Works by d.p.-turned director Yves Angelo, Brigitte Rouan and Bertrand Blier will be featured in the 10th annual City of Light, City of Angels Film Festival, running April 3-9 at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood.
The program’s 18 features and 18 shorts, announced at the Beverly Hills residence of Consul General Philippe Larrieu, represents 10% of France’s annual production and constitutes the largest North American event dedicated to Gallic cinema, according to fest director Claudia Durgnat.
French stars Daniel Auteuil, Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Isabelle Huppert and Phillipe Noiret, as well as the U.K.’s Kristen Scott Thomas and Charlotte Rampling and Italy’s Monica Bellucci are featured among the entries.
The international premiere of Francis Veber’s “La Doublure” (The Valet), starring Auteuil and Scott Thomas, will kick off the fest on April 3, five days after the pic’s Paris bow. Closer will be the world premiere of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “Ces jours heureux” (Those Happy Days). Event also boasts five North American premieres, one U.S. preem, four West Coast premieres and five L.A. preem.
As in past COL/COA events, L.A. auds will be exposed to films by acclaimed French filmmakers that otherwise have not, and likely will not, receive U.S. distribution.
As befits the fest’s 10-year anniversary, there will be both opening- and closing-night ceremonies, with a VIP lounge introduced this year. Filmmakers Blier, Veber, Maurice Barthelemy, Stephanie Brize and Daniele Thompson are expected to participate in Q&As following the screening of their films.