City of Lights, City of Angels Film Fest Announces April Program

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17th annual celebration of French film in Hollywood is set for April 15-22.

The City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival, which promotes new French films in the U.S., has announced some of its slate for its 17th annual edition that will take place April 15-22 at the DGA buliding in Hollywood.  

COLCOA's honorary “carte blanche” was given to Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson, to program one of his favorite French films in the 2013 classics series. He chose Le feu follet (The Fire Witihin), a 1963 drama directed by Louis Malle and starring Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau, which will be presented in association with L’Institut Francais and Janus Films. Andersen often has credited the film as a huge influence on his 2001 cult comedy The Royal Tenenbaums.

The festival will host the U.S. premiere of Alain Resnais You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet ahead of its release in May and also will honor the director with a special presentation of his 1974 Cannes favorite Stavinsky in its Focus on a Filmmaker series.

Cesar-winning producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint of Les Films des Tournelles (Cylcling With Moliere, The French Kissers), will christen the new section Focus on a Producer. Her address and Q&A will focus on a producer’s role in French films and a discussion of the recently-under-fire state financing system.  

A restored version of Jacques Demy’s 1963 Bay of Angels, starring Moreau alongside Claude Mann, will be shown to mark its 50th anniversary. A special 35th anniversary edition of Andre Tecine’s The Bronte Sisters, starring Isabelle Hupper and Isabelle Adjani, also will screen prior to its digital release in the U.S. COLCOA will pay homage to the late writer-director Maurice Pialat with the screening of his Cesar-winning To Our Loves (1983).

The full lineup of films in competition will be announced March 26.