Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’

Variety | 4/4/2017 | Staff
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Claude Lelouch’s “Everyone’s Life” will open the 21st Colcoa French Film Festival on April 24.

“Everyone’s Life” (Chacun sa vie), a North American premiere, celebrates 50 years of cinema with cast of 50 French actors, including Johnny Hallyday and Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin.

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The festival, which will be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, will showcase a record 82 films, television series and, for the first time, web series. A total of 70 of these will be in competition for Colcoa awards.

The cinema competition will close on May 2, with the North American premiere of Eric Lavaine’s new romantic comedy, “You Choose,” starring Alexandra Lamy.

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“Colcoa will reach a new level in 2017 with two new categories – a virtual reality program and web series competition – added to the Cinema, Television, and Shorts competitions,” said François Truffart, executive producer and artistic director. “These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production.”

The lineup includes titles from established writer/directors, including Marco Bellocchio (“Sweet Dreams”), Nicolas Boukhrief (“The Confession”), Stephane Brizet (“A Woman’s Life”), Bruno Dumont (“Slack Bay”), Lisa Azuelos (“Dalida”), Philippe Lioret (“A Kid”), Edouard Baer (“Open at Night”), Marie-Camille Mansion-Chaar (“Heaven Will Wait”), Hugo Gelin (“Two is a Family”), Philippe Lachaud (“Alibi.com”), and Dany Boon (“R.A.I.D. Special Unit”).

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The festival will also present the work of newcomers such...
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