City of Lights, City of Angels

Movies, Drama
City of Lights, City of Angels
Photo courtesy La Boîte

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