Colcoa press conference 2019

Los Angeles, Residence de France August 27 201

partnership of DGA, MPA, SACEM and WGA West, announced today the program for the 23rd COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL that includes World, International, North American, U.S. and Los Angeles premieres. The festival runs September 23-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, as part of Awards Season in Hollywood. The festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Ladj Ly’s LES MISÉRABLES on Monday, September 23. COLCOA is delighted to be the inaugural festival event at the newly renovated DGA, as it has been COLCOA’s home for 23 years. This year’s new dates for the festival offer us a unique platform to promote French Films and series in Hollywood at the beginning of Awards Season. COLCOA is considered the largest festival dedicated to French films and series worldwide. Additional programming will be announced shortly.
“This high-profile program includes several films from Cannes and Venice programmed for the first time in the U.S., as well as films presented before their release in France,” stated François Truffart, COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “It shows the faithfulness of distributors, producers and sponsors, who strongly believe that COLCOA has become an established event in Hollywood.”

Over 25 films will premiere and compete for the COLCOA Cinema Awards, beginning on Opening Night (Monday, September 23) with Amazon Studios’ LES MISÉRABLES, which won the Jury Prize at the last Cannes Film Festival and the 2019 D’Ornano-Valenti Prize. Victor Hugo’s magnum opus is both lionized and shaken up in Ladj Ly’s sprawling fresco of his native Montfermeil – a collection of housing projects crawling with sleazy cops, small-time hoods, the Muslim Brotherhood, and a ragtag group of kids left to fend for themselves… all jockeying for turf and struggling to forestall the inevitable. Majestic, stirring, gripping and compassionate, with a musical score that is, at once, moving and thrilling, the film follows an upright cop on his first day on the job, as he learns the ropes and struggles to hold onto his principles. It opens with a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise and a joyous eruption of fraternité and concludes with a resounding eleventh-hour alarm and powerful plea to diffuse the tinderbox and somehow resolve all this anger and violence.

The festival showcases both established and exciting new directors. Veteran filmmakers include Academy Award® winner writer/director Costa Gavras’ political thriller, ADULTS IN THE ROOM (North American Premiere); w/d Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s drama YOUNG AHMED (North American Premiere); w/d Cédric Klapisch’s new pursuit of love, SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (North American Premiere); w/d Cédric Kahn’s dysfunctional family portrait, HAPPY BIRTHDAY (North American Premiere), starring Catherine Deneuve; and w/d Nicolas Boukhrief’s thriller based on Pierre Lemaitre’s novel, THREE DAYS AND A LIFE (International Premiere).

Newcomers include w/d Antoine Raimbault’s courtroom drama, CONVICTION (Los Angeles Premiere) and w/d Mikhaël Hers post-traumatic stress disorder drama, AMANDA (Los Angeles Premiere), as well as several films written and directed by women including Andréa Bescond’s autobiographical feature (made with w/d Eric Métayer) about her sexual abuse as a child, LITTLE TICKLES (Los Angeles Premiere); w/d Mounia Meddour’s Algerian civil war drama, PAPICHA (North American Premiere and Algeria’s official entry for the Oscars); w/d Claire Burger’s family drama, REAL LOVE (Los Angeles Premiere), director Fabienne Godet’s powerful drama about recovery, OUR WONDERFUL LIVES (U.S. Premiere); w/d Marie-Sophie Chambon’s debut feature film on how it feels to be an outsider, STARS BY THE POUND (North American Premiere); and w/d Sarah Suco’s autobiographical film, THE DAZZLED (International Premiere).

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(Source : press release)

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