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'City of Lights, City of Angels' announces lineup

March 24, 2010 |  8:00 pm


Four international premieres and nine U.S. and North American premieres are among the highlights of the 14th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels French film festival that runs at the Directors Guild of America April 19-25.

The festival, which includes 32 features and 20 shorts, opens with the North American premiere of the acclaimed French comedy “Heartbreaker,” starring Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis.

Another recent comedy hit, “The Concert,” starring Mélanie Laurent of “Inglourious Basterds,” will also have its U.S. unveiling at the festival. The film will be released later this year by the Weinstein Co.

The festival will close with “In the Beginning,” an official selection from last year’s Cannes Film Festival, starring Francois Cluzet of “Tell No One.”

The COL-COA Classics series features the restored Jean-Luc Godard film “Pierre le Fou.” Star Anna Karina and Cinémathèque Française director Serge Toubiana will participate in a panel on the French New Wave following the screening. The series will also present Eric Rohmer’s “Pauline at the Beach” and “The Little Thief,” based on an unfinished script by Francois Truffaut. The film’s director, Claude Miller, is this year’s Focus on Filmmakers honoree.

The festival's “After 10” programming includes a horror series including the North American debut of the zombie film “The Horde."

And for the first time in the festival’s history, French film fans will be invited to a surprise complimentary screening of a North American premiere on April 20.

For more information, go to www.colcoa.org.

— Susan King

Photo: Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris in "Heartbreaker" / Universal Pictures France