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French Films on the Green

Raphael Gibert

NEW YORK, MAY 31st, 2017 — This year marks the 10th anniversary of Films on the Green, the yearly and free outdoor French film festival produced by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks.

Showcasing everything from classic to contemporary French films, Films on the Green travels from park to park in New York City, bringing the art of French cinema to the public.

Launched in small community gardens of lower Manhattan back in 2008, Films on the Green now holds free screenings in French with English subtitles at parks throughout the city, from Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Washington Square Park, to Upper ManhattanYou just have to pack a  blanket along with your favorite drink and picnic for a night of enchanting movies on the luscious lawns of NYC.

In its landmark 10th year, Films on the Green will present French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.

Kicking off the Festival on June 2nd, each curator has selected a film that has in some way deeply influenced them or their work. The comedian and actress Wanda Sykes will share her “love [of] satire and stories with strong female leads” by presenting Francois Ozon's lighthearted comedy, Potiche (Trophy Wife) in Central Park.

Then, from classics like François Truffaut’s The Wild Child, a favorite of director James Ivory who thinks the film “brings out […] all the classic values of the best French art,” to the French-Senegalese drama Tey (Today) by Alain Gomis, selected by poet and performer Saul Williams, who stars this movie, the chosen features will reflect the diversity of perspectives of the curators who chose them.

A few nocturnal sessions caught FRENCH WINK's attention:

Catherine Deneuve - "Potiche", François OZON

Catherine Deneuve - "Potiche", François OZON

  • Our Coup-de-cœur : June 2 – 8:30pm – Central Park (79th St & Fifth Ave) – “Potiche”, François Ozon, selected by Wanda Sykes.
  • June 9 – 8:30pm – Washington Sq. Park – “Aujourd’hui” (“Tey”) Alain Gomis, selected by Saul Williams
  • June 16 – 8:30pm – Washington Sq. Park – “La Traversée de Paris” , Claude Autant-Lara, selected by Amy Hargreaves

  • Sept 7– 8:30pm – Columbia University (at 116th St) “L’enfant sauvage” (“The Wild Child”)  François Truffaut, selected by James Ivory.

Enjoy your summer evening with French cinema until September 2nd.

More about Films on the Green 2017