The annual City of Lights, City of Angels film festival runs in L.A. this year from April 15-22. Col-Coa, presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund — a partnership of the DGA, WGAW, MPAA and France’s SACEM – showcases new and vintage French movies and this year has given carte blanche to director Wes Anderson to program a classic title. Anderson has gone with Le Feu Follet (The Fire Within), Louis Malle’s 1963 drama that stars Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau. Moreau also stars in Jacques Demy’s La Baie Des Anges (Bay Of Angels), whose restored version is getting a screening on its 50th anniversary. New on the program is the Focus on a Producer initiative with Anne-Dominique Toussaint the inaugurual guest. Toussaint’s credits include César winner Les Beaux Gosses and 2007 sleeper Caramel. The Focus on a Filmmaker will be dedicated to Alain Resnais with a special presentation of 1974’s Stavisky starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The 90-year-old filmmaker’s latest work, Vous N’Avez Encore Rien Vu (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet), which premiered in Cannes last year, will have its U.S. debut at the festival ahead of its May release. Also being honored is the late Maurice Pialat with the screening of A Nos Amours (To Our Loves). Finally, André Techiné’s Les Soeurs Brontë (The Bronte Sisters) will have a special 35th anniversary screening. The full list of competition titles for the Col-Coa Awards will be announced on March 26.
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