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COLCOA Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up

COLCOA Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up

The Franco-American
Cultural Fund, celebrating its 20th anniversary
this year, has announced the program for the 20th COLCOA French Film Festival that will run
April 18-26 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The festival will
showcase a record 70 films and television series – among them 64 in competition
for COLCOA Awards – including four World Premieres, seven International
Premieres, 19 North American or U.S. Premieres, 17 West Coast Premieres – and
21 new shorts. COLCOA, is now the world’s largest event dedicated to French
films and television.

“This 20th anniversary deserves a spectacular, strong program
that reflects the diversity of French production, as well as the creativity and
dynamism of French filmmakers and producers,” stated François
Truffart, COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “More than ever, we are about to involve audiences in a
journey that will stir them, make them laugh, cry, tickle their curiosity, and
help them remain optimistic, while recognizing the urgent world
zeitgeist.”

 “20 years is an achievement for any film
festival in Hollywood. This would
not have been possible without the commitment of the Franco-American Cultural
Fund – a unique partnership of the DGA, the MPA, la SACEM and the WGA West –
creator of the festival in 1996 and supporter of its subsequent development. We
also salute French sales companies, official supporters, sponsors, and U.S.
distributors, whose loyalty and trust have given the festival its continuing
excellence,” he added.

COLCOA will open Monday,
April 18th with the North American Premiere of “Monsieur
Chocolat
,” a biopic about the first
French black clown, co-written by Cyril Gely, Olivier
Gorce, Gérard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem, directed by Roschdy Zem, and starring Omar
Sy and James Thiérrée. The film will be presented in
association with Gaumont, which celebrates its 120th anniversary.

The festival will close
its competition on Monday, April 25th with the World Premiere
of “Up For Love,” the new romantic comedy
written and directed by Laurent Tirard, starring Academy Award winner Jean
Dujardin and Virginie Efira. “Call My Agent” (Season 1), the most popular
French TV series of the year, about a talent agency with actors playing their
own roles, will close the COLCOA TV Competition.

Two other TV series,
shown for the first time in North America, will be part of the program,
presented in association with TV France International and TITRAFILM: “The Disappearance,” a drama co-written by Marie Deshaires and
Catherine Touzet and directed by Charlotte Brändström; and “The Secret of Elise,” a supernatural drama
written by lsa Marpeau, Marie Vinoy, Marie Deshaires, and
Catherine Touzet and directed by Alexandre Laurent, Samir
Boitard, Mathieu Simonet, and Mehdi Meskar. The first two episodes
of each series will be shown to the COLCOA audience.

To complete the
competition, five TV movies will premiere at COLCOA: the North American
Premiere of “Borderline,” a thriller co-written and directed
by Olivier Marchal, the International
Premiere of “Carpets and Chaos,” a comedy co-written
and directed by Nader Takmil Homayoun, the International
Premiere of “Stolen Babies,” a drama written by Julie Jézéquel and directed by Golden Globe
winner Alain Berliner; the International Premiere of “The Wall-Crosser,” a fantasy written and
directed by Dante Desarthes, based on Marcel Aymé’s book; and the North
American Premiere of “Woman Under the Influence,” a drama written and
directed by Claude-Michel Rome. 

The feature film
selection (40 features and documentaries and 21 shorts), will feature exclusive
presentations. “Fanny’s Journey,” an epic drama written
and directed by Lola Doillon, starring Cecile de France, is also a World
Premiere. The U.S. Premiere of the thriller “Made in France,” written and directed
by Nicolas Boukhrief, is a film which did not have theatrical release
in France because of sensitivity following the recent terrorist attacks in
Paris.  COLCOA also will present the U.S. Premiere of Robert Guédiguian’s
provocative film about the Armenian genocide, “Don’t Tell Me the Boy
Was Mad.”
 The U.S. Premiere of
Oscar ® winner Claude Lelouch’s new film “Un plus Une,” starring Jean Dujardin
and Elsa Zylberstein, will screen, in addition to another U.S. Premiere of “All Gone South,” the comedy sequel
co-written and co-directed by Nicolas Benamou and Philippe Lacheau, two years after the
success of Babysitting at COLCOA in 2014.

Several established
writers/directors return and other known artists have been selected: Academy
Award nominee Christian Carion (“Come What May”– with Cohen Media Group), Anne Fontaine (“The Innocents” – with Music Box Films), Vincent Garencq (“Kalinka”), Academy Award
nominee Jean-Paul Rappeneau (“Families”), Christian Vincent (“Courted”), Maïwenn (“My
King”
 – with Film Movement)

Every year, the COLCOA
program is dedicated to a new generation of talent, many of whose films are
included in COLCOA’s French
NeWave 2.0
 Series: Samuel Collardey
(“Land
Legs”
), Clément Cogitor (“Neither Heaven Nor Earth” with Film Movement), Philippe Faucon – the writer/director of the
2016 César Best film winner (“Fatima”  with Kino Lorber), Emmanuel Finkiel (“A Decent Man”), Eva Husson
(“Bang
Gang” 
– with Samuel Goldwyn), Laurent Larivière (“I am a Soldier”), and
Orelsan and Christophe Offenstein (“Uncompleted Song”).

The After 10 Series at COLCOA invites audiences
to explore new frontiers with an exclusive program, including the
French-Belgian co-production from writer/director Bouli Lanners (“The
First, the Last”
), the new dark comedy from Benoît Delépine, Gustave
Kervern, starring Gérard Depardieu (“Saint Amour”), and Frédéric
Schoendoerffer (“Past Convoy”).

Two anticipated films
about women in Muslim countries will be part of theWord Cinema Produced by France Series: the Franco-Moroccan
co-production, “Much Loved,” written and directed by Nabil Ayouch,
premiered at the Director’s Fortnight in 2015, and remains banned in Morocco;
and, “As I Open My Eyes,” a Franco-Tunisian film from female
writer/director Leyla Bouzid (with Kino
Lorber
). The Argentine film, “Eva Doesn’t Sleep,” written and directed
by Pablo Agüero will complete the series.

Two documentaries
focusing on significant environmental issues will premiere at COLCOA: the
closing film of the last Cannes Film Festival, “Ice and the Sky” (with Music Box Films)
from Academy Award winner Luc Jacquet (March
of the Penguins
), and a special presentation following the United Nations
screening of the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Documentary, “Tomorrow,” written and directed by
Cédric Dion and Mélanie Laurent. “The Frankenstein Complex,” a tribute to the
creators of big screen creatures, written and directed by Gilles Penso and
Alexandre Poncet, will complete this high profile documentary series.

All other COLCOA series
are back in 2016: the COLCOA Classics Series with an exclusive
program of digitally restored premieres (see February 19th press
release); the Happy Hour Talks PanelSeriesin association withVariety (April 19-25); the Short Film Competition (Sunday, April 24 –
 March press release); the Focus on a Filmmaker, this year with
writer/director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Thursday, April 21); and the Focus on a Producer will be with
Dominique Besnehard (Saturday, April 23).

Animation, an important part of the French film industry,
will be shown at COLCOA with the premiere of Rémi Chayé’s new film: “Long Way North” (with Shout Factory).

 As is COLCOA tradition,
comedieswill join the program almost every day, including the romantic comedy “Love at First Child,” co-written and directed
by Anne Giaffieri, starring Patrick Bruel and Isabelle Carré, Benoît’s
Graffin’s “Hopefully,” with Sandrine Kiberlain and Edouard Baer,
Jean-Francois Richet’s “One Wild Moment,” starring Francois
Cluzet and Vincent Cassel, and the new French hit “One Man and His Cow,” written and directed
by Mohamed Hamidi.

This last film will also
be shown to the 3,000 students and teachers who will attend the now five High
School Screenings (April 19-25) as part of the COLCOA Educational Program
presented in association with ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America).
Two master classes for college and university students will complete the
program.

For
the ninth year, LAFCA will partner with COLCOA Cinema for the Critics’ Awards.
The complete recipients list of the 2015 Awards – including the U.S.
distributor winner of the COLCOA
Coming Soon Award,
 presented in association
with KPCC, will be announced on Wednesday, April 27. COLCOA Awards are
presented in association with TITRAFILM, TV5 Monde USA, and AIR TAHITI NUI.

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