This year, students and teachers are invited to attend two Master classes at COLCOA (Free of charge):


Tuesday April 22

TRUFFAUT Theater - 1:00 pm

Screening of SUZANNE 

Followed by a master class with writer/director Katell Quillévéré (end at 3:40 pm)


Although this is only the second feature of writer/director Katell Quillévéré, she has already established herself among the best of a new generation of French female filmmakers. Along with her first feature, Love Like Poison (COLCOA 2011), which bagged a prestigious Jean Vigo Prize in 2010, Quillévéré’s films turn a lyrical eye toward the consequences of separation, loss, and abandonment. In a recent interview, Quillévéré said that the unorthodox structure of Suzanne was inspired by American biopics. It was her goal at the outset to “construct a biopic of someone unknown.” Opening film of the Critic’s Week competition in Cannes last year, the film harvested five César nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actor, and Best Screenplay. For her role as Suzanne’s long-abiding sister, Adèle Haenel was awarded the Best Supporting Actress César. The film’s producer, Bruno Lévy, is the subject of the COLCOA 2014 Focus on a Producer.


Wednesday April 23

TRUFFAUT Theater - 1:00 pm


Followed by a master class with writer/director Oscar-winner Claude Lelouch and writer Valerie Perrin (end at 3:40 pm)


Living legend, writer/director Claude Lelouch said that his new film is about a man arriving at the point of his life where he has a new appreciation for things, because he is experiencing them for the last time, strong words for a man who, after forty-four films, has experienced a great deal. Starting out as a film journalist, Lelouch scored a worldwide hit with A Man and a Woman (1966), which not only won the Palme d’Or, and Oscars for Best Screenplay (shared with Pierre Uytterhoeven) and Best Foreign Film, but also became an iconic soundtrack of the sixties. Although he was now the most famous filmmaker of a generation, he was also self-taught, and his earnest, sentimental films left the serious critics of Cahiers du cinéma scratching their collective heads. Audiences didn’t mind, nor did Lelouch, as he notched such hits as Les Misérables (1995), a re-interpretation set in Nazi-occupied France, and the more recent thriller Roman de gare (COLCOA 2008). With a new film already in the works, Claude Lelouch shows no sign that audiences will be experiencing his work for the last time, anytime soon.





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 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 us their name and school information at


Students can also buy tickets on site or on at the reduced price of $3 for all COLCOA screenings, from Tuesday 4/22 to Sunday 4/27.




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


◦    (NEW!) Enjoy a full day at COLCOA: Students attending a master class will be offered complementary tickets for same day screenings at the festival! (Depending on availability)


◦    (NEW!) When attending a master class teachers and students can win a pass to Laemmle theaters, courtesy of Laemmle theaters.



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