Following Cédric Klapisch, Alain Resnais, Julie Delpy, Bertrand Blier, Claude Miller and Florent Emilio Siri, writer-director Michel Hazanavicius will be honored by COLCOA on Thursday April 23, 2015 with the special presentation of two movies including the Los Angeles Premiere of his new film The Search. The writer-director of the five Academy Awards winner, The Artist, will have a one-hour conversation with the COLCOA audience during a Happy Hour Talk.



RENOIR Theater - 2:00 pm


Comedy • Special Presentation • COLCOA Classics


The most astonishing of secret agents, OSS 117 is gifted. He can learn anything in a few minutes: foreign languages, martial arts, Eastern dance...Armed he is invincible. Bare handed he is indestructible. He is handsome. He has charm and style. OSS 117 almost has it all. But when it comes to reason and judgment, he is not so efficient... Starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist (2012), Counter Investigation (COLCOA 2007), 99 Francs (COLCOA 2008)) as OSS 117 alias Hubert Bonnisseur de la Bath, this parody of classic James Bond films made its Los Angeles Premiere at COLCOA 2008, two years before the International Premiere of its sequel OSS 117, Lost in Rio.

(Free access on a first come first served basis – No reservation needed)



RENOIR Theater - 4:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm


A one-hour conversation with writer/director Michel Hazanavicius

(Free admission – Followed by a wine and cheese reception).



RENOIR Theater - 8:30 pm


Drama, War • Los Angeles Premiere • Official Competition

(Followed by a Q&A with Michel Hazanavicius)


The Second Chechen War. 1999. THE SEARCH recounts, on a human scale, a powerful story of conflict told through four lives that will be brought together by a shocking twist of fate. After his parents are killed in their village, a small boy flees, joining the flood of refugees. He meets Carole, a European Union delegation head (Academy Award nominee Bérénice Bejo) and little by little, with her help he will return to life. At the same time, his elder sister Raïssa searches tirelessly for him amongst the civilian exodus. Then there's 20-year-old Kolia... A recent Russian Army recruit, he will gradually be overwhelmed by the daily life of wartime. 

(Ticket needed to access this screening – Box Office and reservations will start April 1st)





Born in Paris, Michel Hazanavicius started his career on French television channel Canal + in 1988, writing skits for popular Saturday Night Live style TV show “Les Nuls” and TV parodies such as Le Grand Détournement (a.k.a. La Classe Américaine) or Derrick contre Superman. After writing and directing various short films, he co-wrote his first feature film in 1996, Delphine 1, Yvan 0, and made his debut as writer/director with Mes Amis in 1999. From 1999 to 2005, he directed more than 40 commercial films and co-wrote the television documentary Rwanda: History of a Genocide (2004). After the worldwide success of his second feature film, OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, he made his first public appearance in Hollywood at COLCOA 2009 for the International Premiere of the sequel OSS 117:Lost  in Rio. Two years later, he directed Jean Dujardin for the third time in the multi-Awarded film The Artist. In 2012, Michel Hazanavicius co-wrote and directed a segment of The Players. His new film, The Search, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and is presented in competition at COLCOA 2015.