PARIS–  L.A.-based Colcoa (City of Lights, City of Angels) festival will turn the spotlight on Cedric Klapisch, the popular French helmer of “Auberge Espagnole” and more recently “Chinese Puzzle” with Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Cecile de France.

Succeeding to Bertrand Blier, Alain Resnais and Costa Gavras, among other famed French directors, Klapisch will be the Focus on Filmmaker honoree of the 18th edition. He will be on hand to present his 2002 hit dramedy “L’Auberge Espagnole” followed by the premiere of his latest pic, the New York-set pic “Chinese Puzzle,” ahead of its U.S. release which will be handled by Cohen Media Group in May.  Klapisch will also meet the audience for a Happy Hour Talk panel discussing his work.

Colcoa Classics will pay homage to the late French auteur Patrice Chereau with a special presentation of the restored director’s cut of  Isabelle Adjani starred “Queen Margot,” Chereau’s critically-aclaimed period based on Alexandre Dumas’ novel. Cohen Media Group will release the film digitally in the U.S. to mark its 20th anniversary.

French film icon Francois Truffaut, who died 30 years ago, will be feted with a special tribute, whose program is still under wraps.

The Classics sidebar will also present restored versions of Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty And The Beast” from SND; Henri- Georges Clouzot’s “L’Assassin habite au 21” from Gaumont and Rene Clement’s “Purple Noon” from Studiocanal.

Headed by artistic director Francois Truffart, Colcoa was launched by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, formed by the DGA, the Motion Picture Association, the WGA, and France’s SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music.

The 18th edition of Colcoa will take place April 21-28. The lineup of films in competition will be unveiled on April 1.