Films on the Green 2022

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2022 Films on the Green Festival

2022 Films on the Green Festival

June 3 - September 9, 2022
This year’s edition of Films on the Green, with the theme "From Page to Screen," spotlights 12 diverse and world-class literary adaptations, coming to 9 different parks across Manhattan and Brooklyn from June 3 to September 9.

We are thrilled to bring back Films on the Green this summer with an exciting lineup of international cinema and a new and vibrant visual identity inspired by movie theaters and electrifying city nightlife.

 

In France, one in five films is a literary adaptation, so this year’s Films on the Green selection is truly the best of the best. For a behind-the-scenes perspective, New Yorkers may want to grab one or more of the books—but whether or not you’ve read the original, each film is an entertaining and thought-provoking approach to the challenge of adaptation.”
—Gaëtan Bruel, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the US and Director of Villa Albertine

 

Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by Villa Albertine, the French Embassy, FACE Foundation, and NYC Parks. We would like to thank all our 2022 sponsors (listed below) and partners, as well as Nora Coblence, Frederic Weiss, and Pommery.

Free and open to the public (no ticket needed)
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2022 Film Schedule

Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli in movie The Things of Life

Les Choses de la vie (The Things of Life)

Based on the acclaimed novel by Paul Guimard, Les Choses de la vie begins in the aftermath of a violent car crash along a rural motorway. As the man, Pierre, lies in a semi-conscious stupor, his life flashes before his eyes—specifically, his complex entanglement with two quite different women: his dutiful, long-suffering wife and his adoring, free-spirited lover. 
A man and woman in helmets and climbing gear sit in front of a rock face and drink out of mugs in this still from animated film The Summit of the Gods.

The Summit of the Gods (Le Sommet des dieux)

Were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Everest on June 8th, 1924? Only the little Kodak VPK camera they took with them might reveal the truth. In Kathmandu, 70 years later, a young Japanese reporter named Fukamachi recognizes the camera in the hands of the mysterious Habu Jôji, an outcast climber believed missing for years. Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive mountaineers hungry for impossible conquests on a journey that leads him, step by step, towards the summit of the gods. 
Anna Karina in French movie Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)

Franz and Arthur don’t have money, jobs, or prospects, but they do have a black convertible and a shared romantic interest in Odile. When Odile lets slip that a stash of cash is ineptly hidden in the isolated villa where she lives, the men hatch a plan to take it for themselves. 
Jean Marais and Elsa Martinelli in the French movie Le Capitan

Le Capitan (Captain Blood)

France, 1616. King Louis XIII is 15 and his mother, Marie of Medicis, regent of the kingdom since the death of Henri IV, entrusts power to Concino Concini, a deceitful and ambitious man. After the assassination of his friend by Concini, noble swordsman Francois de Capestan, known as “Le Capitan,” goes to the young sovereign to warn him of the multiple betrayals that threaten the King’s Court.  
Jeanne Moreau and Lino Ventura in the French movie Touchez pas au grisbi

Touchez pas au Grisbi

After pulling off their "retirement job," 50 million in gold bars, aging criminals Max and Henri think they can give up the game. But when Henri's girlfriend tells the drug dealer Angelo about the loot, violence erupts. Angelo kidnaps the old crook and asks Max for the “grisbi” as ransom... 
Image from the film Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress (Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise)

In 1971 China, in the lingering grip of the cultural revolution, two university students are sent to a remote mountain village for re-education to purge them of their classical western-oriented education. Amid the backbreaking work and stifling ignorance of the community, the two boys find that music, and the local tailor’s seamstress granddaughter are the only pleasant things in their miserable life. After discovering a secret cache of forbidden books, they set about teaching her things she had never imagined. 
Maria Félix and Gérard Philippe in La Fièvre monte à El Pao

Fever Mounts at El Pao (la Fièvre monte à El Pao)

When the governor of a prison on the remote Caribbean Island Ojeda is assassinated, his secretary, Ramón Vasquez, assumes the role of acting governor until a replacement can be appointed. Vasquez, an idealist, exploits this opportunity to improve the lot of the prisoners, and to start an affair with the former governor’s widow... 
Students in classroom in French movie The Class

The Class (Entre les murs)

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... 
Film Mandabi (The Money Order)

Mandabi (The Money Order) 

After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans while he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head.
Audrey Tautou in Delicacy

Delicacy (La Délicatesse)

Nathalie is a beautiful, happy, and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends and family. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her unexceptional, gauche, and average looking office subordinate, Markus.  
Winter setp up / The Velvet Queen

The Velvet Queen (La Panthère des neiges)

In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. Through their journey, the two men ponder humankind’s place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way. 
Cartoon characters

Eleanor’s Secret (Kérity, la maison des contes)

Nat has fond memories of his eccentric Aunt Eleanor reading to him from her enormous collection of storybooks. But he is frustrated by his inability to read the books himself. He is less than thrilled when he learns that his aunt has left him the keys to her attic library as a gift. Yet, just as Nat’s parents are selling the collection to an antique dealer, he discovers that the library is magical, and all the famous characters come to life! 

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FACE Foundation

The French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation is a US non-profit organization that promotes French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects, in cooperation with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. It coordinates support for programs in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, music, film, translation, and secondary and higher education. 

 

FACE Foundation is Villa Albertine’s main partner in the US.   

 

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BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach that has a presence in 65 countries, with approximately 190,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main fields of activity: Commercial, Personal Banking & Services; Investment & Protection Services; and Corporate & Institutional Banking.  Based on its strong diversified and integrated model, the Group helps all its clients to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance.  In the US, BNP Paribas has built a strong and diversified presence to support its client base.  
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JCDecaux

JCDecaux operates coordinated street furniture franchises in major cities across the U.S., including here in New York. It is continuously working to connect information to stakeholders and identify municipal innovations to enhance the livability and sustainability of streetscapes. A member of the JCDecaux Group, the number one outdoor advertising company in the world, which through its three business segments – street furniture, transport and billboard, has engaged in a virtuous, sustainable business model since its founding in 1964.
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TV5MONDE is a global French language entertainment network that showcases premium films and programs from across the world. With more than 1.5 million viewers nationwide in the USA, TV5MONDE is a renowned leader in French language entertainment. 

 

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agnès b.

agnès b. is a privately owned, family operated company based in Paris that was founded by the designer in 1976. Today, the company operates 206 stores worldwide, a contemporary art center in Paris, four gallery boutiques, and publishes the hybrid art periodical Point d'Ironie
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Columbia Maison Française

For more than a century, the Columbia Maison Française has been a leader in fostering intellectual and cultural exchange between the United States and France, Europe, and the French-speaking world. The rich program of events at the Maison Française generates debate, spotlights original scholarship, promotes exchange across disciplines at Columbia and beyond, and contributes to international and cross-cultural understanding in an increasingly global world. 
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maman

maman is a French café and lifestyle brand, offering baked goods, coffee, fresh breakfast, and lunch options, as well as hosting intimate events and brand partnerships. in 2021, maman founders released the highly anticipated maman: The Cookbook.
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Mexican Cultural Institute of New York

The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York is committed to generating awareness of the richness, dynamism and cultural diversity of Mexico as a plural and creative nation. It supports and develops programs that foster a better understanding of Mexico through the promotion of its arts and culture. 
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North Brooklyn Parks Alliance

The North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (NBK Parks) was formed in 2003 as the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) to raise private funds to expand and improve open space in North Brooklyn. Throughout its history, NBK Parks has been focused on capital projects and the maintenance of parks, while also acting as a grassroots community-building and advocacy organization. 
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Washington Square Park Conservancy

The Washington Square Park Conservancy is a not for profit organization working with NYC Parks and neighborhood groups to ensure that Washington Square Park continues as a diverse and historical urban green space through engaging volunteers and raising funds to help keep the park clean, safe and beautiful.
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