This year’s focus is gastronomy, and every screening is a delicious treat.
In 2018, Films on the Green explores the relationship between French culture and its food and wine, which are an integral part of France’s social fabric.
The film festival features a dozen 12 classic and contemporary films, including one by famed director Jean Renoir.
Each film explores various aspects of this multifaceted theme, from cuisine as an art (Le Grand Restaurant by Jacques Besnard, Haute Cuisine by Christian Vincent) and wine making as a traditional family savoir-faire (You Will Be My Son by Gilles LeGrand), to the meal as a social event (a family Christmas gathering in La Bûche by Danièle Thompson).
Screenings begin at sunset, around 8:30pm, in a different Manhattan and Brooklyn park each week. Arrive by 7:45pm for a preferred spot.
Films on the Green dates, locations and scheduled films are as follows:
June 1 – Central Park:
- Le Grand Restaurant by Jacques Besnard
June 8- Washington Sq. Park:
- The Scent of Green Papaya by Trần Anh Hùng (in Vietnamese with English subtitles)
June 15 – Washington Sq. Park:
- The Rules of the Game by Jean Renoir
June 22 – Transmitter Park (Brooklyn):
- La Bûche by Danièle Thompson
June 29 – Transmitter Park (Brooklyn):
- Garçon! by Claude Sautet
July 6 – Tompkins Sq. Park:
- Le Boucher by Claude Chabrol
July 11 – J. Hood Wright Park:
- The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Buñuel (in French with Spanish subtitles)
July 13 – Tompkins Sq. Park:
- Romantics Anonymous by Jean-Pierre Améris
July 20 – Riverside Park, Pier I:
- You Will Be My Son by Gilles Legrand
July 27 – Riverside Park, Pier I:
- Haute Cuisine by Christian Vincent
Sept. 1 – Fort Lee Community Center:
- Donkey Skin by Jacques Demy
Sept. 6 – Columbia University:
- The Grocer’s Son by Eric Guirado