City of Lights, City of Angels

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City of Lights, City of Angels
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Oh là là! Channel the romance and culture of the City of Lights through a movie screen at this 16-year-old LA film festivalone of the largest showcases of French film in the world. Catch a week's worth of French cinemaover 50 new and classic films, a diverse group of first time features, box office hits and art house movies. Many anticipated films premiere here, making it a destination for the film industry elite; the fest is frequented by Academy filmmakers, critics and big names from Marion Cotillard to Helen Mirren. This year's headlining films include Hold Back (Rengaine), an example of "guerrilla filmmaking à la Française," and the French Academy Award-winning What's In A Name (Le Prénom). If you want to catch up on past years' offerings, COL•COA classics are shown earlier in the day for just $5. Also on offer are screenings of short films, "Happy Hour Talks" with filmmakers, and a generous portion of free screenings: Try "Blind Date with a French Film," where you get the chance to check out a surprise movie never before shown in the US for no cost. Check the website for a detailed film schedule.

Throughout the week, avid Franco-cinephiles can participate in a corresponding "So Frenchy" photography contest, for Angelenos who see "La Vie En Rose." Snap a shot of anything you feel captures the essence of France in America, be it a magical, clichéd or even embarrasing moment. Those with the most votes by April 20 will receive up to a year of French cinema on iTunes.

By: Gillian Glover

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