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Genre: Action, Superhero
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Released by: Warner Bros.
Run time: 143 minutes
It’s a puzzling paradox that has plagued comic book lovers, rabid film buffs and observers of pop culture alike: why has Hollywood been unable to create a truly great portrayal of Superman, the international icon and perhaps America’s first transcendent superhero? While the last attempt, 2006’s “Superman Returns,” debuted to healthy box office returns and generally decent reviews, it has been largely forgotten and consigned to the dustbin of cinematic history.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by: Danièle Thompson
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Kad Merad, Monica Bellucci, Lou de Laâge, Valérie Bonneton
Released by: Pathé Distribution
by Alain Gayot
The 17th annual COL•COA French Film Festival debuted at The Director’s Guild Theater Complex in Los Angeles, where director Danièle Thompson’s “It Happened in Saint-Tropez” was presented by Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles. Once the Champagne de L’Argentaine and food from some of LA’s popular restaurants like Church & State, K-ZO and Estérel at the Sofitel Los Angeles was enjoyed, a throng of VIPs, actors (including Robert Forster and Shannon Wilcox), directors and other moviegoers proceeded into the theater. The screening of the short “Clean” was followed by the feature presentation of “Des Gens qui s’embrassent” AKA stateside “It Happened in Saint-Tropez.” The title was inspired by the Frank Sinatra song “It Happened in Monterey” which is featured in the movie along with the crooner’s hit “My Way.” Coincidentally, the music for that song was co-written by Claude Francois, whose movie biography “My Way” was the opener at the 2012 COL•COA! After the credits rolled, writer/producer/director Edward Zwick (Defiance, The Last Samurai, The Siege) moderated a bilingual Q&A session.