The 2012 Films on the Green Festival will feature 8 classic and contemporary French films all adapted from French and American Literature. DJs from New York University’s radio station, WNYU 89.1 FM, will spin tunes before screenings.The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City of New York Parks & Recreation announce the return of its popular free outdoor series of French screenings. For the fifth consecutive year, Films on the Greenwill present French films in New York City parks in June and July, as well as a special screening at Columbia University in September.
The festival is made possible thanks to generous support of:
OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Air France, BNP Paribas and TV5 Monde
SUPPORTERS: Sandro and WNYU
FRIENDS: The New York Observer, FIAF, YELP and FACE.
SCHEDULE: FILMS ON THE GREEN FESTIVAL
Screenings at dusk / All films are in French with English Subtitles / FREE
June 1 - 8:30pm - OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies @ Central Park – Cedar Hill (79th St. & 5th Ave.)
June 8 - 8:30pm - The Snows of Kilimanjaro @ Washington Square Park
June 15 - 8:30pm - War of the Buttons @ Washington Square Park
June 22 - 8:30pm - The Axe @ Tompkins Square Park
June 29 - 8:30pm - Donkey Skin @ Tompkins Square Park
July 6 - 8:30pm - Tell No One @ Riverside Park – Pier I (at 70thSt)
July 13 - 8:30pm - Persepolis @ Riverside Park – Pier I (at 70thSt)
Sept 6 - 7:30pm - Jules and Jim @ Columbia University – Low Library Steps
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius,2006, France, Comedy/Adventure, Not rated, 99m
Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Aure Atika, Philippe Lefebvre
Based on OSS 117, a series of novels by Jean Bruce, Fleuve Noir, 1949-1963, France.
In 1955, following the death of agent OSS 283, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, agent OSS 117, is sent to Cairo to investigate and "secure the Middle East." The deposed King Farouk wants to reclaim his throne while a group of religious fanatics called the "Eagles of Kheops” are on the verge of a holy war. Then, a Soviet ship loaded with weapons mysteriously disappears...
Directed by Robert Guédiguian, 2011, France, Drama/Romance, Not rated, 107m
Starring Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Anais Demoustier
Based on the poem Les Pauvres Gens from La Légende des Siècles by Victor Hugo, Lévy et Hetzel, 1859, France. How Good are the Poor from The Legend of the Ages, published in the United States by Oxford University Press, 2004.
Despite losing his job, Michel lives happily with his wife Marie-Claire and their loving family and friends in Marseille. His happiness is shattered when he and his wife are robbed at gunpoint of their life savings by two mask-wearing thieves. The shock is even more devastating when they discover who the perpetuators are….
Directed by Yves Robert,1962, France, Comedy, Not Rated, 90m
Starring André Treton, Jacques Dufilho, Jean Richard
Based on the novel La Guerre des Boutons by Louis Pergaut, Editeur Mornay, 1912, France. War of the Buttons, published in the United Kingdom by Walker Publishing House, 1968.
With every new school year, children from the village of Longeverne quarrel with those from Velrans. One year, Braque and his friends come up with the idea of pulling the buttons off from their rivals’ clothes so that they will get punished by their parents. Inevitably, war breaks out between the two groups of kids...
Directed by Costa-Gavras,2005, France-Belgium-Spain, Drama/Thriller, Not Rated, 122m
Starring José Garcia, Karin Viard, Olivier Gourmet, Yolande Moreau
Based on the novel The Axby Donald Edwin Westlake, Mysterious Press, 1997, United States.
Bruno Davert, a business executive in a paper company, is fired when his company downsizes. Still jobless two years later, he is willing to do anything to get a job - even if it means killing his more qualified rivals…
Directed by Jacques Demy,1970, France, Fantasy/Musical, Not Rated, 90m
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Delphine Seyrig, Micheline Presle
Based on the fairy tale Peau d’Ane by Charles Perrault, Les Coignard, 1694, France. Donkeyskin, published in the United States by Echo Library, 2006.
The queen dies. Before her last breath, she makes her husband promise that he will only marry a woman more beautiful than herself. The king finds only one person that meets these conditions: the princess, his own daughter.
Directed by Guillaume Canet,2006, France, Drama/Thriller, Not Rated, 131m
Starring François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Nathalie Baye, Jean Rochefort
Based on the novel Tell No Oneby Harlan Coben, Dell Publishing, 2002, United States.
Alexandre Beck hasn’t gotten over the death of his wife, Margot, murdered eight years ago. While the memory of their relationship continues to haunt him, he receives an anonymous email with a link to an image of a crowd. In the image he sees a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Margot… Is she still alive?
Directed by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud,2007, France-USA, Animation/Drama, Rated PG-13, 95m
With the voices of Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian
Based on the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, L’Association, 2000, France. Persepolis, published in the United States by Random House, 2005.
A coming-of-age story told through the eyes of Marjane, a young Iranian girl growing up in Tehran and Vienna. She avidly follows the events that lead to the Iranian revolution and the downfall of the Shah's regime. With the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Marjane comes to see herself as a revolutionary…
Directed by François Truffaut,1962, France, Drama/Romance, Not Rated, 105m
Starring Jeanne Moreau, Oscar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino
Based on the novel Jules et Jim by Henri-Pierre Roché, Gallimard, 1979, France. Jules and Jim, published in the United States by Marion Boyars, 2000.
Jules and Jim are inseparable friends who come to meet the free-spirited and capricious Catherine. The three become instant companions, determined to live their lives to the fullest despite the war around them. When Jules declares his love for Catherine, Jim agrees to let Jules pursue her, despite his own feelings…
Films on the Green @ Columbia is organized in partnership with The Maison Française of Columbia University