France’s Southwest Hits NYC Screens
Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency and the Midi-Pyrenees Tourist Board are sponsoring the 6th annual Films on the Green festival, which starts June 7 and ends September 5, 2013. Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, this French film fest showcases 10 movies in 6 different parks around the city, ranging from Washington Square Park to Brooklyn’s Transmitter Park.
The Midi-Pyrenees, a beautiful region located in the southwest of France, is known for its capital city of Toulouse, home to the Airbus, as well as charming hilltop villages spotted throughout the countryside, and its local brandy called Armagnac. The region also possesses a strong link to film, largely due to its cinematic towns and sites. Some of the filmmakers who have captured the region in film include Louis Malle (Lacombe Lucien), Claude Chabrol and Roman Polanski for The Ninth Gate with Johnny Depp. Even more, Roger Spottiswoode brought James Bond to the Midi-Pyrenees to shoot the opening scene of Tomorrow Never Dies.
These films have been made possible thanks to the Midi-Pyrenees Film Commission, who provides assistance to directors and producers at all stages of the creative process ranging from writing to development to production. In 2012, 9 feature films, 18 short films, 14 creative documentaries and 3 TV films were produced in the region.
The beautiful sites of southwest France are also captured in the regional tourism board’s own promotional films. A selection of these films will be shown before each feature film screening during the festival. Take a sneak peak at the films on Atout France’s dedicated website www.VisitSouthwestFrance.us, where you may also enter for a chance to win trip to the region. For more information, see the official press release on Films on the Green here.
SCHEDULE: FILMS ON THE GREEN FESTIVAL
All films are in French with English subtitles and are free of charge
Screenings at sunset (8:30pm except the Columbia University screening at 7:30pm)
June 7 at Central Park, Cedar Hill: Mississippi Mermaid by Truffaut
June 14 at Washington Square Park: The Art of Love by Mouret
June 21 at Washington Square Park: French Cancan by Renoir
June 28 at Tompkins Square Park: Angel and Tony by Delaporte
July 5 at Tompkins Square Park: Heartbreaker by Chaumeil
July 12 at Riverside Park, Pier I: Marius and Jeannette by Guédiguian
July 19 at Riverside Park – Pier I: We won’t grow old together by Pialat
July 26 at Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): U by Solotareff & Elissalde
Aug. 2 at Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): A Summer’s Tale by Rohmer
Sept. 5 at Columbia University (at 116th St): Wild Reeds by Téchiné