Films on the Green is returning this summer with a special hybrid edition and an exciting lineup of international cinema.
The festival’s 13th edition, which will be screened in parks––and online for the first time!—is centered on the theme of “Music and Cinema.” Featuring tunes by legendary musicians from Daft Punk to Miles Davis, this year’s film lineup and the music it incorporates can each stand alone. From July 9 to 30, Films on the Green is bringing a world music tour to the New York City area with our screenings in Manhattan parks and the French Embassy’s virtual film screening platform!
Free and open to the public. All films are shown with English subtitles. Screenings begin at 8:30PM.
*In-person screenings will abide by all state and local regulations on large-scale outdoor events in regards to COVID-19 restrictions.
Friday July 9 | Central Park & Online
La Boum by Claude Pinoteau
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Vic is in love with one of her classmates, and to make her romantic daydreams a reality, she needs to make it to a house party, aka a "boum." But that means getting permission from her parents first...
Monday, July 12 | Online
Elevator to the Gallows by Louis Malle
Music by Miles Davis
Femme fatale Florence Carala and her lover Julien plan to murder her wealthy husband, and make it look like a suicide. But things don't go as planned... Louis Malle’s feature debut with a legendary jazz score by Miles Davis!
Friday July 16 | Washington Square Park & Online
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem by Leiji Matsumoto
Music by Daft Punk
An unscrupulous music executive and his lackey kidnap a blue-skinned alien techno band, rob them of their identities, pass them off as human, and foist them on an unsuspecting public on Earth. Daft Punk’s music meets Leiji Matsumoto’s designs!
Monday July 19 | Online
Chavela by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
Music performed by Chavela Vargas
Chavela is a captivating look at the unconventional life of Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame!
Wednesday July 21 | Online
Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai by Christopher Kirkley
Music by Mdou Moctar
The first ever Tuareg-language fictional film based on the legendary rock-u-drama “Purple Rain,” with stunning musical performances from real-life musician Mdou Moctar.
Friday July 23 | Seward Park & Online
Satin Rouge by Raja Amari
Music by Nawfel El Manaa
While investigating a suspected affair between her headstrong teenaged daughter and a cabaret musician, young widow Lilia becomes drawn to the lively and hidden nightlife of sensuous belly dancers. An unlikely journey of self-discovery.
Monday July 26 | Online
Concert: Les Amazones d'Afrique
Lineup: Amnaté Danté, Babani Koné, Doctor L, Joseph Palmer, Kandia Kouyaté, Llorenç Barcelo Rives, Mamadou Diakité, Mamani Keita, Maria Doumbia, Maria Koné, Rokia Koné
Les Amazones d’Afrique is a group that brings Malian women together around issues such as equality and freedom. With their powerful voices steeped in history and their instruments, they spread messages through music.
Wednesday July 28 | Online
Vengo by Tony Gatlif
Music by Tomatito, Sheikh Ahmad Al Tuni, La Caita, Gritos de Guerra, Remedios Silva Pisa, La Paquera de Jerez
After his brother murders a member of a rival gypsy clan and goes into hiding, Caco becomes the figurehead of his “family,” and tensions mount between the two clans... A majestic ode to the artistry of flamenco!
Friday July 30 | Riverside Park & Online
Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Luiz Bonfá
Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, on the run from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira.
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