The Hon. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France, Tuesday evening hosted festival director and representatives who announced the lineup for the 20th edition of the COLCOA French Film Festival. One of the more popular festivals in Hollywood, the Franco-American Cultural Fund prides itself on bringing popular and unique French films and television to audiences stateside. Running April 18-26 at the Directors Guild of America, this year’s event will screen a record 70 films and television series with four World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 19 North American/U.S. Premieres, 17 West Coast Premieres and 21 new short films.
Opening the festival on Monday April 18 is the North American Premiere of “Monsieur Chocolat.” Co-written by Cyril Gely, Olivier Gorce, Gerard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem and directed by Zem, “Monsieur Chocolat” is a biopic about the first French black clown. Omar Sy and James Thierree star in the film.
For closing night, COLCOA presents the World Premiere of the romantic comedy “Up For Love” starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and directed by Laurent Tirard (“Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia”). This high concept romantic comedy tells the tale of a four-foot version of Dujardin and the much taller potential love interest Virginie Efira.
On the television side, COLCOA will present three television series, including the popular “Call My Agent,” as well as five TV movies, including the North American Premiere of the thriller, “Borderline,” and the International Premiere of comedy “Carpets and Chaos.”
The festival also brings back its popular programs that highlight the multitudes of French film talent working in various genres. France’s new generation of filmmakers can be found in COLCOA’s French NeWave 2.0 Series. There are also the After 10 Series, the World Cinema Produced by France Series, the COLCOA Classics Series, the Happy Hour Talks panel series, the Focus on a Filmmaker Series, which celebrates writer/director Jean-Paul Rappeneau, and the Focus on a Producer Series, which showcases producer Dominique Besnehard.
Documentaries also have a strong presence at COLCOA. Look for “Ice and the Sky” directed by Academy Award winner Luc Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”); 2016 Cesar winner “Tomorrow” written and directed by Cedric Dion and Melanie Laurent; and “The Frankenstein Complex” written and directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet.
21 shorts will screen in the Short Film Competition Series in addition to this year’s premiere of the French animation feature, Remi Chaye’s “Long Way North.”
Executive Producer and Artistic Director Francois Truffart remarks, “This 20th anniversary deserves a spectacular, strong program that reflects the diversity of French production, as well as the creativity and dynamism of French filmmakers and producers.”
For lovers of French culture as well as lovers of cinema, COLCOA French Film Festival always puts on an enticing program. Check out the festival running April 18-26 at the DGA Theatre in Hollywood. For more information including schedules and ticket details, visit COLCOA.org.