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“La Vie en Rose” and “Michou D’Auber” Bookend City of Lights, City of Angels Fest

"La Vie en Rose" and "Michou D'Auber" Bookend City of Lights, City of Angels Fest

Writer/director Olivier Dahan‘s biopic “La Vie en Rose” will open the 11th City of Lights, City of Angels series spotlighting French films in Los Angeles April 16 – 22. The Picturehouse film, starring Marion Cotillard and Gerard Depardieu, is the story of French singer Edith Piaf, which will open in New York and LA June 8. The U.S. premiere of “Michou D’Auber” (also starring Depardieu) written and directed by Thomas Gilou, will be the closing night film on April 21st. Also on tap is the West Coast premiere of “Paris, je t’aime,” a multi-segment love letter to Paris by multiple writer-directors, hosted by Olivier Assayas, which First Look will release in May. COL COA will also host the U.S. debut of “Priceless” (Hors de prix), a new Pierre Salvadori comedy with Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh, set for a U.S. fall release by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Tautou also stars in the new Claude Berri film, “Hunting and Gathering” (Ensemble, c’est tout) a COL COA North American premiere. “Following the goal of its producer, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, COL COA is now a well established event which facilitates exchange among American and French filmmakers. It has become an important showcase for the promotion of talent and new films, not only in Hollywood, but also in the U.S.,” stated festival director and programmer Francois Truffart in a statement. “2007 should be a good year for French cinema in the U.S., as more films have recently been bought.” For more information and a full list of films, visit the COL COA website. [Brian Brooks]

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