American French Film Fest 2022: Notre-Dame on Fire, Opening Night

Annaud’s ‘Notre-Dame on Fire’ to Open American French Film Festival

Dominik Moll’s cold-case thriller ‘The Night of the 12th’ will close the 26th edition, set to run Oct. 10-16 in Los Angeles.


Annaud, who will attend the festival, is bringing his latest film, which re-creates the events of April 15, 2019, when the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire, prompting heroic rescue of the celebrated church.

The festival, formerly called COLCOA, will close October 16 with Dominik Moll’s thriller The Night of the 12th screening at DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

The American French Film Festival will dedicate its annual Focus on a Filmmaker spotlight to Moll.

It will close with Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas’ HBO remake of his 1996 film.

“This selection of French films in competition for the American French Film Festival Awards underscores, despite the two-year pandemic period, the astounding dynamism of the French production community,” Francois Truffart, fest executive producer and programmer, said in a statement.

Other titles during the French film showcase from Oct. 10 to 16 include world premiere for Kevin Ossona and Fabrice Garcon’s Blazing Neon and American premieres of Celine Devaux’s Everybody Loves Jeanne, Olivier Peyon’s Lie With Me, Lauriane Escaffre and Yvonnick Muller’s Maria Into Life, Clement Cogitore’s Son of Ramses and Salah Issaad’s Soula.

There’s also North American first looks for Mathieu Gérault’s South Sentinel; Louis Garrel’s The Innocent; and Olivier Ducray and Wilfried Méance’s Two of Kind; and North American theatrical premiere of Netflix’s epic Athena, written and directed by Romain Gavras.