Quelle Chance! Free French Films in NYC

free french films in nyc parks

In case you didn’t happen to notice, I’m a Francophile. And, I’m attempting to turn my little munchkin into one, too! So, I’m always looking out for fun stuff to do in French, while staying within the NYC subway system boundaries. That’s why I’m psyched that, for the 8th year in a row, Films on the Green is happening. Films on the Green presents FREE French films in NYC parks from the end of May to the end of July. A few are even right here in Greenpoint! This awesome event is hosted and organized by the French Embassy, FACE (people who seriously know what’s up when it comes to French culture) and New York City Parks. Films generally start at 8:30pm so depending on your little one’s schedule this might be a babysitter-required date-night.

In case your French is as intermediate to bad as mine is, don’t fret, the films are also shown with English subtitles. And, to warm you up, DJs will be spinning to keep you entertained after you claim your blanket space an hour before the show. FYI, you have to show up pretty early to carve out a spot at one of these but it’s worth it! Check out the schedule below for a French film that piques your interest.


May 29 – Central Park (79th street and Fifth Avenue): …And God Created Women by Roger Vadim

June 5 – Washington Square Park: Caramel by Nadine Labaki

June 12 – Washington Square Park: Pépé le Moko by Julien Duvivier

June 19 – Tompkins Square Park: Priceless by Pierre Salvadori

June 26 – Tompkins Square Park: Zarafa by Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie

July 10 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): Goha by Jacques Baratier

July 17 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): Queen to Play by Caroline Bottaro

July 24 – Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): La Dérive by Paula Delsol

July 31 – Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): La Collectionneuse by Eric Rohmer

Sept. 10 – Columbia University (at 116th St): The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux

To stay up to date on the latest you can follow Films on the Green on Facebook, Twitter @FilmsontheGreen, Instagram @FilmsontheGreen and search for the hashtag #filmsonthegreen

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