The City of Lights, City of Angels festival will open its 10th anniversary edition in Los Angeles April 3rd. The festival, which runs through April 9th, is a week-long celebration of French film premieres, and the lineup features an eclectic mix of films, from Francis Veber‘s international premiere of “The Valet,” to Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache‘s closing night film, “Ces Jours Heureux” (Those Happy Days).
In “The Valet,” millionaire Pierre Levasseur is caught by the paparazzi with his mistress and must lie to his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) about the man in the photo, creating a confusing and funny situation. “Those Happy Days” is a light-hearted film about the 35-year-old Vincent who recalls his days as a camp counselor and then director at a summer camp in Southwest France. Both films will be followed by a Q&A session with the writers and directors.
The festival will feature a number of specially-themed events, including their popular film noir showcase. The films set to screen during the Friday night film noir event are: Stephane Guerin-Tillie‘s “Edy“; Richard Berry‘s “The Black Box“; and Anne Fontaine‘s “In His Hands.” City of Lights, City of Angels has also added a special anniversary screening to its lineup, “Daniele Thompson‘s “Orchestra Seats.” The film is about a young woman who moves to Paris and takes a job as a waitress next door to a theater. As she begins meeting people in the entertainment business, she too develops her own dreams of fame.
The featured documentary film at the festival will be “My Dad Is Into Terrorism,” by William Karel, the emotional story of a little girl who grows up amidst death threats and bodyguards during the 1980s in Paris when the city experienced a series of terrorist attacks and political pressures.
Other festival highlights include the event “A Short Afternoon,” at which all 18 shorts will be screened on the same day and will be free to the public. All films set to run at the festival will be screened in French with English subtitles. Other noteworthy films are: the U.S premiere of Bertrand Blier‘s “How Much Do You Love Me” and the international premiere of Albert Dupontel‘s “Locked Out.”
“With 18 feature films and 18 shorts, City of Lights, City of Angels is now the largest North American event dedicated to French cinema and the second largest in the world,” said festival programmer Francois Truffart in a release.
For more information about the films and special events, please visit the festival website.