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Gauls fly film flag in L.A.

Fest gives unknowns chance to shine

The ninth annual City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival, which features a potpourri of offerings from major and lesser-known French filmmakers, kicks off April 11 with Claude Lelouch’s “Men and Women.”

Most of the films, all being screened at the Directors Guild of America theater in Hollywood, will be followed by Q&As with the helmers. Among them: Bertrand Tavernier (“Holy Lola”); Philippe Lioret (“L’equipier”); Jean-Paul Salome (“Arsene lupin”); and Costa-Gavras, whose “Le couperet” will have its U.S. preem April 16.

The fest’s pics feature a veritable who’s who of French thesps, including Sandrine Bonnaire (“L’equipier”), Gerard Depardieu (Olivier Marchal’s “36,” and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “Je prefere qu’on reste amis”), Arielle Dombasle (“Men and Women”) and Isabelle Huppert (Alexandra Leclere’s “Les soeurs fachees”).

The fest’s closing day, April 17, will feature a second screening of the Audience Choice Award film, shown earlier in the week. All pics are in French with English subtitles.

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