The City Of Lights, City Of Angels French film festival will run in LA this year from April 21-28. The 18th festival has unveiled its Classics program and the Focus on a Filmmaker sidebar. Cédric Klapisch will be honored with the latter on April 24 with a special presentation of his 2002 hit L’Auberge Espagnole, and the premiere of his latest film Chinese Puzzle, the third in the Auberge trilogy. Romantic comedy Chinese Puzzle (Casse-Tête Chinois in local parlance) was released in France on December 4 to strong notices and sold over 1.4M tickets. It stars Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Cécile de France. Klapisch will discuss his work following the screening. Col-Coa is also paying tribute to Patrice Chéreau who passed away in October 2013. The homage will include a screening of a digitally restored version of 1994’s Queen Margot starring Isabelle Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Daniel Auteuil. Cohen Media Group is planning a 20th anniversary digital release in the U.S. this year. Also screening are a digitally restored version of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 Beauty And The Beast; a 30th anniversary presentation of Otar Iosseliani’s Favorites Of The Moon (Cohen Media Group is also releasing digitally this year); the restored version of 1960’s Purple Moon directed by René Clément; and a newly restored version of Henri-Georges Cluzot’s 1942 drama L’Assassin Habite Au 21. Finally, Col-Coa will pay tribute to François Truffaut 30 years after his death with a special program. The full lineup of competition films will be announced on April 1. Col-Coa was created by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a collaborative effort of the DGA, the MPA, the WGAW, and France’s SACD.
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