Watch Iconic French Films Curated by Film Legends Around New York City

Watch Iconic French Films Curated by Film Legends Around New York City

This summer, the Films on the Green festival is showing 10 French films selected by 10 artists, directors, and actors.

This summer, the Films on the Green festival is showing 10 French films selected by 10 artists, directors, and actors.

Text: Christina Cacouris

This summer marks the 10th anniversary for the Films on the Green project, an outdoor French film festival taking place around parks in New York City. The festival is part of an initiative by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to help expose New Yorkers to one of France's best artistic domains: film.

To celebrate the anniversary, the festival has asked 10 filmmakers, actors, and artists to select their favorite films, including actress Isabella Rosselini, artist Laurie Anderson, and director James Ivory. The films range from classics by Truffaut to newer selections from the past five years. Take a look below for the full selection list and trailers:

Potiche by Francois Ozon (selected by Wanda Sykes)

Tey by Alan Gomis (selected by Saul Williams)

La Traversee de Paris by Claude Autant-Lara (selected by Amy Hargreaves)

Mauvais Sang by Leos Carax (selected by Wes Anderson)

Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard (selected by Jim Jarmusch)

La Ceremonie by Claude Chabrol (selected by Matthew Weiner)

La Ciencia del Sueno by Michel Gondry (self-selected)

Port of Shadows by Marcel Carne (selected by artist Laurie Anderson)

Lumiere d'Ete by Jean Gremillion (selected by Matias Pinero)

Elena and Her Men by Jean Renoir (selected by actress Isabella Rossellini)

The Wild Child by Francois Truffaut (selected by director James Ivory)

The festival is free and open to the public, and runs until September 7.

Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF FILMS ON THE GREEN

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