To kick off the 10th anniversary edition of Films on the Green, American comedian, writer, and actress, Wanda Sykes, guest curator for the opening screening, has selected the comedy Potiche (Trophy Wife) by François Ozon (2010). She will introduce the film on Friday, June 2 at Central Park.
Potiche takes place in 1977, a time when women's emancipation was a much-debated issue in French society. The protagonist, Suzanne, is a self-effacing, elegant housewife of a wealthy industrialist. However, when some workers go on strike and take her husband hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone's surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action, and progressively gains her full independence.
Directed by François Ozon (Frantz, Swimming Pool, 8 Women), the movie stars Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godrèche, and Jérémie Renier.
The film will be shown in French with English subtitles.