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Colcoa Unveils Focus on Michel Hazanavicius, Classics Lineup

19 February 2015 3:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — The L.A.-based French film festival Colcoa (City of Light, City of Angels) is set to fete Michel Hazanavicious, the Oscar-winning helmer of “The Artist,” during its upcoming 19th edition.

As part of Colcoa’s Focus on Filmmakers’ series, Hazanavicius – who currently has a couple projects in the U.S. — will present his latest film, the Cannes-competition player “The Search,” as well as his 2006 hit comedy “Oss 117, Cairo Nest of Spies” starring Jean Dujardin.  “The Search” starred Berenice Bejo as a Ngo worker who forms a special bond with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.

Previous Colcoa honorees include Cedric Klapisch, Bertrand Blier, Costa Gavras, Florent Siri, Julie Delpy and Alain Resnais.

Headed by Francois Truffart, Colcoa will also screen the restored version of Wim Wenders’s “Paris Texas,” which celebrates this year its 30th anniversary. The Palme d’Or winning movie will be presented in association with Argos Films and Janus Films. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Colcoa to honour Michel Hazanavicius

17 February 2015 7:38 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival to honour The Artist director with encore presentation of Oss 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies.

Hazanavicius is the subject of Focus On A Filmmaker on April 23, which sees an encore presentation of Oss 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies, the Los Angeles premiere of The Search and a Happy Hour Talk panel.

A digitally restored version of Paris Texas (1984) will get its West Coast premiere, while there are North American premieres of digitally restored versions of Jean Renoir’s La Chienne (1931) and Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro (1980).

Screenings include world premieres of digitally restored versions of Sandrine Veysset’s Will It Snow For Christmas (1966) and José Giovanni’s Two Men In Town (1973), as well as the first American presentation since 1961 of Philippe de Broca’s Five Day Lover.

Top brass will unveil the competition films on March 31. Colcoa runs from  April 20-28. »

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New on Video: ‘A Day in the Country’

16 February 2015 4:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A Day in the Country

Written and directed by Jean Renoir

France, 1936

Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country comes at a curious point in the director’s career. In 1936, he had several exceptional silent films to his credit, as well as such classics of early French sound cinema as La Chienne (1931), Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), and The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936), among others. But he had still not yet achieved his singular place on world cinema’s pre-war stage. That he would do just a year later, with La Grande Illusion (1937). As noted on the new Criterion Blu-ray, A Day in the Country was “conceived as a short feature…[and] nearly finished production in 1936 when Renoir was called away for The Lower Depths. Shooting was abandoned then, but the film was completed with the existing footage by Renoir’s team and released in its current form in 1946, after the »

- Jeremy Carr

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