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

Thompson on Hollywood By Cari Beauchamp | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2011 at 1:57AM

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 Frenchfilm. 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 includingevery genre, directorial debuts and homages at the Directors’ Guild.
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Thompson on Hollywood

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

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Foreign


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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.