Los Angeles (AFP)
The Hollywood French Film Festival unveiled its lineup on Monday, with organizers hoping to capitalize on a pandemic shift to non-English programming in the United States.
The 25th edition of COLCOA – the largest festival in the world dedicated to French cinema – will open with “Entre Deux Mondes”, in which Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche infiltrates to denounce the insecurity of the economy concerts.
The film, which has a largely unprofessional distribution, leads a field of 55 films and series, as well as 19 short films designed to present the best of Gallic cinema.
“Contrary to what one might have expected after all these months of confinement, this very eclectic and high-profile program reflects the incredible number of films actually produced in France over the past two years,” said François Truffart, executive producer and artistic director of the festival. , noted.
The raging Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s event, as the public retreated inside.
But, according to deputy director Anouchka van Riel, the boom in non-English-speaking films and television during the lockdown is proof that there is a significant market – and an appetite – for things other than the usual Hollywood fare.
“In a world that had to take shelter in place for a year due to the pandemic, French stories went global while individuals were isolated at home,” she said, citing the series in French. “Lupine” and “Call My Agent”.
Ongoing hits like Netflix’s Korean-language “Squid Game” underscore the fact that audiences don’t find subtitles off-putting, van Riel says.
Other titles offered this year include “Lost Illusions”, the adaptation by writer-director Xavier Giannoli of the novel of the same name by Honoré de Balzac, and “Onoda: 10,000 nights in the jungle”, the story of a Japanese soldier who refuses to believe World World War II is over and has been going on for decades.
COLCOA, which stands for “City of Lights, City of Angels” – the nicknames for Paris and Los Angeles, respectively – runs from November 1-7.
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