Around this time every year (for the past 15 years or so), Francophiles and cineastes co-mingle at the fantastic City of Lights, City of Angels (or COL-COA) film festival that takes place in Los Angeles. The film fest shows a wonderfully diverse and engaging selection of French films throughout it’s run. This year, the 16th annual COL-COA film festival is taking place April 16-23, and we plan to be camped out, watching films until our eyeballs fall out of their sockets.
I’m pleased to report some fun information about the fest has now been announced. Oscar-®-winning writer-director Alexander Payne is the 2012 COL*COA choice to offer his carte blanche pick of Marcel Carné’s HOTEL DU NORD, starring Jean-Paul Aumont, Annabella, Arletty and Louis Jouvet as the film that greatly influenced him. The 1938 classic will be presented as part of the special “afternoon classics” series that runs during the fest.
Yves Montand will be celebrated on the 20th anniversary of his passing with the special restored film, a digital presentation of LE SAUVAGE. The project is sponsored by the Franco American Cultural Fund and the Cinémathèque Française. Montand’s last companion, Carole Amiel, and Cinémathèque director Serge Toubinana will lead a special panel discussion of the singer-actor following the presentation of the film.
“Focus on a Filmmaker” will honor Franco-American actress-writer-director Julie Delpy, whose hit film 2 DAYS IN PARIS will be followed by a Q&A and then the North American Premiere of her new comedy LE SKYLAB.