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THE FRENCH ARE COMING FILMS FROM FRANCE DEBUT IN L.A. STARTING TONIGHT AT FESTIVAL.



Byline: Bob Strauss

Film Writer

The 11th annual City of Lights, City of Angels This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article.  French Film Week begins tonight with the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  premiere of "La Vie En Rose," the internationally acclaimed biopic bi·o·pic  
n.
A film or television biography, often with fictionalized episodes.


biopic
Noun

Informal a film based on the life of a famous person [bio(graphical) + pic(ture)]
 of singing legend Edith Piaf Noun 1. Edith Piaf - French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
Edith Giovanna Gassion, Little Sparrow, Piaf
.

Through Sunday, 20 new feature films and an equal number of short subjects from France will make their L.A. debuts at the Directors Guild Theaters on Sunset Boulevard Sunset Boulevard is a street in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades. . Panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As, live talent appearances and, of course, wine-and-cheese receptions are among other events scheduled.

COLCOA offers a representative survey of the previous year in Gallic cinema. Festival director Francois Truffart chooses from approximately 180 movies France produces in a given year.

"Diversity of selection is one of our goals," Truffart says. "We know that there is not only one audience for French films. We have the tradition of very artistic, auteur auteur (ōtör`), in film criticism, a director who so dominates the film-making process that it is appropriate to call the director the auteur, or author, of the motion picture.  films in France. But it is my opinion that even in a mainstream film, you can have quality. It's not a question of being intellectual or not intellectual, but I would say that they are films for a large audience, and this is what I tried to show."

This year's COLCOA indeed covers a wide range, from tonight's Piaf film -- which also opened the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and screens at COLCOA again on Thursday -- to Bruno Dumont's demanding Cannes Film Festival Cannes Film Festival

Film festival held annually in Cannes, France. First held in 1946 for the recognition of artistic achievement, the festival came to provide a rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies.
 award-winner "Flanders," to "Paris, je t'aime," a collection of vignettes set in different districts of the capital and shot by filmmakers from all over the world.

There are also romantic comedies, love stories, political dramas, documentaries, Friday night's program of films noir ... yep, something for all Francophilic tastes.

COLCOA is also the place to catch up with recent work by world-renowned actors such as Gerard Depardieu Noun 1. Gerard Depardieu - French film actor (born in 1948)
Depardieu
, Audrey Tautou, Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve (French IPA: [ka'tʁin də'nœv]), (October 22, 1943, in Paris, France), is an Academy Award-nominated French actress. , Emmanuelle Beart, Andre Dussollier, Sandrine Bonnaire Sandrine Bonnaire is an internationally famous French actress, born 31 May 1967 in the town of Gannat in the Auvergne region. Throughout her career, Sandrine Bonnaire has conducted herself in a rather serious manner, she herself admitting that her demeanour must appear to others as , Jean Rochefort and Nathalie Baye, among many others.

But Truffart says that it's just as much a discovery festival.

"I think it's very important for the COLCOA audience, which is mainly composed of film industry professionals, because they can see some very, very exciting new talents and new ideas," he says.

To that end, members of certain Hollywood guilds, as well as organizations such as Film Independent and the American Cinematheque, can get a $3 discount on each $10 ticket (check www.colcoa.com for eligible organizations and all other festival information). Seniors older than 62 also get the $3 discount, and students and people younger than 21 get in for $5 per film.

Happy Hour Talks, sponsored by the trade paper Variety on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, are free with a ticket purchase that day (and yes, wine and cheese is included). Programming on Sunday is free.

"The festival in Los Angeles is becoming more and more important," says Truffart, who notes that there's been an uptick in North American North American

named after North America.


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see North American blastomycosis.

North American cattle tick
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 distribution of French titles. "Professionals have the opportunity to audience-test films and promote films that they've already bought.

"We have a lot of agents coming to look for new talent, and also producers interested in buying remake rights. It's very attractive for the industry."

Of course, you don't have to work in show business to appreciate one of the most distinguished national cinemas on Earth.

"People can not only find what they want to see at COLCOA, but they can see something they may not have expected to and enjoy it," Truffart says.

"City of Lights, City of Angels," runs tonight through Sunday at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., L.A. Tickets are available in the DGA DGA Directors Guild of America (movie directors union)
DGA Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (France)
DGA Directeur-Grootaandeelhouder (Dutch: Managing Director and Major Shareholder) 
 lobby (cash or checks only) and at www.colcoa.org. Information and showtimes are available at the Web site. For limited information, call (310) 289-5346.

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(1) Starting tonight with "La Vie En Rose," and running through Sunday, 20 new feature films and an equal number of short subjects from France will make their L.A. debuts at the 11th annual City of Lights, City of Angels French Film Week at the Directors Guild Theaters. Panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As, live talent appearances and wine-and-cheese receptions are among other events scheduled.

"HORS DE PRIX"

(2) "LA VIE EN ROSE"

(3) "ENSEMBLE, C'EST TOUT"
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