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French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview

by Cari Beauchamp
April 8, 2011 1:57 AM
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The French are coming! Francophile Cari Beauchamp, author of the must-read Cannes guide Hollywood on the Riviera (with Henri Behar) previews COLCOA:


It’s the week that Los Angeles – like most American cities, often bereft of screens showing foreign language films -- can gorge on a smorgasbord of French
film. The 15th Annual City of Lights City of Angels Film Festival begins on April 11 and runs through April 18, showing over 30 features films including
every genre, directorial debuts and homages at the Directors’ Guild.

Service Entrance, a comedy directed by Philip LeGuay, opens the festival (and is rerun on Saturday) and other comedies, such as the delightful Names of Love, starring Sara Forestier and directed by Michel Leclerc, lace the schedule. There are three Gerard Depardieu films (Cold Cuts, Mammuth and My Afternoon with Margueritte) and other familiar faces include Catherine Deneuve (His Mother’s Eyes), Marion Cotillard (Little White Lies) and Vincent Cassel (Our Day Will Come) – yet in spite of the famous names, many of these films may never be released in the states.

There are also debut films, discussions with filmmakers, documentaries and classics including Jacques Demy’s Lola and a Claude Chabrol film to be chosen by Martin Scorsese. In other words, something for everyone –prepare to binge on feast because it will have to last you until next year.

Prices range from free to ten dollars and all tickets are complimentary for DGA and WGA members. For more information on schedule and tickets, visit colcoa.org.

Trailer for Our Day WIll Come:

Trailer for Little White Lies

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