Bon appetit! The menu of this year’s Films on the Green will have you drooling. The 2018 edition of the open-air New York French film festival is dedicated to French gastronomy, with twelve films exploring the links between French culture and cuisine. Throughout the summer, from June 1st to September 6th, the films will be screened in various New York parks for an evening cinematic showing.
Presented by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the summer of cinéma will begin in Central Park (at Cedar Hill) with “Le Grand Restaurant” with Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, and Maria-Rosa Rodriguez. In this 1966 classic, a South American head of state disappears from a restaurant, and the boss becomes the main suspect. The schedule also includes the French-Vietnamese co-production “L’odeur de la papaye verte” (June 8, Washington Square Park), “Garçon!” by Claude Sautet with Yves Montand (June 29, Transmitter Park), “Les Saveurs du Palais” with Catherine Frot and Jean d’Ormesson about being the head chef at the Elysée Palace (July 27, Riverside Park Pier I) and “le Fils de l’épicier” as the closing film (September 6, Low Memorial Library at Columbia University).
All screenings are free and start at 8:30pm, except for the last film on September 6 which begins at 7:30pm.
The full program:
“Le Grand Restaurant” – June 1 in Central Park, Cedar Hill
“L’odeur de la papaye verte” (The Scent of Green Papaya) – June 8 in Washington Square Park
“La règle du jeu” (The Rules of the Game) – June 15 in Washington Square Park
“La Bûche” (The Log) – June 22 in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint
“Garçon!” – June 29 in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint
“Le Boucher” (The Butcher) – July 6 in Tompkins Square Park
“El Discreto Encanto de la burguesía” (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) – July 11 in J. Hood Wright Park
“Les Émotifs anonymes” (Romantics Anonymous) – July 13 in Tompkins Square Park
“Tu seras mon fils” (You Will Be My Son) – July 20 in Riverside Park Pier I
“Les Saveurs du Palais” (Haute Cuisine) – July 27 in Riverside Park Pier I
“Peau d’âne” (Donkey Skin) – September 1 at the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center in Fort Lee, NJ
“Le Fils de l’épicier” (The Grocer’s Son) – September 6 at Columbia University, Rotunda, Low Memorial Library