Saturday, April 22, 2017


Considered now to be one of the biggest festivals in the world dedicated to French cinema, the 2017 COLCOA Fest will be coming to Los Angeles for a week of new French films, documentaries, shorts, web series and television programming from April 24 - May 2. This will be the twenty-first year of the fest and will feature an exclusive program with 75 films with many North American and world premieres with all films being screened at the Directors Guild Theater.

Th opening film will be "Chacun sa vie (Everyone's Life)", the latest from legendary filmmaker, Claude Lelouch. He has assembled some big names in French cinema (Johnny Hallyday, Béatrice Dalle, Christopher Lambert and Oscar-winner,Jean Dujardin) and created a multi-storyline romantic-dramedy about several people attending a jazz festival for a variety of different reasons beyond hearing music.

The closing night film selected is "L’Embarras du choix (You Choose!)". Alexandra Lamy stars in this romantic-comedy about a forty year old woman still dependent on her father and friends to take care of everything and make all decisions in her life. After being dumped by her fiancé, her friends set her up with Étienne (Arnaud Ducret), a handsome chef. Then she meets a wealthy Scotsman (Jamie Bamber) and likes them equally but is unable to decide when both men propose to her.

Recent Oscar-winner for his musical, "La La Land", Damien Chazelle was asked to select a French film that inspired him and one was Léos Carax's 1991 surreal drama, "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on The Bridge)". Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant star as two homeless people who find love and tragedy on the tough streets of Paris.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Jean-Pierre Melville, a filmmaker who transformed the crime thriller into high art, one of his most acclaimed films, "Le Cercle Rouge" will be screened. This classic film noir stars Alain Delon and Yves Montand in the story of a cat-loving detective (Bourvil) attempting to foil a plot to rob a jewelry store by an ex-con, a former cop and a criminal mastermind.

And to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Playtime", Jacques Tati’s most inventive and ambitious film, a newly restored version will be presented.

For the complete list of programming, tickets and additional information, please click below:

2017 COLCOA French Film Festival