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Films on the Green Festival presents the free outdoor screening of THE CLASS (ENTRE LES MURS) which unanimously won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2008. The event will take place this Friday July 15 at 8:30pm in Seward Park! #FilmsontheGreen
DATE: Friday July 15, 2022 at 8:30pm
LOCATION: Seward Park, Canal St and Essex St, Lower East Side
Presented in partnership with the Seward Park Conservancy, 

Film in French with English subtitles
FREE and open to the public (no ticket needed)

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THE CLASS (Entre les murs) 
Directed by Laurent Cantet, 2008, PG-13, 2h08, France
With François Bégaudeau, Louise Grinberg, Esmeralda Ouertani, Boubacar Touré 

François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in Paris. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement and difficulties in the classroom stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Neither stuffy nor severe, François’ extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics and his resolve are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods... Based on the novel Entre les murs by François Bégaudeau (2006).


From June 3 to September 9, Films on the Green is bringing French and Francophone cinema to the New York City area with our free screenings in nine different Manhattan and Brooklyn parks. Highlighting movies based on literature, with the theme From Page to Screen, this year’s lineup includes 12 features that you can enjoy even if you haven't read the book!

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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month as we celebrate Earth Day and our beautiful planet?
Girl jumping with a cat in Paris

April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)
Directed by Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares, 2015, 1h45, PG / recommended for ages 9+

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance. 

Available on iTunes | GooglePlay | AmazonPrime | Vudu | YouTube | Redbox | Microsoft

animals in classroom

Ozie Boo! Save The Planet (Ozie Boo ! Protège ta planète)
Preschool TV show | Recommended for ages 2+

A soft and entertaining introduction to Ecology for the preschoolers, with the Ozie Boo Team and their friends, with an optimistic touch and high quality real world images. The Ozie Boo Team goes to school like all children around of the world… but their school is the Nature School. The “Ozie School”, built completely out of ice and ice cubes, with frozen benches and pristine desks, is the North Pole school where Nelly, Ned, Fred, Ted, Ed, our energetic and curious little penguins, ask the same questions all children ask, with four major themes: pollution, natural resources and climate, species in danger, and protection of the Planet.

Available on AmazonPrime | Roku Channel | YouTube Channel | Tivi5 Monde

Becoming Cousteau

Becoming Cousteau
By Liz Garbus, Documentary, 2021, 1h34, PG-13 / Recommended for ages 14+ (brief strong language, some disturbing images)

Adventurer, filmmaker, inventor, author, unlikely celebrity and conservationist: For over four decades, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his explorations under the ocean became synonymous with a love of science and the natural world. As he learned to protect the environment, he brought the whole world with him, sounding alarms more than 50 years ago about the warming seas and our planet’s vulnerability.

Available on Disney+ 

reindeers in snow

A Reindeer’s Journey (Aïlo : Une odyssée en Laponie)
Directed by Guillaume Maidatchevsky, 2018, 1h20, PG / recommended for ages 8+

Meet Ailo, a newborn reindeer who embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother. Narrated by Donald Southerland and set against the frozen majesty of northern Finland, their journey is an uplifting story for the whole family.

Available on Vudu | Tubi | GooglePlay | AmazonPrime | iTunes | Microsoft | FuboTV | Crackle | Plex | Redbox

A red turtle in the sea closed to a man

The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge)
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016, 1h20, PG, Belgium-France-Japan | recommended for ages 9+

This masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, he soon comes upon a young woman also lost at sea and they create a family together.

Available on Vudu | GooglePlay | AmazonPrime | YouTube | Microsoft | iTunes | Spectrum

a ladybug and black ant

Minuscule, Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule – La vallée des fourmis perdues)
Directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, 2013, 1h29, France-Belgium | Recommended for all ages

In a peaceful little valley, the remains of an abandoned picnic sparks warfare between two tribes of rival ants. At stake, a box of sugar. So when a bold young ladybug finds herself caught in the middle of the battle, she befriends one the black ants, Mandible, whom together must protect the anthill from the encroaching red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor.

Available on iTunes | AmazonPrime | YouTube | Microsoft | Vudu | GooglePlay

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