Films du vert: Free open-air French film festival
Produced each year in partnership with Face Foundation and NYC Parks, this year’s theme, “From Page to Screen,” highlights 12 diverse and world-class literary adaptations, coming to nine different parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn. from June 3 to September 9.
Films on the Green is produced nationally by the Villa Albertine, a new kind of cultural institution launched by the French government in the fall of 2021. With a team of 80 people deployed in 10 major American cities, the Villa Albertine produces major public events and accompanies hundreds of creators. and thinkers every year through grants, professional programs, and a new model of personalized artist residencies.
Programming of films 2022
Things of life June 3, Central Park
Based on the acclaimed novel by Paul Guimard, Les Choses de la vie begins the day after a violent car accident on a country highway. As the man, Pierre, lies in a semi-conscious stupor, his life flashes before his eyes, particularly his complex entanglement with two very different women: his devoted, patient wife and his adoring, free-spirited lover.
The Summit of the Gods (The Summit of the Gods) June 10, Washington Square Park
Were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to climb Everest on June 8, 1924? Only the small Kodak VPK camera they took with them could reveal the truth. In Kathmandu, 70 years later, a young Japanese reporter named Fukamachi recognizes the camera in the hands of the mysterious Habu Jôji, an outcast mountaineer who was thought to have disappeared years ago. Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive mountaineers eager for impossible conquests on a journey that leads him step by step to the summit of the gods.
Band of Outsiders June 17, Washington Square Park
Franz and Arthur have no money, jobs, or prospects, but they do have a black convertible and a shared romantic interest in Odile. When Odile lets slip that a reserve of money is inadvertently hidden in the isolated villa where she lives, the men hatch a plan to seize it.
The Captain (Captain Blood) June 24, Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
France, 1616. King Louis XIII is 15 years old and his mother, Marie de Médicis, regent of the kingdom since the death of Henri IV, entrusts power to Concino Concini, a deceitful and ambitious man. After the assassination of his friend by Concini, the noble swordsman François de Capestan, known as “Le Capitan”, goes to the young sovereign to warn him of the multiple betrayals that threaten the King’s Court.
Don’t touch the Grisbi July 1, Tompkins Square Park
After successfully completing their “retirement job”, 50 million in gold bars, aging criminals Max and Henri think they can give up the game. But when Henri’s girlfriend tells drug dealer Angelo about the loot, violence breaks out. Angelo kidnaps the old crook and asks Max for the “grisbi” in ransom…
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress) July 8, Seward Park
In 1971 China, under the lingering grip of the Cultural Revolution, two university students are sent to a remote mountain village for re-education to purge them of their Western-oriented classical education. Amid the backbreaking work and suffocating ignorance of the community, the two boys find the music and the local tailor’s seamstress granddaughter to be the only pleasant things in their miserable lives. After discovering a secret cache of forbidden books, they set out to teach her things she had never imagined.
Fever rises in El Pao (Fever rises in El Pao) July 13, J. Hood Wright Park
When the warden of a prison on the remote Caribbean island of Ojeda is murdered, his secretary, Ramón Vasquez, assumes the role of acting governor until a replacement can be appointed. Vasquez, idealistic, takes advantage of this opportunity to improve the lot of the prisoners, and begins an affair with the widow of the former governor…
The Class (Between the walls) July 15, Seward Park
François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year in a Parisian high school. Armed with the best of intentions, they prepare not to let discouragement and difficulties in the classroom stop them from trying to give their students the best education. Neither stilted nor severe, François’ extravagant frankness often surprises students. But his class ethic and determination are tested when his students begin to challenge his methods…
Mandabi (postal money order) July 22, Riverside Park, Pier I
After the unemployed Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall spreads quickly among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans as he finds his attempts to cash in on the order stalled in a maze of bureaucracy. , and new troubles rain down on his head.
Delicacy (The Delicacy) July 29, Riverside Park, Pier I
Nathalie is a beautiful, happy, and successful Parisian business executive who suddenly finds herself widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work much to the dismay of her friends and family. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love are reignited by a most unlikely source, her unexceptional, clumsy, average-looking office subordinate, Markus.
The Velvet Queen (The Snow Panther) September 8, Columbia University
In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award winning wildlife photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson in his quest to document the infamous snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, following the animals and finding the patience to see the beasts. Throughout their journey, the two men wonder about humanity’s place among the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way.
Eleanor’s Secret (Kérity, the house of tales) September 9, McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
Nat has fond memories of his eccentric Aunt Eleanor reading to him from her huge collection of storybooks. But he is frustrated by his inability to read the books himself. He is less than thrilled when he learns that his aunt left him the keys to her attic library as a gift. However, as Nat’s parents sell the collection to an antique dealer, he discovers that the library is magical, and all the famous people come to life!