on Facebook and Twitter


COL•COA CLASSICS
THE 317TH PLATOON (La 317ème section)
RENOIR THEATER
1:30 PM



West Coast Premiere
War/Drama
Written and Directed by: Pierre Schoendoerffer
With: Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer, Pierre Fabre

THE 317TH PLATOON follows a French unit trapped behind enemy lines during the French Indochina war. Led by young second lieutenant Torrens (Jacques Perrin – Oceans, The Chorus, Donkey Skin) and adjutant Willsdorf (Bruno Cremer – Under the Sand, A Simple Story), they move through the jungle with their Laotian allies to reach a safe outpost, hunted down by an elusive enemy. THE 317TH PLATOON was the first realistic account of the Vietnam war and gives an intimate look at the daily agony of these men. Inspired by Pierre Schoendoerffer’s first-hand experience of the war and shot by iconic cinematographer Raoul Coutard (Breathless, Z, Jules and Jim), it won Best Screenplay Award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival. The film was digitally restored by StudioCanal and the Cinémathèque Française with the support of the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

PIERRE SCHOENDOERFFER volunteered to join the Film Department of the French army in Indochina, where he directed his first short film in 1952 (FIRST INDOCHINA WAR RUSHES) and was taken prisoner after the fall of Diên Biên Phú. He then became war correspondent before co-directing his first feature-length documentary with Jacques Dupont: THE DEVIL'S PASS (1958). Written by Joseph Kessel, the film screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Bear. Among his most critically acclaimed films are THE 317TH PLATOON, THE ANDERSON PLATOON (1968 Academy Award for Best Documentary) and DRUMMER-CRAB, nominated for Best Film and Best Director at the 1978 Cesar Awards. Also a novelist, Pierre Schoendoerffer has directed several film adaptations of his novels, including THE 317TH PLATOON.


LA FÉMIS PROGRAM
MELVILLE THEATER
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free admission

- A COR ET A CRI - Directed by: Brice Pancot; Written by: Anais Carpita et Brice Pancot
- UNIFORM (Les Murs) - Directed by: Marion Desseigne-Ravel; Written by: Marie Madinier, Marion Desseigne-Ravel & Laure Desmazières
- ANYWHERE OUT OF THE WORLD (Coucou les nuages) - Written and Directed by: Vincent Cardona
- LIKE LOVE - Written and Directed by: Sarah Cunningham
- BIRD OF PREY (Antonin les Oiseaux) - Written and Directed by: Olivier Demangel


HAPPY HOUR TALKS
RENOIR THEATER
3:45 PM
Free admission
Followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception

A discussion on war in French and American Cinema, with:
- Patrick Duncan, WGAW (84 Charlie Mopic, Vietnam War Story, Courage Under Fire)
- Jonathan Mostow, DGA
- Pierre Schoendoerffer
- Serge Toubiana, Cinémathèque Française


FILM NOIR SERIES
THE NIGHT CLERK ( Avant l’aube) (ISA: TF1)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
5:15 PM


Photo by Ricardo Vaz Palma

International Premiere
Thriller/Film Noir
Directed by: Raphaël Jacoulot
Written by: Raphaël Jacoulot, Lise Macheboeuf
With: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Vincent Rottiers, Ludmila Mikaël

Frédéric Boissier is THE NIGHT CLERK, a young man coming out of prison, played by the magnetic Vincent Rottiers (Silent Voices [COL•COA 2010], The Devils). Trying to return to society, he finds an internship in an isolated mountain hotel, owned by the bad-tempered Jacques Couvreur (Jean-Pierre Bacri, The Taste of Others, Same Old Song). When a client of the hotel disappears, Frédéric becomes suspicious of his boss but remains silent, as Jacques has taken him under his wing and treats him like a son. The tension intensifies with the arrival of a sharp young woman investigating the disappearance, police inspector Sylvie Poncet - played by award-winning actress Sylvie Testud (Fear and Trembling, Murderous Maids, Beyond Silence). Manipulated by Jacques, Frédéric continues to protect his boss, but finds himself in an increasingly dangerous situation.

RAPHAËL JACOULOT studied painting and video art at the School of Beaux-arts before graduating from the film school La Fémis in 2001. He co-wrote and directed two first shorts, LA LISIÈRE (2000) and RAPTURE (2001), presented at the Cannes Critics Week. He directed a critically-acclaimed first feature, BARRAGE (2006), co-written by Lise Macheboeuf, which screened at the 2005 Berlinale. He has also directed several stage plays and continues painting. His second feature, THE NIGHT CLERK was co-written by Lise Macheboeuf and co-produced by Dominique Besnehard (The Age of Ignorance, Queen To Play [COL•COA 2009]). Released early March 2011 to rave reviews, the film will have its International Premiere at COL•COA.


A VIEW OF LOVE (Un Balcon sur la mer) (ISA: Europacorp)
RENOIR THEATER
5:45 PM

North American Premiere
Drama/Thriller/Romance
Directed by: Nicole Garcia ♀
Written by: Jacques Fieschi, Nicole Garcia
With: Jean Dujardin, Marie-Josée Croze, Sandrine Kiberlain

Marc Palestro (Jean Dujardin, (The Clink of Ice [COL•COA 2011], OSS 117 [COL•COA 2008/2009]) is a happily married, successful real-estate agent in the South of France. Self-confident and easy-going, Marc hides a personal tragedy that comes back to haunt him when he meets the enigmatic client Mrs. Mondonato, played by Marie-Josée Croze (Someone I loved [COL•COA 2009], The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Munich). She claims to have known him years ago, when they were children in Algeria. Skeptical at first, Marc recognizes Cathy, his first love, and they spend the night together. When Cathy mysteriously vanishes the next day, Marc becomes obsessed with her. Putting his marriage and job in jeopardy, Marc is determined to uncover the truth about her and come to terms with his past.

After a first short co-written by Philippe Le Guay (SERVICE ENTRANCE [COL•COA 2011]), entitled 15 AOÛT (1986), NICOLE GARCIA co-wrote and directed her first feature EVERY OTHER WEEKEND (1990), César nominated for Best First Film. She followed with four critically-acclaimed features co-written with Jacques Fieschi: LE FILS PRÉFÉRÉ (1995), PLACE VENDÔME (1998), 12 César nominations and a Best Actress Award for Catherine Deneuve at the Venice Biennale, THE ADVERSARY (2001) and CHARLIE SAYS (2005), both screened in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In parallel to her filmmaking career, she continues acting and most recently worked with Lucas Belvaux (ONE NIGHT) and Bruno Podalydès (PARK BENCHES). She is well-known for her roles in films directed by Bertrand Tavernier (LET JOY REIGN SUPREME), Alain Resnais (MON ONCLE D’AMÉRIQUE), Claude Lelouch (BOLERO), and Claude Miller (ALIAS BETTY [COL•COA 2002], LITTLE LILI).

Followed by a discussion with co-writer/director Nicole Garcia


FILM NOIR SERIES
THE BIG PICTURE (L’Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie) (ISA: Europacorp)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
7:45 PM

West Coast Premiere
Thriller/Drama
Directed by: Eric Lartigau
Written by: Eric Lartigau, Laurent de Bartillat
With: Romain Duris, Catherine Deneuve, Niels Arestrup

Based on a novel by Douglas Kennedy, THE BIG PICTURE is a multi-layered drama about the search for identity, starring Romain Duris (Heartbreaker [COL•COA 2010], The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and a splendid cast of supporting actors including Catherine Deneuve, Branka Katic (Public Enemies, Black Cat, White Cat) and Niels Arestrup (César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance). Paul Exben (Duris) is a successful lawyer who seems to lead an enviable life, although, not the life of his dream. When his wife reveals she is having an affair, Paul loses his self-control. In a heated argument, he accidentally kills her lover. His orderly life now in ruins, Paul assumes the dead man’s identity and flees to the former Yugoslavia.

ERIC LARTIGAU started his career as assistant director, working with Edouard Molinaro, Diane Kurys and Emir Kusturica. From 1988 to 1993, he directed segments for the popular puppet show LES GUIGNOLS DE L’INFO and episodes for the TV series H on French television channel Canal+. He directed two first feature films starring the comic duo Kad & Olivier: WHO KILLED PAMELA ROSE (2003) and A TICKET FOR SPACE (2006). Both films were co-written by Julien Rappeneau and Kad & Olivier. In 2006, he directed the box-office hit I DO, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, which was nominated for three César Awards. His first film as co-writer/director, THE BIG PICTURE won a César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was a Special Presentation at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.


FRIDAY NIGHT PREMIERE
RENOIR THEATER
8:30 PM
Film to be announced


FILM NOIR SERIES
AFTER 10
THE LONG FALLING (Où va la nuit) (ISA: Roissy)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
10:15 PM



West Coast Premiere
Drama
Written and Directed by: Martin Provost
With: Yolande Moreau, Eric Godon, Edith Scob

Based on the eponymous novel by Keith Ridgway, THE LONG FALLING stars award-winning actress Yolande Moreau (Micmacs, Séraphine [COL•COA 2008], When the Sea Rises) as Rose, a battered woman turned murderer. A woman in her fifties, Rose has been married to an alcoholic, abusive husband for thirty long years. One day, she decides that enough is enough and kills him. Both relieved and disoriented, Rose goes to visit her estranged son Thomas in Brussels, hoping to find some affection. Unaware of what his mother has done and still scarred by a childhood spent with an abusive father, Thomas is unable to give her the comfort that she needs. When the police start suspecting Rose, Thomas is conflicted and asks his mother to leave. Alone and with no place to go, Rose finds herself on the run from the law.

MARTIN PROVOST started his career as an actor in his late teens. He acted in close to 20 films and TV series, including THE SPAT (1978) and PENTIMENTO (1988), and was a theater actor for six years at the Comédie française. He wrote and directed a first short film COCON (1992), followed by TORTILLA Y CINEMA (1997), a first feature starring Spanish actress Carmen Maura (also in Service Entrance [COL•COA 2011]). After LE VENTRE DE JULIETTE (2001), he co-wrote and directed SÉRAPHINE [COL•COA 2008], co-written by Marc Abdelnour. SÉRAPHINE won seven César Awards, including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Yolande Moreau. It was released in the U.S. by Music Box Films, to much acclaim. After SERAPHINE, Martin Provost gives Yolande Moreau another powerful, dramatic role in THE LONG FALLING, also co-written by Marc Abdelnour.


Saturday April 16


MORNING RERUNS
RENOIR THEATER
11:00AM
Free admission

Film announced on Friday, April 15th after 10:00 PM on www.COL•COA.org, on site, on Facebook and Twitter


LA FÉMIS PROGRAM
MELVILLE THEATER
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free admission

- A COR ET A CRI - Directed by: Brice Pancot; Written by: Anais Carpita et Brice Pancot
- UNIFORM (Les Murs) - Directed by: Marion Desseigne-Ravel; Written by: Marie Madinier, Marion Desseigne-Ravel & Laure Desmazières
- ANYWHERE OUT OF THE WORLD (Coucou les nuages) - Written and Directed by: Vincent Cardona
- LIKE LOVE - Written and Directed by: Sarah Cunningham
- BIRD OF PREY (Antonin les Oiseaux) - Written and Directed by: Olivier Demangel


COL•COA CLASSICS
HOMMAGE TO CLAUDE CHABROL
RENOIR THEATER
1:00 PM

The Film will be chosen by acclaimed writer-director Martin Scorsese.


DEEP IN THE WOODS (Au fond des bois) (ISA: Films Distribution)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
2:45 PM

West Coast Premiere
Drama/Romance
Directed by: Benoît Jacquot
Written by: Julien Boivent, Benoît Jacquot
With: Isild Le Besco, Nahuel Perez Biscayart

After several award-winning collaborations with filmmaker Benoît Jacquot (Sade, Right Now, The Untouchable), arthouse favorite Isild Le Besco returns with another sexually-charged performance in DEEP IN THE WOODS. Based on a real-life 19th century trial, the film recounts the abduction of Joséphine (Le Besco), the daughter of a respectable country doctor. Deeply religious and mentally unstable, Joséphine succumbs to a bewitching vagabond named Timothée, played by Argentine actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart (Tatuado, Glue). Attracted to the virginal Joséphine and sensing her fragile mental state, Timothée hypnotizes her. Seemingly under his spell, she follows him into the forest. As they go deeper in the woods, their relationship becomes more intense and develops into an ambiguous love affair, until the authorities finally catch up with them.

BENOÎT JACQUOT began his film career as assistant director to Marguerite Duras on NATHALIE GRANGER (1972) and INDIA SONG (1975). He wrote and directed his first feature in 1976, THE MUSICIAN KILLER, based on a Dostoevsky novel. He became well-known with A SINGLE GIRL (1995), starring Virginie Ledoyen, and THE DISENCHANTED (1990), introducing actress Judith Godrèche (Low Cost [COL•COA 2011]). He then reached a wider audience with SEVENTH HEAVEN (1997), co-written by Jerôme Beaujour, followed by THE SCHOOL OF FLESH (1998), SADE (2000) and more recently, THE UNTOUCHABLE (2006). He has written and directed plays, documentaries, television fiction and operas. He is currently directing FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (2011), a film about Marie-Antoinette starring Léa Seydoux and Diane Kruger, based on a novel by Chantal Thomas.


RERUN OF THE OPENING FILM
SERVICE ENTRANCE (Les Femmes du 6ème étage)
RENOIR THEATER
3:15 PM

West Coast Premiere
Comedy/Romance
Directed by: Philippe Le Guay
Written by: Philippe Le Guay, Jérôme Tonnerre
With: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura

Conservative and tyrannical Jean-Louis Joubert, played by Fabrice Luchini (Potiche, My Father’s Guests [COL•COA 2010], Molière), is unhappily married to Suzanne, a neurotic Parisian socialite (Sandrine Kiberlain, Mademoiselle Chambon [COL•COA 2010], A Self-Made Hero, For Sale). Enter a group of buoyant Spanish maids, refugees of the Franco regime, who live in the servants’ quarters on the sixth floor of their building. Among them are Concepción (Carmen Maura, Volver, Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and her niece María (Natalia Verbeke, The Method, Dot the I). When the family maid suddenly walks out, Suzanne and Jean-Louis hire María as their new helper and after a fight with Suzanne, Jean-Louis’ life takes a radical turn as he moves up to the sixth floor... Presented out of competition at the 2011 Berlinale, SERVICE ENTRANCE is already a critical and commercial success in France.

A former IDHEC graduate, PHILIPPE LE GUAY co-wrote and directed several shorts including LE CLOU, Best Writing Award at the Cracow Film Festival. He then directed a first feature, the period piece LES DEUX FRAGONARD, co-written by Jérôme Tonerre. Following THE JULIETTE YEAR (1994), starring Fabrice Luchini, and the film noir NIGHTSHIFT (2000), he co-wrote and directed two comedies: THE COST OF LIVING [COL•COA 2004] and DU JOUR AU LENDEMAIN (2005). He returns with SERVICE ENTRANCE, a highly praised romantic comedy set in the 1960s, reminiscent of classic plays by Molière, Marivaux or Sacha Guitry. Philippe Le Guay has also co-written several features including EVERY OTHER WEEKEND (1990), directed by Nicole Garcia, AFTER SEX (1997) and OUTREMER (1990), directed by Brigitte Roüan and the upcoming JE NE SUIS PAS UNE PRINCESSE, directed by Éva Ionesco.


COPACABANA (ISA: Kinology)
TRUFFAUT THEATER
5:00 PM

Los Angeles Premiere
Comedy/Drama
Written and Directed by: Marc Fitoussi
With: Isabelle Huppert, Lolita Chammah, Aure Atika

Isabelle Huppert shows her playful side as the exuberant Babou, a proud non-conformist who struggles to communicate with her conservative daughter Esméralda (Huppert’s real-life daughter Lolita Chammah, winner of Most Promising Actress Lumière Award for her performance). When Esméralda announces her engagement and asks her mother not to attend the wedding, Babou is crushed and vows to straighten up. She finds a job selling time-shares and relocates to a bleak Belgian resort town. Working hard to stay in line, she can’t suppress her maverick nature for long and has to find her own way to regain her daughter’s respect. Music connoisseurs will appreciate the original score written by Tim Gane of Stereolab and Sean O'Hagan of the High Llamas.

Writer-director MARC FITOUSSI studied screenwriting at the Conservatoire Européen d’Ecriture Audiovisuelle (CEEA) and collaborated with writer-directors Frédéric Gélard and Elsa Barrère on two shorts, MA VIE ACTIVE (1999) and SACHEZ CHASSER (2002). He wrote and directed ILLUSTRE INCONNUE (2003), a short film screened at the Cannes Film Festival and BONBON AU POIVRE (2005), César-nominated for Best Short Film. In 2006, he followed with his first feature LA VIE D’ARTISTE [COL•COA 2008], which won the MPA’s Michel d’Ornano Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. His second feature, COPACABANA was screened at the 2010 Cannes Critics Week, was the opening night film at the 2010 Cinémania in Montreal and has been shown at several international film festivals.


MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE (La Tête en friche) (ISA: StudioCanal)
RENOIR THEATER
6:00 PM

West Coast Premiere
Comedy
Directed

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1 Comment

  • SydneyLevine | March 31, 2011 10:58 AMReply

    Scorcese's Choice for the Cabrol film is Les Bonnes Femmes (The Good Time Girls) http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt0053666/.

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