Even as the sun’s rays continue to hit us boldly, we can’t help but feel – and dread? – the end of summer. With fall nipping at our flip flops, it’s time to grab fists full of whatever the season has to offer: trips to the beach, outdoor concerts, lake jumps, road trips, bike rides, snowballs. ice. Among other pleasures, the end of summer is full of opportunities to watch French films indoors and outdoors. Advance them!
This Paris-based film series offers free outdoor screenings with English subtitles.
August 17 and 18 at 9 p.m. Beware of Docs joined Lost in the Francophonie present two documentaries on the environment, New Seeds by Sophie Labruyère and Nicolas Meyrieux (69 mins) & Utopia.s – Zad Everywhere by Henri Poulain (52 mins). These innovative documentaries will be screened at La REcyclerie: 83 Bd Ornano, 75018 Paris. Click on here for more information on this and other exciting Gare aux Docs events in August.
Thursday, August 25 at 9 p.m., The Chair and the Screen and Lost in Frenchlation present Welcome by Philippe Lioret (110 min) under the stars in Garden of Madness Titon: 28 Rue Chanzy, 75011. Bring your own picnic blanket or chair! Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Last Chance New Yorkers! Attend the last two screenings of this free outdoor French film festival organized by Villa Albertine. This year, the event presented 12 contemporary and classic literary adaptations in French in parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
On September 8, The Velvet Queen (2021) by Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier (1h32) will be screened at Columbia University. Based on the novel The Snow Panther by Sylvain Tesson, this superb documentary follows award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier in the Tibetan highlands with writer Sylvain Tesson in search of the elusive snow leopard.
On September 9, the animated film by Dominique Monféry Eleanor’s Secret (2009) will be screened at McGolrick Park in Brooklyn. Based on the story (and picture book) by Anik Leray, the film enters the world of young Nat and his magical library, donated by Aunt Eleanor, where the book’s characters come to life. The film is dubbed in English.
Other Villa Albertine Events in Cities Across the United States
The cultural institution hosts events in the arts, film and beyond, in a wide range of US cities. There might be something fun, fascinating and French in your own backyard!
The 14th edition Robert Classic French Film Festival
Celebrating the Gallic heritage of St. Louis and the French film heritage, this year’s event showcases a stunning collection of classic films. The collection includes Claire Denis Good work (1999), by Jean-Luc Godard Breathless (1960), by Gillo Pontecorvo The Battle of Algiers (1966), Jean-Pierre Melville The red circle (1970), Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amelie (2001), and a completely new restoration by Luis Bunuel The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.
René Laloux’s Classic Animated Sci-Fi Marvel fantasy planet (1972) will also be screened alongside Olivier Assayas Irma Vep (1996). Irma Vep has received a lot of attention recently, due to the filmmaker remake is now making a splash on HBO. In honor of Saint Louis Josephine Bakerthe festival will present his silent film debut, Mermaid of the tropics with an original score and live accompaniment by the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra.
For the first time since 2019, the MFA is bringing back its showcase of French cinema from the past year – plus a cherished classic – ranging from August 18-21.
The festival opens with Eric Gravel Full timewith Laure Calamy, the cesarean star of Call my agent and My donkey, my lover and meas a single mother rushing to a potentially life-changing job interview.
Closing film is celebrated actor-turned-director Mathieu Amalric’s drama Hug me tightfeaturing the brilliant Vicky Krieps of ghost yarn and Bergman Island like a wife and a mother who abandons her family. Other stars include Xavier Giannoli’s historical drama based on Balzac’s acclaimed novel, lost illusions, winner of the César for best film; Constance Meyer Robust, which stars Gérard Dépardieu as a grumpy movie star who bonds with his bodyguard; and a 25th anniversary screening of My life in Pink (presented by MFA Film and Wicked Queer), about a six-year-old trans girl and her family’s struggle to come to terms with her identity.
Andrea Meyer wrote creative treatments for commercial directors, a sex and movies column for IFC, and a horror script for MGM. Her first novel, room for love (St. Martin’s Press) is a romantic comedy based on an article she wrote for the New York Post, for which she pretended to look for a roommate as a ploy to meet men. A longtime film and entertainment journalist and former indieWIRE editor, Andrea has interviewed more actors and directors than she can remember. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Elle, Glamour, Variety, Time Out NY and the Boston Globe.g