If you have never been to Films on the Green during a summer at Washington Square Park, showcasing fab French films shown under the Arch, it is a must do in which the park acts as the perfect setting for a dynamic and engaging experience. If you have been, you know this already!
Films on the Green, a joint venture between the The Cultural Services Division of the French Embassy and the New York City Parks Department, is an annual summer event which happens every Friday rotating amongst parks within the city. The season began last Friday, May 29th, at Central Park.
Next stop tonight: Washington Square Park
Friday, June 5th, 8:30 p.m., Film: Caramel
Get a seat a bit early and enjoy music programmed by a DJ from WNYU, 89.1 FM, on the Fountain Plaza before the film.
Caramel is in French and Arabic with English subtitles.
About the film:
Caramel, the first feature film by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, was nominated for the Golden Camera of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Award. Labaki is also part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard selection jury.
In a colorful and sensual Beirut beauty salon, five women meet regularly to talk and confide in each other. Between haircuts and caramel sugar waxes, the friends share intimate stories about men, sex, motherhood, and their personal liberation.
In Caramel, Labaki weaves an intimate and honest tale of five female friends who meet frequently at a Beirut beauty salon to discuss their lives. From a Muslim bride-to-be, who fears that her husband will find out that she has already lost her virginity, to a woman waging a futile war against her lesbian instincts, the film reminds viewers that regardless of what society they live in, women confront similar struggles everywhere.
Next Friday, June 12th, 8:30 p.m. at Washington Square Park, another Films on the Green showing: Pépé le Moko by Julien Duvivier.
After that, the film screenings move on to Tompkins Square Park.