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70 French films on show in Hollywood

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- The 20th edition of the ColCoa (City of Lights, City of Angels) Festival kicks off today in Los Angeles and lasts nine days

70 French films on show in Hollywood
Up for Love by Laurent Tirard

Chocolat [+see also:
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by Roschdy Zem will have the honour of opening the 20th edition of the ColCoa (City of Lights, City of Angels) Festival today in Los Angeles, as a North American premiere. The gathering offers a record number of 70 French movies and TV productions in the theatres of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), including four world premieres (such as Up for Love [+see also:
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by Laurent Tirard, which will bring the event to a close, and Fanny’s Journey [+see also:
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by Lola Doillon), seven international premieres and 19 North American or US premieres, as well as a raft of movies that will be accompanied by an impressive number of filmmakers, backed up by their local distributors, such as Samuel Goldwyn, Cohen Media Group, Kino Lorber, Film Movement, Music Box Films and Shout Factory.

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The "French NeWave 2.0" section will present such titles as Fatima [+see also:
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by Philippe Faucon (recently crowned with the 2016 César Award for Best Film of the Year), Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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by Eva Husson, Land Legs [+see also:
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by Samuel Collardey, The Wakhan Front [+see also:
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by Clément Cogitore, I Am a Soldier [+see also:
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by Laurent Larivière, and Comment c’est loin [+see also:
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by Orelsan and Christophe Offenstein.

The "Film Noir" programme includes titles like A Decent Man [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Finkiel, Kalinka [+see also:
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by Vincent Garenq and Fast Convoy [+see also:
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by Frédéric Schoendoerffer, while featuring among the titles on the "After 10" menu are Saint Amour [+see also:
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by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, and The First, the Last [+see also:
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by Bouli Lanners.

Standing out in the "World Cinema Produced by France" section are As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
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by Leyla Bouzid and Much Loved [+see also:
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by Nabil Ayouch, among others.

Several seasoned filmmakers are also taking part – for example, with Agnus Dei [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine, Un + une [+see also:
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by Claude Lelouch, Families [+see also:
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by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Courted [+see also:
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by Christian Vincent, Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad [+see also:
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by Robert Guédiguian and En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait [+see also:
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by Christian Carion.

The US premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s Inside the Cell [+see also:
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is bound to set tongues wagging with its focus on terrorism, but levity and comedy will also be part of the gathering with the romantic title Love at First Child [+see also:
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by Anne Giafferi, One Man and His Cow [+see also:
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by Mohamed Hamidi, Encore heureux [+see also:
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by Benoît Graffin, and All Gone South [+see also:
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by Nicolas Benamou and Philippe Lacheau. Animation will also be showcased with Long Way North [+see also:
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by Rémi Chayé, as will documentaries, notably Tomorrow [+see also:
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by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent.

The highly varied programme at this edition of ColCoa is rounded off by a competition for TV productions with the first season of Call My Agent! (Cédric Klapisch, Lola Doillon and Antoine Garceau), the international premieres of Bébés volés by Alain Berliner and Le Passe-muraille by Dante Desarthe, and also Les Pieds dans le tapis by Nader Takmil Homayoun, Borderline by Olivier Marchal, Disparue by Charlotte Brändström and the mini-series Le Secret d’Elise (an adaptation of Marchlands), among others. We also find a short-film competition, six restored classics, and a number of talks (including Focuses on director Jean-Paul Rappeneau and producer Dominique Besnehard) on the festival’s menu.

(Translated from French)

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