Outdoor French Movies Are Back in New York for the Summer

June 1 through September 6, the Films on the Green festival returns to New York City for its 11th year with 12 classic and contemporary films surrounding the topic of gastronomy in French culture, thanks to the productions of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation, and NYC Parks.

The free outdoor screenings begin at sunset, just in time to make you salivate about Parisian bistros and Southern French cuisine. All films have English subtitles, except for the July 11 screening of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie which is in French with Spanish subtitles.

The festival begins on June 1 with the French comedic icon Louis de Funès in Le Grand Restaurant (The Big Restaurant), as he is suspected of killing a South American head of state that disappears in his restaurant. Brilliant in chase scenes and laughter, this movie shows the comic nature of quid-pro-quos and games in French cinema.

After a series of films ranging from family dynamics during Christmas dinner preparations (La Bûche) to a murder mystery in a provincial French town (The Butcher), the festival ends with Le Fils de l’épicier (The Grocer’s Son), starring Nicolas Cazalé, famous for his role in 2004 movie Le Grand Voyage, who is forced to abandon his life in the city to return to his family in Provence. The film explores the ins and outs of this working family and produces a moving and endearing comedy about the struggle between the city and countryside.


June 1, 8:30pm, Central Park Cedar Hill, Fifth Avenue & 79th Street
Le Grand Restaurant (The Big Restaurant) by Jacques Besnard, 1966
With Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, Maria-Rosa Rodriguez

June 8, 8:30pm, Washington Square Park, Manhattan
L’odeur de la papaye verte (The Scent of Green Papaya) by Trần Anh Hùng, 1993)
With Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Lu Man San, Truong Thi Loc

June 15, 8:30pm, Washington Square Park, Manhattan
La règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game) by Jean Renoir, 1939
With Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély, Marcel Dalio, Julien Carette, Roland Toutain

June 22, 8:30pm, Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
La Bûche by Danièle Thompson, 1999
With Sabine Azéma, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Emmanuelle Béart, Claude Rich, Françoise Fabian

June 29, 8:30pm, Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
Garçon! by Claude Sautet, 1983
With Yves Montand, Jacques Villeret, Nicole Garcia

July 6, 8:30pm, Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
Le Boucher (The Butcher) by Claude Chabrol, 1970
With Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia

July 11, 8:30pm, J. Hood Wright Park, Manhattan
El discreto encanto de la burguesía (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) by Luis Buñuel, 1972
With Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig

July 13, 8:30pm, Tomkins Square Park, Manhattan
Les Emotifs anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) by Jean-Pierre Améris, 2010
With Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré

July 20, 8:30pm, Riverside Park Pier I, Manhattan
Tu seras mon fils (You Will Be My Son) by Gilles LeGrand, 2013
With Lorànt Deutsch, Neils Arestrup, Nicolas Bridet, Patrick Chesnais

July 27, 8:30pm, Riverside Park Pier I, Manhattan
Les Saveurs du palais (Haute Cuisine) by Christian Vincent, 2012
With Catherine Frot, Jean d’Ormesson, Arthur Dupont

September 1, 8:30pm, Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center, Fort Lee, NJ
Peau d’âne (Donkey Skin) by Jacques Demy, 1970
With Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Delphine Seyrig

September 6, 7:30pm, Columbia University, Manhattan
Le Fils de l’épicier (The Grocer’s Son), by Eric Guirado, 2007
With Nicolas Cazalé, Clotilde Hesme, Daniel Duval, Jeanne Goupil