2013 Films on the Green Festival: 10 French films in 6 NYC parks, all FREE!

Jealousy, seduction, passion...
This year's Films on the Green explores the many facets of love "à la française"
with works by established and new French directors.

The festival, organized by the French Embassy and NYC Parks, will feature 10 French films in 6 different parks in the city. For the first time this year, Films on the Green will expand to Brooklyn with 2 screenings at the newly-opened WNYC Transmitter Park (Greenpoint). DJs from New York University’s radio station, WNYU, will spin tunes before screenings.

All events are FREE and open to the public. Films begin at sunset (8:30pm except Columbia at 7:30pm)
All films are in French with English subtitles.

Films on the Green will also engage the community online with contests and giveaways on its social media!  Follow #filmsonthegreen on





June 7 at Central Park, Cedar Hill: Mississippi Mermaid by Truffaut

June 14 at Washington Square Park: The Art of Love by Mouret

June 21 at Washington Square Park: French Cancan by Renoir

June 28 at Tompkins Square Park: Angel and Tony by Delaporte

July 5 at Tompkins Square Park: Heartbreaker by Chaumeil

July 12 at Riverside Park, Pier I: Marius and Jeannette by Guédiguian

July 19 at Riverside Park – Pier I: We Won’t Grow Old Together by Pialat

July 26 at Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): U by Solotareff & Elissalde

Aug. 2 at Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): A Summer’s Tale by Rohmer

Sept. 5 at Columbia University (at 116th St): Wild Reeds by Téchiné



By François Truffaut, 1969, Drama, Rated PG, 2h03,The Film Desk
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Bouquet

Louis Mahé is a wealthy plantation owner living on the tropical island of Reunion. His mail-order bride, Julie Roussel, looks nothing like the photo she sent him, but enraptured by her radiance, he marries her anyway. When she disappears without a trace Louis vows to find her no matter what the costs…

To watch the trailer, click here.


THE ART OF LOVE (L’ART D’AIMER) – New York Premiere
By Emmanuel Mouret, 2011, Comedy, Unrated, 1h22, Kinology
Starring François Cluzet, Julie Depardieu, Judith Godrèche, Ariane Ascaride, Frédérique Bel

This series of vignettes about “the little music we hear when we fall in love” follows five Parisian couples as they deflect, complicate, and accept love, coming to terms with their feelings in humorous and inventive ways…

To watch the trailer, click here.


By Jean Renoir, 1955, Musical, Unrated, 1h45, Janus Films
Starring Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, María Félix

During the Belle Epoque in Montmartre Henri Danglard runs a cabaret where Parisians come to admire the belly dancer Lola de Castro, his mistress. When Danglard has a vision of reviving the cancan, he is inspired to cast the young laundress Nini, instead of Lola. Jealousies arise as he attempts to bring his show to the Moulin Rouge.

To watch the trailer, click here.

By Alix Delaporte, 2010, Drama, Unrated, 1h27, Pyramide International
Starring Clotilde Hesme, Gregory Gadebois

Tony, a fisherman in a small harbor in Normandy, crosses paths with Angèle, a beautiful but emotionally stunted woman with a dark past. Angèle knows nothing about love and her attempts to seduce Tony are met with rebuttal. He cannot believe that she will be there for him.

To watch the trailer, click here.

By Pascal Chaumeil, 2010, Comedy, Unrated, 1h44, IFC Films
Starring Vanessa Paradis, Romain Duris, François Damiens

Alex is a professional heartbreaker who, for a handsome fee, can turn any husband, fiancé or boyfriend into an ex. His newest target is Juliette, a beautiful heiress who is set to marry the man of her dreams. Alex has been hired by her father to carry out his most daring seduction yet. The problem is, he only has 10 days to do it…

To watch the trailer, click here.


By Robert Guédiguian, 1997, Romance, Rated PG, 1h45, Films Distribution
Starring Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Jeannette, a single mother of two, works as a supermarket cashier, barely eking out a living for her family. Marius is the lone security guard for an abandoned cement factory. The two meet there when Marius catches Jeannette stealing cans of paint. Somewhat awkwardly, their affection develops...

To watch the trailer, click here.


By Maurice Pialat, 1972, Drama, Unrated, 1h47, The Film Desk
Starring Jean Yanne, Marlène Jobert

Jean is an unpleasant, domineering man. Though he still lives with his wife, their marriage has been over for quite some time. All the while, he has been having an affair with the much-younger Catherine. The relationship is moving toward disintegration, and although Catherine resists it, alternating recriminations and reconciliations hasten their inevitable breakup.

To watch the trailer, click here.

By Grégoire Solotareff & Serge Elissalde, 2006, Animation, Unrated, Age 6 & up, 1h15, Institut Français
With the voices of Isild Le Besco, Vahina Giocante, Bernadette Lafont, Sanseverino
Presented in partnership with the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn

Mona is a princess who lives a lonely existence in a dilapidated castle by the sea. She is cruelly mistreated by a pair of rats until a unicorn named U appears to protect her. In time Mona grows to be a very beautiful girl. One day a troupe of travelling and noisy musicians, the Wéwés, settle in the nearby forest, and among them, the charmer Kulka.

To watch the trailer, click here.

By Eric Rohmer, 1996, Romance, Rated G, 1h53, Les Films du Losange
Starring Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon, Aurélia Nolin, Aimé Lefèvre
Presented in partnership with the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn

While Gaspard waits for his girlfriend Léna to join him for the summer holidays in Brittany, he meets Margot, a young waitress. Although he and Margot spend a great deal of time together, Gaspard is introduced to another young woman, the seductive Solène. Gaspard finds himself juggling the two women until Léna suddenly appears.

To watch the trailer, click here.

By André Téchiné, 1994, Drama, Unrated, 1h50, Rialto Pictures
Starring Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, Frédéric Gorny
Films on the Green @Columbia is presented in partnership with the Columbia Maison Française

In 1962, four friends encounter their own sexual awakening through pop music and movies, at the end of the Algerian War. François maintains his affinity for Maïté while becoming attracted to his working-class roommate Serge. Serge is competing for Maïté along with the radically-politicized Henri. Political passions mingle with passionate love…

To watch the trailer, click here.



Films on the Green is made possible thanks to the generous support of
- our Official Sponsors, Air FranceBNP Paribas, Midi-Pyrénées Tourist Board & Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency and TV5 Monde;
- our Supporters, Scene Magazine and WNYU;
- and our Friends, Columbia Maison Française, FACE, Green Mountain Energy and OSANB

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Comment by Muriel Saldalamacchia on April 4, 2014 at 10:34am

Marius & Jeannette is one of my favorite film ! And, surely THE BEST film of real Marseille way of behave . Such a good program ! Congratulations

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