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One of my favorite weeks of the year is the COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles. All week you can view French films in the heart of Hollywood that have yet to be released in the United States.

The Melville Theater at the Directors Guild of America

This year, I was especially excited to see:

  • Les Misérables (2019) (Winner of Best First Feature Award) A drama inspired by the riots in 2005 in the Paris suburbs that also won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • La Belle Époque (2019) A high-concept romantic comedy that involves time travel.
  • In Your Hands (Au bout des doigts) (2018) A romantic drama that’s like Good Will Hunting with a musical twist.
  • (And I always enjoy the shorts!)

Sadly, I was ill and missed the entire thing.

And even worse, I didn’t get to enter to win a trip to Paris this year. If you end up attending in the future, you can enter to win a trip to Paris just by buying a ticket and voting. You can see it here on an old ticket stub of mine:

I am keeping an eye out for the first opportunity to view these films and will let you know when they are available.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend attending COLCOA. Not only for the films but for the atmosphere, food, and fun. And if you don’t speak French, fear not! There are English subtitles so you can enjoy. For more information, visit: https://colcoa.org.

Photos: Living Frenchly

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