COLCOA Announces Seven Classic Films for 18th Festival

COLCOA Announces Seven Classic Films for 18th Festival

As a special surprise for this year’s 18th edition the COLCOA Festival (City of Lights, City of Angels) “A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood” has
added an unprecedented seven classic films to its popular roster. The festival runs from April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America. For the first
time, a daily matinee showing of a classic will complement the new films shown in competition.

Focus on a filmmaker
Cédric Klapisch

COLCOA will honor writer-director Cédric Klapisch on Thursday, April 24 with a special presentation of L’Auberge Espagnole (2002) as well as the Premiere of his new film Chinese Puzzle that will be released in May in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group. Chinese Puzzle completes a trilogy Klapisich began in 2002 with L’Auberge Espagnole,followed by Russian Dolls in 2005. The cast includes Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Cécile de France. Klapisch joins previously honored writer-directors Bertrand Blier, Costa Gavras, Florent Siri,
Julie Delpy and Alain Resnais whose key body of work has been shown in past events.  This will be the third film by the writer-director to be presented
at the festival, following Paris and My Piece of the Pie.  Cédric Klapisch will meet the audience for a Happy Hour Talk panel dedicated to his work. (COLCOA Classics + Panel +Premiere of Chinese Puzzle)

Homage to
Patrice Chéreau

The late writer-director Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013), who attended COLCOA in 2003 for the world Premiere of Son frère (His Brother) will be remembered in the COLCOA Classics program, which includes a special presentation of digitally restored director’s cut of Queen Margot (1994), based on a novel of Alexandre Dumas, co-written by Danièle Thompson & Patrice Chéreau, and directed by Chéreau. The cast includes Isabelle
Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Daniel Auteuil. The film (celebrating its 20th anniversary) is presented in association with Cohen Media Group. The film will have will be released theatrically, as well as in digital format in the U.S.

Premiere of the Restored Version

Beauty and the Beast

COLCOA will present the digitally restored print of the remarkable

Beauty and the Beast

(1946), a romantic drama written and directed by Jean Cocteau
starring Josette Day and Jean Marais in
partnership with the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF), SND/M6, Janus
Films and La
Cinémathèque Française.

Premiere of the Restored Version

A special 30th anniversary screening of

Favourites of the Moon

(1984), winner of the Special Jury Prize that year at the Venice International Film Festival, a comedy co-written by Gérard Brach and Otar Iosseliani and
directed by Otar Iosseliani, starring Mathieu Amalric, Alix de Montaigu, Pascal Aubier, Jean-Pierre Beauviala, will be presented in
association with the Cohen Media Group before its digital release in the U.S.

Premiere of the Restored Version

The film is also a special presentation of

Purple Noon

, a drama based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, co-written by

Paul Gégauff


René Clément

, directed by René Clément and
starring Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet and Marie Laforêt and presented in
association with the
Franco-American Cultural Fund
(FACF), StudioCanal, Janus Films and La Cinémathèque Française.

Premier of the Restored Version of

L’assassin habite… au 21

New digitally restored version of L’assassin habite… au 21, (1942) a drama co-written

Stanislas-André Steeman


Henri-Georges Clouzot

, directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean
Tissier. The film is presented
in association with
Titra TVS and Gaumont.

Citing the 30th
anniversary of the passing of universally renowned François Truffaut in
1984, COLCOA will pay tribute to the writer-director with a special
(To be announced soon)

April 21 to April 28, 2014, filmgoers will celebrate the 18th edition
Directors Guild of America. The 18th line-up of films in competition for
the COLCOA Awards will be announced
April 1, 2014.

was created by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique
collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion
Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s
Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music
(SACEM). COLCOA is also supported by France’s Society of Authors,
Directors and Producers (L’ARP), the Film and TV Office of the French
Embassy in Los Angeles, the CNC and Unifrance.


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