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Vincent Lacoste—the often self-effacing, always drôle “everyman” who recently made a favorable impression on American moviegoers with his turn in Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel—is the star of COLCOA 2019, here to engage the audience and discuss his three new releases.

Tonight, following the North American premiere of Honoré’s new comedy/drama/musical ON A MAGICAL NIGHT, Lacoste will participate in a post-screening Q & A. The film also stars Chiara Mastroianni—who won Best Actress at Cannes this year for her part—Camille Cottin, Carole Bouquet, and Benjamin Biolay as an older version of Lacoste’s character.

On Wednesday night, the actor returns to the festival to introduce Mikhaël Hers’ acclaimed drama AMANDA, featuring Isaure Multrier in the title role. Lacoste is back late Friday night for THE FRESHMEN (Première année), which co-stars William Lebghil. Both films are Los Angeles premieres.


Tuesday, September 24, at 8 pm.


Wednesday, September 25, at 10:25 pm.


Friday, September 27, at 10:20 pm.

Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Vincent Lacoste (center), Camille Cottin (left), and Chiara Mastroianni in On a Magical Night; Benjamin Biolay (left), Cottin, and Lacoste; Lacoste and Mastroianni (center); Lacoste and Isaure Multrier in Amanda; William Lebghil (left) and Lacoste in The Freshmen; Lacoste and Lebghil. Images courtesy and © the filmmakers, the actors, the producers, and the distributors.


“[Marguerite Duras] was a fascinating character… indomitable and tireless, who grabbed the world by the throat and said, ‘Look at me.’  But [she was] very intelligent, and able to think of many different strategies for dramatizing the basic facts of her life.” — Edmund White

Author of the autobiographical novel L’Amant, the screenplay Hiroshima mon amour (1959, for director Alain Resnais), and several diaries of the 1940s which play up her Resistance activities and play down her work with the Vichy regime, Duras was well known for telling a few stories many times, in many different ways.

Duras’ fictionalized “memoir of war” La douleur (written contemporaneously with the events it describes but not published until 1985, eleven years before her death) is the basis for a hallucinatory new film directed by Emmanuel Finkiel, a former assistant director for Jean-Luc Godard and Krzysztof Kieslowski.

LA DOULEUR / MEMOIR OF WAR stars Mélanie Thierry as Duras, and features Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Shulamit Adar, and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet as “Morland” (the code name for François Mitterrand during the Resistance).

COLCOA presents the West Coast premiere of the film, followed by a conversation with the director.



Tuesday, April 24, at 5:40 pm.

Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

Mélanie Thierry as Marguerite Duras in La Douleur / Memoir of War. Image credit: Music Box Films.