Finding Your Identity at DC’s First Films on the Green

Since 2008, Francophile New Yorkers have been able to enjoy French flicks al fresco through Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City Parks by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with the City of New York Parks & Recreation. This summer, they had the opportunity to catch Purple Noon at Central Park’s Cedar Hill, The Women on the 6th Floor and La Haine at Tompkins Square Park, Les Tontons Flingueurs at Washington Square Park and The French Minister at Columbia University. This year, thanks to American University and the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Washington, DC, we’re getting our own (shorter) edition of this outdoor French film festival.

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On September 4th and 5th, Films on the Green will set ground on the Woods-Brown Amphitheater on American University’s Campus. Both screenings (of All Is Forgiven on the 4th and Tomboy on the 5th) are free, open to the public and centered around the theme of Finding Your Identity. I haven’t seen All is Forgiven, but I have seen Tomboy (which is also available to stream on Netflix). It’s a great but at time difficult to watch film about a little girl who really wants to be a boy (basically…).

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I hope this first edition is successful so we can have an even bigger and better one next year, with more films and more venues! And while we’re on the topic of French films, don’t miss this screening of Alceste A Bicyclette (Bicycling with Moliere) at the Avalon on September 17th. Or I guess you can also just stream it on netflix…


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