7th L.A. French Film Fest to Screen 11 New Gaul Films at DGA
by Brian Brooks
French film will be the spotlight beginning today (April 7th) at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles with the west coast premiere of writer/director Laurent Bouhnik's "24 Heures de la vie d'une femme" (24 Hours in the Life of a Woman). The film will open the 7th annual City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival, which spotlights eleven new French features. The event is produced by a consortium of groups including the DGA, the Motion Picture Association, Writers Guild of America, West, and France's Society of Authors, Composers and Editors of Music. "24 Hours" follows a day in the life of three women "intertwined [with] a tale of smoldering passion and deception" according to an event release. Bouhnik will introduce the film.
Among the other films screening is "Les Diables" (The Devils) by Christophe Ruggia, about a brother and sister abandoned at birth who leave their foster home to find their parents. Claude Berri's "Une femme de menage" (A Housekeeper) is also featured on the six-day event slate. The film centers on a bachelor whose life is transformed after he hires a young woman from outside of town to be his housekeeper. Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear award-winner for best director Patrice Chereau will screen his latest "Son Frere" (His Brother). The feature focuses on two estranged brothers who find reconciliation as one succumbs to illness. And a young female factory worker sent to jail for committing a violent act and its subsequent fallout at work is the subject of Benedicte Lienard's "Une part du ciel" (A Piece of Sky), which will be the U.S. premiere of the film.
"Petites coupures" (Small Cuts) by Pascal Bonitzer will close the festival on April 12th. The U.S. premiere of the film is about a confused man torn between his wife and girlfriend who happens upon another woman while lost in a forest. "The City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival has quickly become one of Hollywood's most beloved and anticipated annual events," commented Martha Coolidge, DGA president in a prepared statement. "The DGA is honored to be a partner and, along with hundreds of other festival-goers, looks forward to sitting back, turning off the lights and watching the best that French cinema has to offer." The event is also made possible with help from the L.A. French Consulate and Unifrance.