Saturday, April 16, 2016


For lovers of French cinema in Los Angeles, they have had the annual COLCOA French Film Festival to see the latest movies from France. This marks the twentieth year of the event and once again there will be nine days of seventy feature films, shorts, television series and movies being screened, many making their North American premieres. The fest will be held from April 18th to 26th at the Directors Guild Theater Complex.

The opening night gala will be "Monsieur Chocolat" which stars Omar Sy in this bio-pic on Raphael Padilla or "Chocolat", the first black star of the stage during the Belle Époque era. Born a slave in Cuba, Padilla arrives in Europe as part of a circus. After meeting businessman George Footit (James Thiérrée, the grandson of Charlie Chaplin), they create an act and "Chocolat" becomes a sensation in France but Padilla faced ridicule and prejudice throughout his fame.

The closing night film will be "Un homme à la hauteur (Up For Love)" and is actually premiering in the U.S. before it's released in France. Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin stars in this romantic-comedy about a stranger who finds the cell phone of a woman (Virginie Efira) and calls her to make arrangements to return it. After having a great conversation, they decide to meet for a date but she has some trouble with his physical attributes.

For the complete list of films, purchase tickets and additional information, please click: 2016 COLCOA Film Festival