One of the area’s brightest summer events, Films on the Green will be returning to Greenpoint’s WNYC Transmitter Park to project two films ‘en plein air’.
An initiative of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the FACE Foundation and the City of New York Parks & Recreation, Films on the Green Films is unique among the myriad of free movie screenings attracting cineastes to NY green spaces every summer, as each year the series presents a free and fresh sampling of French films around a given theme.
This year, as part of the Tandem Paris-New York, a cultural partnership between the cities of New York and Paris including a music festival, film, art, and other events, running between June and October 2016, Films on the Green presents classic and contemporary films that, “present the diversity of Paris, its inhabitants, landscapes, and cultures”.
Greenpointers can view two classic French films projected alongside an unmatched East River view of Manhattan, when Luc Besson’s ‘Subway’ screens June 24th and François Truffaut’s ‘400 Blows’ on July 1st.
Truffaut’s 1959 drama, ‘Les Quatre Cents Coups‘, about a misunderstood Parisian child who frequently runs away, is not only one of French New Wave’s defining films, but is frequently cited as one of the best films of all time.
On the other end of the spectrum is ‘Subway‘, a visually-striking comedy from 1985 that was nominated for 13 césar awards, the French equivalent to the Oscars.
Transmitter Park is located where Greenpoint Avenue meets the East River, in Greenpoint.