In normal times, the summer months were all about the blockbuster movie releases that we got us through the winter. Sure, that is back in some capacity with the release of Black Widow this past weekend and the relative success that it had bringing us close to pre-pandemic life. We’re definitely excited about that but with the streaming option available, we feel like it loses something. Maybe it’s the human touch or maybe it’s the fact that we’re an event company and driven off enjoying the arts with other people around us. Lucky for us, we’re in New York. That is good because we’re resilient and bounce back quickly and because summer brings our lots of movies to watch outdoors.

There is something special and New York about being outdoors and watching a movie. Most of the times, it’s a film that we’ve already seen a dozen times but the fact that we’re outdoors, under the stars and amongst other New Yorkers makes it extremely special and memorable.  We mentioned how this is New York and how we’re very lucky to have the arts and culture that we have all on one island. What if we threw in an international component?  We cannot wait.

This free outdoor French film festival is here with the theme, “Music and Cinema,” from July 9 to 30. Don’t miss screenings planned at four Manhattan Parks that include films that illustrate the diversity of French and Francophone cinema and feature movies from Tunisia (Satin Rouge), Japan (Interstella 5555), Brazil (Black Orpheus), and Spain (Vengo). From July 9 to 30, Films on the Green is bringing a world music tour to the New York City area in connection with the screenings.

Below is the schedule:

July 9 at (Virtual Cinema only): La Boum by Claude Pinoteau
July 12 (Virtual Cinema only): Elevator to the Gallows by Louis Malle
July 16 at Washington Square Park: Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem by Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, Leiji Matsumoto, Kazuhisa Takenouchi
July 19 (Virtual Cinema only): Chavela by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
July 21 (Virtual Cinema only): Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai by Christopher Kirkley
July 23 at Seward Park: Satin Rouge by Raja Amari
July 26 (Virtual Cinema only): Concert—Les Amazones d’Afrique
July 28 (Virtual Cinema only): Vengo by Tony Gatlif
July 30 at Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th St): Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus

All screenings will be subtitled in English, free and open to the public. Capacity and tickets availability will be limited due to COVID-19 safety and capacity guidelines. Screenings begin at 8:30pm.

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