“Inferno” and “Hedgehog” Lead COL COA Winners

"Inferno" and "Hedgehog" Lead COL COA Winners

The Franco-American Cultural Fund announced that “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno” (L’Enfer de Henri-Georges Clouzot) was awarded the COL COA Critics Award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association jury at the 14th City of Lights, City of Angels festival, which concluded on April 25th. The documentary film was written by Serge Bromberg and co-directed by Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea.

“Now in its 14th year, City of Lights, City of Angels serves as an increasingly prominent platform for showcasing contemporary French cinema in the United States and an important stop for the directors, writers, producers and actors whose works are shown,” stated LAFCA Jury President Jean Oppenheimer. “The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is both honored and proud to support COL COA and to help further the interests of French cinema in the United States. This is particularly important during these times of financial uncertainty, when specialty distributors are struggling to bring U.S. audiences the best in international cinema.”

A Critics Special Prize went to “Rapt,” written and directed by Lucas Belvaux, while “The Father of My Children” (Le Pere de mes enfants), written and directed by Mia Hansen-Love, won a Special Mention.

Eric Elmosnino, who portrayed Serge Gainsbourg in “Gainsbourg: Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus” (Gainsbourg: Vie Heroique), written and directed by Joann Sfar, received a Special Mention for his acting.

Meanwhile, :The Hedgehog (Le Herisson),” written and directed by Mona Achache, walked away with the COL COA Audience Award. The Audience Special prize went to the opening film, “Heartbreaker,” (L’Arnacoeur). Written by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner and Yoann Gromb and directed by first time helmer Pascal Chaumeil, the romantic comedy will be released later this year by IFC Films.

The Audience Special mention went to “Farewell” (L’affaire Farewell) and the First Feature Award was given to “Silent Voices” (Qu’un seul tienne et les autres suivront), written and directed by Lea Fehner.

Written and directed by Simon Lelouch, “7:57 AM-PM” won the COLoCOA Short Film Award while “The Man in the Blue Gordini” (L’Homme a la Gordini), written and directed by Jean-Christophe Lie, won the Animated Short Award. And finally, written and directed by Edouard Salier, “Four” won a Special Prize for short filmmaking.

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