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French Film Festival COL*COA's 2012 Programming Includes Marcel Carne, Yves Montand, Julie Delpy

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 7, 2012 at 4:51PM

Francophile Alert! The 16th edition of L.A.'s French film festival COL*COA ("City of Lights, City of Angels") has revealed its first programming selections to unspool starting April 16 in Hollywood.
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Marcel Carné's "Hotel du Nord"
Marcel Carné's "Hotel du Nord"

Francophile Alert! The 16th edition of L.A.'s French film festival COL*COA ("City of Lights, City of Angels") has revealed its first programming selections to unspool starting April 16 in Hollywood.

Writer-director and cinephile Alexander Payne (who recently took home a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "The Descendants") has revealed his "carte blanche" programming pick: Marcel Carné's 1938 classic "Hotel du Nord." The drama about a botched double suicide stars Jean-Paul Aumont, Annabella, Arletty and Louis Jouvet.
 
On the 20th anniversary of his death, the fest will celebrate French icon Yves Montand (who starred in Jean-Pierre Melville's "The Red Circle," Henri-Georges Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear" and Claude Berri's "Jean de Florette") with a restored digital presentation of Jean-Paul Rappeneau's "Le Sauvage," which also stars Catherine Deneuve. (The project is sponsored by the Franco American Cultural Fund and the Cinémathèque Française.) Montand's last companion, Carole Amiel, and Cinémathèque director Serge Toubiana will lead a panel discussion on the singer-actor following the film.
 
The fest will also honor Franco-American actress-writer-director Julie Delpy with a screening of "2 Days in Paris," co-starring Adam Goldberg, followed by a discussion with Delpy, as well as the North American premiere of her new French comedy "Le Skylab."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.