Celebrate Sports and French Cinema with Films on the Green!

Films on the Green is back for its 16th edition, presenting a lineup of free screenings across New York City parks from May 31 to September 6, 2024. This year, the festival is exploring the thrilling intersection of sports and cinema, showcasing 11 captivating films that embody the spirit of athleticism, competition, and triumph. From soccer to swimming and tennis to cycling, join Films on the Green for an unforgettable summer of cinematic excitement under the stars! 


Free and open to the public. All films are shown with English subtitles. Screenings begin at 8:30PM. 
Registration is recommended but not required.
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2024 Film Schedule


Sink or Swim (Le Grand Bain)
May 31, 2024 | Central Park – Cedar Hill
In their local swimming pool, Bertrand, Marcus, Simon, and their comrades—men in their forties teetering on the brink of mid-life crises—gather under the somewhat stern guidance of Delphine, a former swimming champion. Together, they embark on an unconventional journey: mastering synchronized swimming, a discipline predominantly associated with women. Despite facing skepticism and ridicule from their peers, this audacious challenge becomes a beacon of purpose in their lives. 


Final Set (5ème Set)
June 7, 2024 | Washington Square Park
Once hailed as a young tennis prodigy, Thomas' dreams of a successful career in the sport never fully materialized. Now, at 37, he resolves to make a comeback at the prestigious French Open in Rolland Garros, despite his declining physical fitness and a shattered knee. Defying the warnings from his wife Eve and mother Judith, Thomas persists, confronting his inner demons and navigating the fiercely competitive qualifying rounds to earn his place in the tournament. 


The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)
June 14, 2024 | Washington Square Park
Summer 1946. The Cousteau family—Jacques, his wife Simone, and their two children Philippe and Jean-Michel—reside in their beautiful house by the Mediterranean Sea. By day they dive, exploring the depths of the ocean, while by night they watch the stars. It's paradise on Earth. But Jacques is never content. He longs to explore the world beneath the sea and believes in the virtues of progress. With his invention, the Aqualung, his recently acquired vessel, the Calypso, and a crew of free-spirited adventurers led by his wife, Jacques is ready to delve where no man has been before... 


My Donkey, My Lover & I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes)
June 21, 2024 | WNYC Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
Antoinette, a dedicated schoolteacher, eagerly awaits her summer holiday with Vladimir, her married lover, and the father of one of her students. But when Vladimir cancels due to a surprise hiking trip planned by his wife in the Cévennes National Park, Antoinette's disappointment turns into determination. Following in their footsteps, she sets off on an adventure, with an unlikely companion, a protective donkey named Patrick, by her side. 


The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes de Belleville)
June 28, 2024 | J. Hood Wright Park
Champion, a melancholy boy adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, discovers his passion for cycling. Under her guidance, he trains relentlessly, becoming a cycling prodigy. When he competes in the Tour de France, he's kidnapped by two mysterious men. Determined to rescue him, Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno embark on a journey to find him, leading them to the bustling city of Belleville. 


July 5, 2024 | Seward Park
Marinette Pichon has soccer in her blood. Raised by a courageous mother who had to cope with a violent husband, she overcomes difficulties and forges an unfailing determination. While juggling odd jobs with her sporting career, she is selected for the French national team and then spotted by a major American club. And so, Marinette sets off for the United States with her mother, to pursue her dream of becoming the best player in the world. 


Air of Paris (L’Air de Paris)
July 12, 2024 | Seward Park
In 1954 Paris, Victor Le Garrec, a retired boxer, pours his unfulfilled dreams into training young talents at his gym. His hopes soar when he spots potential in André Ménard, a railway worker. Offering to mentor him, Victor faces resistance from his wife, Blanche. Meanwhile, André becomes entangled in a passionate affair with Corinne, a wealthy woman, diverting his focus from training. As his heart and ambitions clash, André must weigh his love against his boxing aspirations. 


Les Cinq Tulipes Rouges (Five Red Tulips)
July 19, 2024 | Riverside Park – Pier I
A police investigator named Colonelle and Commissaire Honoré Ricoul team up to unravel the mystery behind five murders during the 1948 Tour de France. Each victim, a champion wearing the yellow jersey, is found with a red tulip—the killer's chilling signature—by their side. Colonelle and Ricoul must race against time to stop the elusive killer before they strike again. 


The Golden Ball (Le Ballon d’or)
July 26, 2024 | Riverside Park – Pier I
In the heart of Guinea, 12-year-old Bandian, known as "Turbo Makono" for his lightning speed, dreams of soccer stardom. Gifted a genuine leather ball by a visiting French doctor, Bandian's journey kicks off as he flees to Conakry, the capital. There, his remarkable talent catches the eye of scouts, propelling him onto the national team. With his eyes set on the horizon, Bandian is determined to chase his soccer dreams to the fullest. 


Ride Above (Tempête)
September 5, 2024 (TBD) | Columbia University – Low Plaza
Raised among horses on her parents' stud farm, Zoé dreams of becoming a jockey. She finds pure joy in riding, especially with Belle-Intrigante, the prized mare. With the birth of Tempête, Zoé sees her chance to become a champion. However, tragedy strikes when Tempête accidentally injures Zoé, leaving her unable to walk. Now facing her darkest moment, Zoé must summon the strength to turn her shattered dreams into a triumphant reality. 


Racetime (La Course des Tuques)
September 6, 2024 | Msgr. McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
Frankie-Four-Eyes and Zac, the new kid on the block, go head-to-head in a traditional sled race through the village. When Frankie loses miserably due to a fault with his supercar, he is convinced that his opponent has cheated and is determined to prove it. When Zac challenges him to a rematch with high stakes, Frankie must confront his pride and overcome betrayal to emerge victorious. In a race that goes beyond sleds and snow, Frankie learns the true meaning of going beyond oneself. 



Films on the Green Festival is produced by Villa Albertine, The French Embassy, and Albertine Foundation.

OFFICIAL SPONSORS: BNP Paribas, JCDecaux, The Louis Roederer Foundation, and TV5MONDE

FESTIVAL FRIENDS: agnes b., The Columbia Maison Francaise, The Quebec Government Office in New York, Maman NYC, Nine Orchard, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, The Seward Park Conservancy, Summer on the Hudson, The Washington Square Park Conservancy.

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