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City of Lights, City of Angels Will Bring Seven French Classics to Hollywood

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! February 19, 2014 at 4:17PM

City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA), a week of French film premieres in Hollywood, has rolled out a terrific lineup of seven classic films for the 18th edition of the festival, running April 21-28 at the DGA.
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Patrice Chereau
Patrice Chereau

City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA), a week of French film premieres in Hollywood, has rolled out a terrific lineup of seven classic films for the 18th edition of the festival, running April 21-28 at the DGA. Screenings will supplement new films in the competition lineup, which will be announced April 1.


COLCOA will honor writer honor writer-director Cedric 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.

Alain Delon
Alain Delon

The fest will also screen late writer/director Patrice Chereau's 1994 director's cut of "Queen Margot," based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas and starring Isabelle Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Daniel Auteuil.

Digitally restored prints of Jean Cocteau's 1946 classic "Beauty and the Beast" starring Josette Day and Jean Marais, and a new print of Otar Iosseliani's "Favourites of the Moon" (1984), will screen. Also on the docket are restored versions of Rene Clement's "Purple Noon" (1960) starring sexy Alain Delon, Henri-Georges Clouzot's "L'Assassin Habite Au 21" (1942), and a special tribute to Francois Truffaut. Details on that one forthcoming.

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