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CLAIRE DENIS IN SANTA MONICA

For the opening night of the American Cinematheque program Salt, Sweat and Sunshine—The Cinema of Claire Denis, the director will join L.A. Times writer Mark Olsen for an onstage conversation at the Aero, followed by a double-bill of CHOCOLAT and WHITE MATERIAL, both of which reference Denis’ upbringing in colonial French Africa.

On Saturday afternoon, Denis will present BEAU TRAVAIL and participate in a post-screening discussion with Justin Chang.

Double-features will fill the rest of the weekend, with pairings of NÉNETTE ET BONI with 35 RHUMS, both with Alex Descas, and TROUBLE EVERY DAY with LET THE SUNSHINE IN, each featuring Nicolas Duvauchelle.

CLAIRE DENIS—CHOCOLAT and WHITE MATERIAL

Friday, April 12, at 7:30

CLAIRE DENIS—BEAU TRAVAIL

Saturday, April 13, at 5 pm.

NÉNETTE ET BONI and 35 RHUMS

Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 pm.

TROUBLE EVERY DAY and LET THE SUNSHINE IN

Sunday, April 14, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1321 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

From top: Cécile Ducasse and Isaach De Bankolé in Chocolat (1988); Alice Houri in Nénette et Boni (1996); Grégoire Colin (left) and Denis Lavant in Beau Travail (1999); Béatrice Dalle in Trouble Every Day (2001); Mati Diop and Alex Descas in 35 rhums (2008); Isabelle Huppert in White Material (2009); Juliette Binoche and Nicolas Duvauchelle in Let the Sunshine In (2017).

CLAIRE DENIS’ SUNSHINE

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LET THE SUNSHINE IN—the brilliant new film from Claire Denis that is not, contrary to reports, based on Barthes’ Fragments d’un discours amoureux—has been held over by Laemmle until June 21.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN

June 15 through June 21.

Monica Film Center

1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica.

 

Through June 14:

Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

 

Through June 7:

Playhouse

673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

 

Through May 31:

Town Center

17200 Ventura Boulevard, Encino.

Juliette Binoche (below with Nicolas Duvauchelle) in Let the Sunshine In.

DALIDA

A star was born last spring at the COLCOA screening of DALIDA, a sweeping, big-screen biopic in the manner of Love Me or Leave MeLady Sings the Blues, and I’ll Cry Tomorrow. This week, Angelenos can see what the fuss was about in a series of Monday night screenings, courtesy of Laemmle.

In the title role, Sveva Alviti pulls out all the stops as the towering, tragic international chanteuse Dalida, climbing the charts while unsuccessfully navigating perfidious showbiz, bad marriage choices, and an irreversible spiral of despair.

 

DALIDA, Monday, October 23, at 7:30 pm.

LAEMMLE ROYAL, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

LAEMMLE PLAYHOUSE, 673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

LAEMMLE TOWN CENTER, 17200 Ventura Boulevard, Encino.

LAEMMLE CLAREMONT, 450 West 2nd Street, Claremont.

laemmle.com/films/42735

 

DALIDA is also the opening night feature at this year’s ARPA International Film Festival in Hollywood.

Friday, November 3, at 8 pm.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

arpafilmfestival.com/

 

DALIDA, video on demand, from December 5. All platforms.

Sveva Alviti and Nicolas Duvauchelle in Dalida (2017). Image credit: Under The Milky Way.

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COLCOA — L’ENVOI

Some highlights from the last five days of the 2017 COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL:

A glossy biopic of a great star of the sixties and seventies, played by an unknown in a tour-de-force performance—DALIDA, starring Italian model Sveva Alviti. With Riccardo ScamarcioNiels Schneider, and COLCOA favorite Nicolas Duvauchelle as socialite “Le Comte de Saint-Germain.” Friday night, April 28, at 8:30 pm.

A TASTE OF INK / COMPTE TES BLESSURES. The post-punk music scene in Paris sets the stage for an explosive triangle: underground singer Vincent (Kévin Azaïs), his widowed father, and his father’s new, much younger girlfriend. This debut film by writer–director Morgan Simon screens on Saturday afternoon, April 29, at 1:20 pm.

Pre-fest screenings of A BAG OF MARBLES / UN SAC DE BILLES have triggered a strong emotional response. The Christian Duguay film screens early Saturday evening, April 29, at 5 pm.

MONSIEUR ET MADAME ADELMAN—the feature debut of playwright and political satirist Nicolas Bedos, about an egomaniacal writer and his wife—could be as divisive as last year’s Mon Roi. See for yourself on Saturday night, April 29, at 8:30 pm.

Romain Duris is a veteran of trench warfare trying to put his life back together in CEASE–FIRE / CESSEZ–LE–FEU, directed by Emmanuel Courcol, and screening on Monday afternoon, May 1, at 3:10 pm.

Lucie (comic Florence Foresti in a dramatic role) has survived cancer. Now she’s trying to recover from her recovery in Anne-Gaëlle Daval’s LADIES / DE PLUS BELLE, which co-stars Nicole Garcia and Mathieu Kassovitz. Monday evening, May 1, at 5:40 pm.

The story of Seine-Saint-Denis writer–performer Fabien Marsaud—his crippling swimming accident when he was 19, his recovery, and his rise as slam poet Grand Corps Malade—is told in STEP BY STEP / PATIENTS, co-directed by GCM and Mehdi Idir. Monday night, May 1, at 8:30.

In addition to these ticketed events, the following free screenings are available, first come, first served:

PLAYTIME (1967, restored, directed by Jacques Tati)

Saturday morning, April 29 at 10:50 am.

And all four screenings on Tuesday afternoon and early evening, May 2, are free.

These reruns of festival favorites screen in two DGA cinemas at 1 pm, 3:15 pm, 3:45 pm, and 5:45 pm. Titles will be announced the evening before on COLCOA’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Through May 2.

Directors Guild of America

7920 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

Special thanks to Karine Choi at Big Time PR.

Top: Florence Foresti and Mathieu Kassovitz in Ladies / De plus belle.

Above: Romain Duris (left) in Cease-fire / Cessez-le-feu.

Below: Kévin Azaïs in A Taste of Ink / Compte tes blessures. Image credit: Cineuropa