As much as I love New York, sometimes I do miss France. Mostly, I miss speaking French and hearing French. My solution at those times is to watch a French film–I recently found out Netflix Instant Watch has a pretty decent collection of them.
This year I am spending my first summer in New York and needless to say, I had a little bit of a freak-out just as the semester ended and I realized I wasn’t going to be home until August. Then I stumbled across information about Films on the Green, a summer film festival taking place in New York City parks. Perfect. On top of that, the theme this year is summer vacation. My guest on the show, Antonin Baudry, the cultural counsellor of the French Embassy in the US, says the festival is meant to give the audience a sense of what spending a summer in France is like. Now I definitely have somewhere to go if I feel homesick in the next few months.
Here is the schedule:
June 3: Central Park – Cedar Hill (79th St & 5th Ave)
The Swimming Pool – La Piscine by Jacques Deray
June 10: Washington Square Park
Those Happy Days – Nos Jours Heureux by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
June 17: Washington Square Park
A Summer’s Tale – Conte d’été by Eric Rohmer
June 24: Tompkins Square Park
Contempt – Le Mépris by Jean-Luc Godard
July 1: Tompkins Square Park
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday – Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot by Jacques Tati
July 8: Riverside Park – Pier 1 (at 70th St)
Towards Zero – L’ Heure Zéro by Pascal Thomas
July 15: Riverside Park – Pier 1(at 70th St)
My Father’s Glory – La Gloire de Mon Père by Yves Robert
Sept. 8: Films on the Green @COLUMBIA University– Low Library Steps
Two Days in Paris – Deux Jours à Paris by Julie Delpy
For more information on Films on the Green, you can visit the website www.frenchculture.org. And as a special note for all the university students of this country, follow this next link to learn more about Tournées, if you can’t make it to New York City this summer but want to find out more about French culture.
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