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‘My Way’ and ‘The Intouchables’ Highlight 2012 COL*COA Line-up

'My Way' and 'The Intouchables' Highlight 2012 COL*COA Line-up

Los Angeles-based Francophiles have a lot to look forward to when the the 16th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival brings 55 French features and shorts to their city.

COL•COA will open with the premiere of Florent-Emilio Siri’s “My Way,” a biopic about French pop star Claude François, and close with a special presentation of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s dramatic comedy “The Intouchables.”

Maïwenn’s César-nominated drama “Polisse,” Benoit Jacquot’s Berlin International Film Festival opener “Farewell My Queen” and actress Mélanie Laurent’s feature directorial debut “The Adopted” will also screen at the festival.

COL•COA Executive and Artisitic Director François Truffart credits the success of “The Artist” as an indicator of quality in modern French cinema.

“The historic triumph of ‘The Artist’ reflects a remarkable year for French cinema and we are glad to introduce a broad spectrum of new films to Hollywood that reveal both the quality and diversity of recent French productions,” said Truffart.

Full press release below:


LOS ANGELES, CA –The Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF) today announced the program for the 16th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival that will run April 16-23 in Los Angeles.  The festival will present 34 features and 21 shorts, including 10 North American and U.S. Premieres, and 14 West Coast Premieres.  
“The historic triumph of The Artist reflects a remarkable year for French cinema and we are glad to introduce a broad spectrum of new films to Hollywood that reveal both the quality and diversity of recent French productions,” stated François Truffart, COLCOA Executive Director and Artistic Director.
COL•COA will open with the North American Premiere of My Way (“CloClo”), a biopic about French pop star icon Claude François, directed by Florent-Emilio Siri, co-written by Siri and Julien Rappeneau and starring Jérémie Renier. Recently released in France, My Way is already a critical and commercial success.
Closing film on Sunday, April 22nd will be a special presentation, in association with The Weinstein Company, of the already third most successful French box office success: The Intouchables.  Starring François Cluzet and César winner for Best Actor Omar Sy, this hit comedy marks the fourth film from writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano presented at COL•COA.
Cannes Jury Special Prize winner and 13 César-nominated drama, Polisse, co-written and directed by Maïwenn, will be presented at COL•COA one day after its U.S. Premiere at Tribeca. Berlin International Film Festival opening film, Farewell My Queen, co-written and directed by COL·COA 2011 Critics Award-winner Benoit Jacquot,  will have a special presentation at COL·COA before opening the San Francisco International Film Festival.  Other highlights include César multi-nominated and critically acclaimed film, The Minister, written and directed by Pierre Schoeller; the 3D presentation in English of A Monster in Paris, an animated feature co-written and directed by Bibo Bergeron, starring Sean Lennon and Vanessa Paradis, and produced by Luc Besson; the anticipated thriller, 38 Witnesses, written and directed by Lucas Belvaux; as well as The Art of Love, the new comedy from writer-director Emmanuel Mouret.
Several French high-profile titles will also be introduced in the U.S, such as Early One Morning, written and directed by Jean-Marc Moutout; César winner for Best Documentary Leadersheep by writer-director Christian Rouaud; The Silence of Joan, from writer-director Philippe Ramos; as well as the North American Premiere of Another Woman’s Life, co-written and directed by Sylvie Testud and starring Juliette Binoche.
The program will feature several directorial debut films, including the North American Premieres of Love Lasts Three Years, co-written and directed by novelist Frédéric Beigbeder;  The Adopted, co-written and directed by actress and freshman filmmaker Mélanie Laurent; Freeway, co-written and directed by Christopher Sahr; the West Coast Premiere of Louise Wimmer, written and directed by Cyril Mennegun; and Americano, starring Salma Hayek and co-starring writer-director Mathieu Demy, the son of Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy.
Several American distributors will present their films at COL•COA before their U.S. release:  Cinema Guild – Step up to the Plate; The Cohen Media Group – Farewell My Queen; Kino Lorber – The Well Digger’s Daughter; MPI Media – Americano; Sundance Selects – Goodbye First Love! and Polisse;  Strand Releasing – 17 Girls; The Weinstein Company – The Intouchables, A Gang Story and War of the Buttons; and Screen Media for A Happy Event from co-writer-director Remi Bezançon, also in competition at COL·COA for his animated feature Zarafa.
Five popular series will return in 2012. COL•COA.doc will include Michel Petrucciani written and directed by Michael Radford. After 10 will highlight Best Adaptation César winner Guilty, co-written and directed by Vincent Garenq. COL•COA Classics will pay tribute to actor Yves Montand with a rare presentation of the restored Call me Savage from co-writer-director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. For this year’s Carte Blanche program, writer-director Alexander Payne selected Hotel du Nord directed by Marcel Carné, screenplay by Jean Aurenche and Henri Jeanson. The Film Noir series will include the West Coast Premiere of Paris by Night, co-written and directed by Philippe Lefebvre. The Focus on a Filmmaker, this year honoring actress writer-director Julie Delpy, will take place on Thursday, April 19th and will include her new film, Le SkyLab.  
COL•COA Educational Program will offer four High School Screenings, one student screening and one Master Class in association with ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America). The program will host 3,500 students from over 70 high schools, colleges and universities in California.
To celebrate the announcement and recipients of the 2012 COL•COA Awards, the festival will close on Monday, April 23rd with the screening of two winning features and two winning shorts.

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