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Dujardin, Hazanavicius Join French City of Lights, City of Angels Lineup

Dujardin, Hazanavicius Join French City of Lights, City of Angels Lineup

This year’s 19th COLCOA French Film Festival will run April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

COLCOA will open with the North American Premiere of Yann Gozlan’s thriller “A Perfect Man,” starring Pierre Niney and Ana Girardot, who starred in the creepy French TV series “The Returned.” The festival will close its competition on Monday, April 27th with “White Soldier,” a drama written and directed by Erick Zonca, and a still-secret feature announced opening day.

COLCOA’s first-ever Television program will include “Blue Pills,” a drama directed by Jean-Philippe Amar, Dante Desarthe’s dramedy “Ponzi’s Scheme” and “Danbé, Head Up,” a drama directed by Bourlem Guerdjou.

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Three more TV series will premiere at COLCOA: “Chefs” (Season 1), a drama co-developed and co-written by Arnaud Malherbe and Marion Festraëts and directed by Arnaud Malherbe; the U.S. Premiere of international hit “Spiral” (aka “Engrenages”) (Season 5), a thriller developed by Alexandra Clert and Guy-Patrick Sainderichin; and the western comedy “Templeton” (Season 1), developed and co-written by Daive Cohen, Pierre Cardonnel, François-David Cardonnel and Jonathan Cardonnel. The first two episodes of each series will be shown.

Feature films include the world premiere of Clovis Cornillac’s “Blind Date” ahead of its May opening in France and the international premieres of “Caprice” and “The Tournament,” before its French release. Established French filmmakers on the docket include Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius with Cannes title “The Search,” Anne Fontaine with “Gemma Bovary,” Regis Wargnier with “The Gate” and Andre Techine with “In the Name of My Daughter,” and more.

COLCOA will also present its Film Noir Series with Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin’s new throwback thriller “The Connection,” co-written by Audrey Diwan and Cédric Jimenez and directed by Cédric Jimenez (a Drafthouse release), and more.

All other series are back including the COLCOA Classics Series with an exclusive program of digitally restored Premieres, the French NeWave 2.0 Series presented with Indiewire (Saturday, April 25); the Short Film Competition (Sunday, April 26); the Focus on a Filmmaker (Hazanavicius) (Thursday, April 23) and the Focus on Two Producers: Maxime Delauney and Romain Rousseau (Saturday, April 25). 

The full lineup via COLCOA is here.

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