ColCoa Roundup: Introduction

This week the Mediascape Blog is running a series of posts by Laura Swanbeck on the 2013 ColCoa Film Festival.


I have wanted to set foot inside the Directors Guild of America ever since moving to Los Angeles in the fall of 2012. Last month I had the opportunity to do just that with the commencement of the 17th annual ColCoa (City of Lights, City of Angels) Film Festival, for which the DGA plays host. Invited by Executive Producer and Artistic Director Franois Truffart as well as Associate Director Sandrine De Clercq to cover the festival, I felt humbled to be among such incredibly talented filmmakers from around the world, not to mention having the chance to work alongside journalists from publications ranging from American Cinematographer to Le Monde.

What followed was a whirlwind week at the second largest French film festival, during which I attended myriad screenings (many of which were North American debuts), observed panels, and participated in press sessions. For a week, Francophiles flocked to the DGA to experience premieres, homages, restorations, and retrospectives by renowned French filmmakers. Director Wes Anderson received ColCoa’s honorary “carte blanche” and chose to program Louis Malle’s classic Le Feu Follet (1963), starring Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau. The festival also featured a digital restoration of Jacques Demy’s Bay of Angels (1963) as well as the 35th Anniversary screening of The Brönte Sisters (1979), directed by Andre Techiné and starring Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Hupert, and Marie-France Pisier. Continue reading “ColCoa Roundup: Introduction” »