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OH LES FILLES / Haut les filles—a new decade-spanning documentary—brings together ten of the “top girls” of French music culture who embody the defiant, persistent spirit of Édith Piaf, street waif of Belleville and punk rocker avant la lettre.

Director François Armanet—a veteran reporter for Libération and Le Nouvel observateur, and current editor-in-chief of the weekly newsweekly L’Obs—has interviewed a select group to share the perils and rewards of being a women in what is often an overtly sexist industry.

OH LES FILLES—starring Jeanne Added, Jehnny Beth, Lou Doillon, Brigitte Fontaine, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, Imany, Camélia Jordana, Elli Medeiros, and Vanessa Paradis—will screen this week at COLCOA 2019 in its North American premiere.


Thursday, September 26, at 10:20 pm.

Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Françoise Hardy; Lou Doillon (left) and Charlotte Gainsbourg; Imany, photograph courtesy and © Claire Vinson; Brigitte Fontaine; Camélia Jordana; Jeanne Added, La Fête de l’Humanité, Parc départemental Georges-Valbon, September 15, 2018, photograph courtesy and © Alain Leroy; Jehnney Beth; Vanessa Paradis; Elli Medeiros. Images courtesy and © the artists, photographers, and publishers.


COLCOA—the annual French film festival in Los Angeles—gets off to a dynamic start this week with the local premiere of Ladj Ly’s acclaimed banlieue drama LES MISÉRABLES, which won the Prix du jury at the 2019 Festival de Cannes and will represent France at the Academy Awards in February.

Inspired by the work of Spike Lee, Jacques Audiard, Raymond Depardon, and Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine, Ly’s debut feature tracks the power games and unchecked aggression between the gangs of Clichy-Montfermeil and three of the cops—played by Djebril Zonga, Alexis Manenti, and Damien Bonnard—attached to the district. Jeanne Balibar co-stars as the police chief.

It’s easy to live with each other when you have money. When you don’t, it’s a lot more complicated: you need compromises, arrangements, little deals… It’s a matter of survival. For the cops too, they are in survival mode. [With] LES MISÉRABLES, I’ve tried to be as fair as possible… I was ten years old when I was first stopped and searched by the police, which tells you how well I know cops, how long I’ve lived close by them.Ladj Ly

On opening night, the director will be joined by cast members Zonga and Bonnard for a post-screening conversation. Bonnard will return on Friday for the encore presentation.


Monday, September 23, at 7:30 pm.

Friday, September 27, at 5 pm.

Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Ladj Ly, Les Misérables (2019), stills, from top: 2018 World Cup victory celebration in Paris, which opens the film; Damien Bonnard (left), Alexis Manenti, and Djebril Zonga; banlieue residents; Zonga, in front of wall mural by JR—part of the artist’s 28 Millimètres, Portrait of a Generation series—depicting Ladj Ly holding video camera; confrontation between Manenti and banlieue resident; young actors; film scene. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the producers, Wild Bunch, and Amazon Studios.


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In REINVENTING MARVIN, the prolific director Anne Fontaine and her co-writer Pierre Trividic start with the premise established by Édouard Louis’ autobiographical novel The End of Eddy—a besieged, effeminate boy (Jules Porier) growing up in rural northern France—and brings their protagonist (played as a young man by Finnegan Oldfield) to Paris, where he attempts to write and stage a one-man show with the help of a sugar daddy (Charles Berling), a theater director (Vincent Macaigne), and an actress (Isabelle Huppert, as herself).

This week, Outfest will present the Los Angeles premiere of this highly anticipated drama at the Directors Guild, with a post-screening reception.


REINVENTING MARVIN, Tuesday, July 17, at 7 pm.

DIRECTORS GUILD, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.


Charles Berling (left) and Finnegan Oldfield in Reinventing Marvin.

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WE THE ANIMALSJustin Torres’ short, brilliant, beloved novel of 2011—has been brought to the screen by writer-director Jeremiah Zagar and screenwriter Daniel Kitrosser.

The story of three wild brothers uprooted from Brooklyn to upstate New York, the film stars Evan Rosado as the youngest son, Sheila Vand as his manic-depressive mother, and Raúl Castillo (from the series Looking) as the over-wrought dad in way over his head.

This Outfest 2018 presentation will be followed by a reception in the DGA atrium.


WE THE ANIMALS, Saturday, July 14, at 6:45 pm.

DIRECTORS GUILD, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.


See: thefilmexperience.net/we-the-animals

Evan Rosado (foreground), Sheila Vand, and Raúl Castillo in We the Animals.

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“I realized that wherever I look—the boulevards, the side streets, the studios, the fancy homes in the hills—there is a sliver of my past in all of it…

“My mind lazily ambled through endless mental files containing images of glamorous parties, of wild poolside orgies, of crowded sound stages, of dark places where bodies collided with electrifying vigor, of ghostly gatherings of gorgeous women and virile young men, of a magnificent variety of passionate sex of every kind.

“Frankly, I knew Hollywood like no one else knew it.” — Scotty Bowers*

Scotty Bowers—a bisexual hustler and procurer-to-the-stars—made his first Hollywood connection in the early 1940s when costume designer Orry-Kelly picked him up on the Boulevard.**

Operating out of a local gas station and later through bartending gigs at celebrity-filled house parties, Bowers himself tricked with and/or found young men—often fellow Marines—for Cary Grant, Cole Porter, Vivien Leigh, Tennessee WilliamsTyrone Power, Cecil Beaton, Edith Piaf, George Cukor, Charles Laughton, Noël Coward, Ramon Navarro, Blanche Knopf, the Duke of Windsor, and Néstor Almendros.

According to Bowers, the fabled Tracy-Hepburn “romance” was pure fiction cooked up by publicists. Bowers regularly had sex with an invariably inebriated Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn counted on Bowers for a regular supply of young women, as did Errol FlynnAlfred A. KnopfWallis Simpson, and Howard Hughes.

Bowers told all in his sensational 2012 memoir Full Service, and Matt Tyrnauer—director of Valentino: The Last Emperor and Citizen Jane—brings Bower’s story to the screen in the new documentary SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD, premiering this week at Outfest.

On Wednesday, July 25, Bowers will be honored with a special proclamation by the City of West Hollywood.

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DIRECTORS GUILD, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.


Opens Friday, July 27.

ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.



SCOTTY BOWERS honored by Mayor Pro Tempore JOHN D’AMICO

Wednesday, July 25, at 5 pm.

THE ABBEY, 692 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood.

*Scotty Bowers, with Lionel Friedberg, Full Service (New York: Grove Press, 2012), xii-xiii.

** In Full Service, Bowers repeatedly emphasizes that he accepted no cash in exchange for his introductions, and any personal payment-for-sex was in the form of a “tip.”

Top: Tyrone Power.

Above: Katharine Hepburn in Sylvia Scarlett (1935), directed by George Cukor.

Poster image credit: Greenwich Entertainment.

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