What you’ve been waiting for … the annual free French Films on the Green arrive at Washington Square Park for two Fridays: June 9th and 16th. ‘Green,’ of course, being at the park with the films shown just under the Arch, seating on the Fountain Plaza. Films on the Green are presented in New York City parks throughout the city from June 2nd to September 7th. Films on the Green is being presented by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks.
This year at Washington Square Park: Friday June 9th, Tey will be featured, and Friday, June 16th, La Traversée de Paris.
Films begin around 8:30 p.m.
About Films on the Green:
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.
Details about films at Washington Square Park:
Friday, June 9, 8:30 pm
By Alain Gomis, 2013, France-Senegal, 1h26 , starring Saul Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Anisia Uzeyman
Directed by Alain Gomis
with Saul Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Anisia Uzeyman, Djolof Mbengue
2013 | Drama | 1h26 | France-Senegal | BelleMoon Productions/Cinémathèque Afrique – Institut français
Today is the last day of Satché’s life. Though he is strong and healthy, he knows this to be true. Walking through the streets of his home town in Senegal, Satché takes in the sites of his past as if he were looking at them for the last time: his parents’ house, his first love, his friends, his wife and children. He greets these final moments with great fear but also with a sense of joy.
Film selected by poet and performer Saul Williams – who will appear in person.
Friday, June 16, 8:30 pm
La Traversée de Paris
By Claude Autant-Lara, 1956, 1h20, starring Jean Gabin, Bourvil and Louis de Funès
Film selected by actress Amy Hargreaves (13 Reasons Why, Homeland)
Directed by Claude Autant-Lara
With Bourvil, Jean Gabin, Louis de Funès
1956 | Comedy | 1h20 | France | Rialto Pictures
Two unlikely companions, the straight-laced Martin and the bombastic Grandgil, must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris. While Martin tries to make it through efficiently, Grandgil seems to create, and then surmount, obstacles for the fun of it.
Films are subtitled in English.
More information: Films on the Green 2017