Vive le Cinéma Français! Andrea Rademan Monday, April 23 through Monday, April 30 is the highly anticipated time of year when spring has sprung, daylight savings time is on, and the COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL (this year marks the 22nd EDITION) brings its ooh la la! to the Directors Guild of America. François Truffaut, COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director, announced that this year’s event is dedicated to women. “We will introduce a new series called Women Make History. We will dedicate a day to first films made by female writers and directors; our Focus on a Filmmaker day will be offered to writer, director, actor Mélanie Laurent; and one of our panels will address the role of women in the French film industry.” Opening Night features the North American Premiere of writer/director Eric Barbier’s PROMISE AT DAWN, an adaptation of French author Romain Gary’s autobiography and celebration of his mother, starring Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The North American Premiere of Cedric Kahn’s new drama, THE PRAYER, which premiered at the Berlin Film festival where newcomer Anthony Bajon won the Best Actor Award, closes the festival. New features from established writers/directors include Mathieu Amalric (BARBARA), Yvan Attal (LE BRIO), Daniel Auteuil (THE OTHER WOMAN), Xavier Beauvois (THE GUARDIANS), Samuel Benchetrit (DOG), Christian Carion (MY SON), Alain Chabat (CHRISTMAS AND CO), Dany Boon (FAMILY IS FAMILY), Albert Dupontel (SEE YOU UP THERE), Emmanuel Finkiel (MEMOIR OF WAR), David and Stephane Foenkinos (JEALOUS) Yann Gozlan (BURN OUT), Naomi Kawase (RADIANCE), Mélanie Laurent (DIVING, THE ADOPTED), Philippe Le Guay (NAKED NORMANDY), Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache (C’EST LA VIE!), Laurent Tirard (RETURN OF THE HERO) and Nicolas Vannier (SCHOOL OF LIFE). Newcomers include Fillipe Barboza (GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN), Modi Barry & Cédric Ido (CHÂTEAU), Hubert Charuel (BLOODY MILK), Charles de Meaux (THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT with Chinese star Fan Bing Bing), Elsa Deringer (LUNA), Marie Garel-Weiss (THE PARTY IS OVER), Julien Hallard (LET THE GIRLS PLAY), w/d Xavier Legrand (CUSTODY), Nawell Madani (STAND UP GIRL!) Dominique Rocher (THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD) and Léonor Seraille (MONTPARNASSE BIENVENÜE). You may catch a glimpse of actors Camélia Jordana (LE BRIO), Vanessa Paradis (DOG), Nahuel Perez Biscayart (SEE YOU UP THERE), Melville Poupaud (THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT, BEYOND SUSPICION), Antony Bajon (THE PRAYER) and veteran writer/director Francis Veber (20th anniversary of THE DINNER GAME), all of whom will attend. THE TELEVISION COMPETITION INCLUDES THESE SERIES: BEYOND SUSPICION / Insoupçonnable. This adaptation of the Belfast-based BBC series THE FALL follows Parisian criminologist Chloé Fisher to Lyon to investigate a murder, where she finds a loving family man who happens to be a serial killer. BEAUTIFUL LOSER / Irresponsable. Season 1 won the COLCOA 2017 Best Series Award. Julian is a 32 year old slacker but when unexpected events threaten his carefree existence he determines to become a responsible adult. It may not be easy. PROUD / Fiertés. This story of first love spans three generations: 1981, when the WHO still consider homosexuality a mental illness; 1999, when domestic partnership PACs are created; and 2013, when gay marriage is ratified. THE ART OF CRIME / L’Art Du Crime. Antoine and Florence fight the illegal trafficking of cultural artifacts, unveiling mysteries of the country’s cultural heritage. I LOVE YOU 2 / J’ai Deux Amours. Hector, a gay doctor in a committed relationship with Jérémie, runs into his first love, Louise, and refuses to give up either one. ISKLANDER / Maroni Les Fantômes du Fleuve. Rookie cop Chloé is transferred to French Guiana and mismatched with a prickly local cop. Working to solve a murder they journey from tin-shack favelas and mysterious hallucinogenic drugs to voodoo rituals and a buried past. AND THESE TV MOVIES: THE CONSOLATION. Based on French TV host Flavie Flament’s autobiographical novel about a celebrated British photographer — famous for his photos of nude young girls — who committed suicide after being exposed. THE AGE OF STATELESS / Le Temps des Egarés. Sira, a former refugee who works for the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, extorts money from foreigners seeking asylum. SPECIAL HONORS / Mention Particulière. Laura, 20, is determined to earn her high school diploma despite having Down syndrome. Based on a true story. INFIDELITY / Un Adultère. Real estate agent Julien falls in love with a young client who happens to work in his wife’s tea shop. THROUGH THE MILL / La Mélancolie Ouvrière. Born a peasant in 1870, Lucie struggles all her life, finally joins Auda, a unionist who educates her politically and woos her romantically. Other exciting programs include: After 10 series (April 24~28); COLCOA Classics (April 24~28); COLCOA Documentaries (April 24~29); World Cinema Produced by France, including two French-Italian co-productions (April 25); Focus on a Filmmaker, dedicated to writer/director Mélanie Laurent (April 26); Films Noir Series (April 28); French NeWave 2.0, exploring first films directed by women (April 28); and Happy Hour Talks, a series of free panels presented in association with Variety (April 24-28). Panels include a discussion about the distribution and promotion revolution in the digital era on April 25, Place of Women in the Industry in France on April 27 and a focus on composer Laurent Perez Del Mar on April 28. All programs are presented with English subtitles or in English. Tickets available at www.colcoa.org. and at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90046 during the event. Visit www.colcoa.org for box office hours, prices and further details. Public info (310) 289-5346.

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