Free French “Films on the Green” at Washington Square Park – June 8 & 15

Scent of Green Papaya

French “Films on the Green” Presented by Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the New York City Parks Department returns to Washington Square Park for two Fridays in June – June 8th and June 15th. Don’t miss these free films at the park !

In 2018, Films on the Green will explore the profound relationship between French culture and gastronomy: an integral part of France’s social fabric.


Friday, June 8 | 8:30 p.m.

THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA (L’odeur de la papaye verte)
Directed by Trần Anh Hùng, 1993, 1h44, France-Vietnam Drama
With Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Lu Man San, Truong Thi Loc

Presented in partnership with the Vietnam Heritage Center, The Scent of Green Papaya was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In ‘50s Saigon, 10-year-old Mui (Man San) enters household service for an affluent but troubled Vietnamese family. Despite her servile role, Mui discovers beauty and epiphany in the lush physical details that envelope her. She observes her new surroundings with trusting eyes, trying to remember every detail: the smell of the green papaya, the taste of the water, and the colors of fabrics sold by the lady of the house. But one day, the father disappears with the fortune of the household.

Film in Vietnamese with English subtitles


Friday, June 15 | 8:30 p.m.

THE RULES OF THE GAME (La règle du jeu)
Directed by Jean Renoir, 1939, 1h50 Comedy-Drama
With Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély, Marcel Dalio, Julien Carette, Roland Toutain

At la Colinière, the deceptively idyllic country estate of a wealthy Parisian aristocrat, a selection of society’s finest gather for a rural sojourn and hunting party. While the masters are gathered around sumptuous banquets, the servants imitate and mock them during meals at the office. Over the course of the weekend the haute bourgeoisie acquaintances reveal themselves to be absurdly, almost primitively, cruel and vapid.

Film in French with English subtitles


#FilmsOnTheGreen | Free French films in NYC Parks

FREE and open to the public


Films run in New York City Parks through September 6th.

See summer schedule for Films on the Green 2018 here.

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