City of Lights, City of Angels Fest to Celebrate French Cinema in L.A. (by Brian Brooks, March 11, 2004)

The eighth annual City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival will open Monday, March 29th with the U.S. premiere of “Tais-toi” (“Ruby & Quentin”) at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Writer-director Francis Veber will
join the event, introducing the film and participating in a Q&A session following the screening. This year’s City of Lights, City of Angels fest, an annual event spotlighting French films, will be the inaugural year for its new festival director, Claudia Durgnat, who created and produced the Festival of the Five Senses and served as P.R. director for the Montreux Jazz Festival. Also coming on board is Francois Truffart, who was formerly the director of La Cinefondation at the Cannes Film Festival and head of the film department at the French Consulate in Los Angeles. He will now serve as the festival’s program director.

Fifteen features are set to screen during the event, which concludes on April 3rdm including the world premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s noir-style film, “Le Convoyeur” (Cash Truck). Also screening are Jacques Demy’s “Peau d’ane”
(Donkey Skin), a U.S. premiere, starring Catherine Deneuve and the U.S. premiere of Jan Kounen’s comic book adaptation, “Blueberry.”

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