FREE Master Classes at 2017 COLCOA -- Meet writer/directors Philippe Lioret (April 25) and Bruno Dumont (April 27)


COLCOA 2017 MASTER CLASSES: Celebrating 10 Years of Educational Program with European Langage and Movies Association (ELMA)


by Oliver Carnay


(Hollywood, CA - April 17, 2017) - Students and teachers are invited to attend two master classes at COLCOA (Free of charge) on Tuesday April 25 at 1pm (with writer/director Philippe Lioret) and Thursday April 27 at 1pm (with writer/director Bruno Dumont). The event is one of the highlights of COLCOA 2017 French Film Festival, which will run from April 24 through May 2, 2017.

HOW TO ATTEND the Master Classes:

Depending on availability, this program is open to any class of college or university. Students from any school can RSVP and attend individually. The master class program is also available for high school teachers and their students.

If you are a professor and want your class to attend this program, please send us an email now at school[at]colcoa.org. Please mention in your email:

◦ Where you teach

◦ How many students plan to attend

◦ Which Master class(es) you want to attend

Students may reserve individually by sending the name and school information at school[at]colcoa.org

Students can also buy tickets on site or on colcoa.org at the reduced price of $5 for all COLCOA screenings, from Tuesday 4/21 to Monday 4/27.


All COLCOA screenings from Tuesday 4/22 to Monday 4/28 are complimentary for teachers/professors participating in a Master class.


Tuesday, April 25 – 1:00 pm ~ 3:45 pm – Truffaut Theater

Screening of A KID (Le Fils de Jean), followed by a discussion with writer/director Philippe Lioret.

Ten years before Stephen Spielberg’s The Terminal, writer/director Philippe Lioret exposed the hidden airport subculture of permanently stranded travelers with no legal standing in his feature debut Lost In Transit (1993), starring Jean Rochefort. Lioret, followed up with films starring favorite collaborators Jacques Gamblin and Sandrine Bonnaire, honing the lighter style he had already established. Lioret began his transition to realist drama with The Light (COLCOA 2005). His breakthrough film Welcome (COLCOA 2009 Audience Award winner), invited audiences to sympathize with the plight of illegal immigrants who risk everything for a better life in France. Despite the controversial subject, the film was nominated for ten César Awards, including best film, best director, and best screenplay. Today, Lioret is best known for his closely observed characters and thematically complex, impressionistic storytelling.


Thursday, April 27 – 1:00 pm ~ 3:45 pm – Truffaut Theater

Screening of SLACK BAY (Ma Loute), followed by a discussion with writer/director Bruno Dumont. (Note: Screening not recommended for students <17)

The first time that writer/director Bruno Dumont made a film about an incompetent detective hunting a killer in Northern France was in 1999, when his controversial Humanité won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes. That film bore all the hallmarks of his early work: grim, minimalistic, non-professional casts, and low budgets. Like his Prix Jean-Vigo winning first feature, The Life of Jesus (COLCOA 1998), most of Dumont’s films are set in northern France, where he taught philosophy before becoming a filmmaker. This harshly beautiful environment is the thread that binds much of Dumont’s otherwise eclectic oeuvre. In 2006, Dumont’s examination of the atrocities of war, Flanders (COLCOA 2007), earned a second Jury Grand Prize at Cannes. Ever the contrarian, Dumont sidestepped, criticizing modern religion with Hadewijch (2009) and Outside Satan (2011), before taking on a costume drama Camille Claudel 1915 (2013), his first film with a professional actor, Juliette Binoche. Dumont’s current fascination, comedy, began with his Arté mini-series Li'l Quinquin (2014).

The COLCOA Master Class program is presented in partnership with ELMA (European Langage and Movies Association) with the support of Laemmle Theatres and the French Film & TV Office in Los Angeles.

Among schools expected to participate are the following:
The Los Angeles Film School, California State University, Northridge Boston University in Los Angeles, Emerson College, Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, Le Cercle Francophone d'UCLA, American Film Institute, University of Southern California, USC School of Cinematic Arts, New York Film Academy, and more.

For tickets and festival schedule information, please log on to www.colcoa.org



04.17.17