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Anderson Lights ‘Fire’ at L.A. French Fest

Helmer selects Malle's classic pic at Colcoa

PARIS — Helmer Wes Anderson is set to play a special role at April’s City of Lights, City of Angels, the French film festival held in Los Angeles, sponsored by Variety.

Organizers asked Anderson to choose a pic to play at the event and he has selected Louis Malle’s 1963 classic “The Fire Within,” starring Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau.

“Fire” will unspool in the Colcoa Classics section, along with the North American bow of the restored version of Jacques Demy’s “Bay of Angels” (1963) starring Jeanne Moreau and Claude Mann as lovers; and Andre Techine’s “The Bronte Sisters” (1979) starring Isabelle Huppert and Isabelle Adjani. Cohen Media Group will release a digital version of “Sisters” in the U.S.

Alain Resnais, the 90-year-old helmer whose career spans more than 70 years, will be feted with a panel revisiting his work, as well as a screening of his latest film, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” which competed at Cannes in 2012, and his 1974 crime drama “Stavisky,” which won nods from Cannes, the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review.

Fest will pay homage to iconic Gallic helmer-scribe, Maurice Pialat, marking the 10th anniversary of his death by showing “To Our Loves,” his 1983 drama starring Sandrine Bonnaire.

Finally, Colcoa will turn the spotlight on producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint, known for nurturing talented helmers such as Riad Sattouf (“French Kissers”) and Nadine Labaki (“Where Do We Go Now?,” “Caramel”).

Toussaint’s Les Films Des Tournelles was also behind Philippe Le Guay’s last two films, “Service Entrance” and “Cycling With Moliere,” which were both critical and commercial hits.

The focus on Toussaint will include the screening of two films she’s produced as well as a Q&A discussing the producer’s role in French cinema and France’s financing system.

Colcoa’s competition lineup will be unveiled by artistic director Francois Truffart on March 26. The 17th edition will take place at the Directors Guild of America from April 15-22.

Created by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, Colcoa is backed by the DGA, the MPA and the WGA, as well as France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music.

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