2017 COLCOA CLASSICS
Start your day at COLCOA with a free and very exclusive program of digitally restored French favorites. The COLCOA Classics Series will run from Tuesday April 25 to Saturday April 29.
COLCOA offers a unique opportunity to rediscover French masterpieces on the big screen, some rarely shown in the United States, some shown for the first time in a digitally restored version. All films are in English or presented with English subtitles.
This program is free of charge with no reservation needed (on a first come first served basis.)
Schedule will be announced April 5th, 2017
CARTE BLANCHE TO WRITER/DIRECTOR: DAMIEN CHAZELLE
Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle has been given Carte Blanche by the festival to present a French film that has influenced his cinematic work. As a mirror to his tribute to the City of Angels in LA LA LAND, the filmmaker has chosen the City of Light homage, Leos Carax’s THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE (1991), starring Academy Award® winner Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant. This Carte Blanche will be presented in association with Rialto Pictures, with the support of the French Embassy in the U.S. and l’Institut Français.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF NOT HERE TO BE LOVED (2005)
COLCOA will honor writer-director Stéphane Brizé on Thursday, April 27th, with a special presentation of NOT HERE TO BE LOVED (2005), starring Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, and George Wilson. This film had his U.S. Premiere at COLCOA in 2006 and will be part of the COLCOA CLASSICS program.
The Festival will also host the West Coast Premiere of Brizé’s new film A WOMAN’S LIFE (UNE VIE), based on the Guy de Maupassant novel and starring Judith Chemla; this winner of the International Federation of Film Critics’ Award at the Venice Festival will be released in the U.S. later this year by Kino Lorber. Stéphane Brizé joins the exclusive list of those honored at COLCOA, including filmmakers Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Michel Hazanavicius, Cédric Klapisch, Bertrand Blier, Costa-Gavras, and Alain Resnais.
Stéphane Brizé will also meet the audience for a Happy Hour Talk dedicated to his work. This Focus is presented with the support of TS Productions, Doc & Film International, Unifrance and Kino Lorber Films.
- JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Festival is proud to present the world premiere of the newly digitally restored ONE DAY IN A CLOWN’S LIFE, the very first film written and directed by iconic filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville. This 18-minute documentary/fiction movie made in 1946 will premiere during COLCOA’s opening night, and later in the Festival before a special presentation of LE CERCLE ROUGE, starring Alain Delon, Bourvil, and Yves Montand.
Jean-Pierre Melville’s 100th anniversary is presented in association with the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation, Rialto Pictures, the French Embassy in the United States, l’Institut Français, and Les Films du Jeudi.
- INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF THE DIGITALLY RESTORED FAREWELL BONAPARTE
COLCOA is pleased to present, in association with the Franco-American Cultural Fund and TF1 Studio, an International Premiere of FAREWELL BONAPARTE (1985), the beautifully restored historical fresco from Egypt’s most celebrated filmmaker, Youssef Chahine. The film stars Michel Piccoli and Patrice Chereau in the role of Bonaparte, and takes place during the French Occupation of Egypt (1797-1803), depicting the conflict between tradition and modernization in the context of fighting the French invaders. The stunning film paints a prophetic picture of Egypt’s strained relationship with the west.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JACQUES TATI’S PLAYTIME
This restored version of Jacques Tati’s most inventive and ambitious film, PLAYTIME (1967), will have a special presentation at the festival to celebrate its 50th anniversary. A satire of urbanization and probably his most ambitious production, PLAYTIME confirms Tati as one of the greatest comic talent, as well as a true visionary. The film will be presented in association with Janus Films, Criterion, and Les Films de Mon Oncle.
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