Screening of Boyfriends and Girlfriends, part of Films on the Green 2016, on July 29
NEW YORK, July 13, 2016— On Friday, July 29, Films on the Green will present a rare screening of Boyfriends and Girlfriends by legendary French New Wave director, Eric Rohmer. The sixth film in Rohmer’s Comedies et Proverbes cycle, Boyfriends and Girlfriends tells the story of shifting and crisscrossing romantic ties between four characters living in the newly constructed Parisian suburb of Cergy-Pontoise. Marked by Rohmer’s characteristic cerebral mood and the geometric, distanced treatment of relationships in his films, Boyfriends and Girlfriends offers a lighter and more playful version of Rohmer’s refreshingly clean and classic aesthetic—“like icing on a particularly rich cake” (Senses of Cinema).
Rarely depicted in French cinema, the “ville nouvelle” is unifying force in Boyfriends and Girlfriends. The Parisian suburb high-rise community, complete with vast shopping malls and simple, clean architecture, which some experience as cold or austere, serves as a backdrop for the characters’ relationships, which are remote and dimmed. As The Washington Post’s Hal Hinson put it, “During the course of the picture, partners are exchanged, new alliances formed, tears are shed, time passes, and nobody is much offended or saddened or upset. In the end, as the new couples pair off for their vacations together, the mood is one of mild contentment.”
Critics have often analyzed the interplay between the film’s scenery and the relationships that illustrate it. As Robert Ebert posits, “Rohmer knows exactly what he is doing here. He has no great purpose, but an interesting small one: He wants to observe the everyday behavior of a new class of French person, the young professionals.”
The screening will take place on Friday, July 29th at 8:30pm at Tompkins Square Park. The film is in French with English subtitles and is free and open to all.
DJs from WNYU, New York University’s radio station, will play French tunes prior to the screening.
SCREENER AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Friday, July 29 | 8:30 pm - Tompkins Square Park
BOYFRIENDS AND GIRLFRIENDS (L’AMI DE MON AMIE)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
with Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir, Eric Viellard, Anne-Laure Meury, François-Eric Gendron
1987 | Romance | PG | 1h42 | France
In Cergy-Pontoise, Blanche, an uptight clerk, falls for the handsome Alexandre, whom she meets through her vibrant new friend, Léa. Unfortunately for her, Alexandre is dating the artistic Adrienne, while Léa is seeing Fabien. Before long, these relationships shift, leading to new romantic pairings.
2016 Films on the Green Festival Schedule
The festival offers this year a striking portrait of the City of Lights, its urban landscape, and cultural diversity.
A selection of classic, New Wave, and contemporary films will showcase the city’s aesthetic, cultural, and cinematic history from a dramatically unconventional angle through stories of love, romance, adolescence, female identity, and urban life in Paris and its surrounding suburbs.
All films are shown with English subtitles. Screenings begin at 8:30pm, except the Columbia screening, which begins at 7:30pm.
June 7 - Central Park (79th street and Fifth Avenue): Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, preceded with The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
June 10 - Washington Square Park: The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe by Yves Robert
June 17 - Washington Square Park: Air of Paris by Marcel Carné
June 24 - Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): Subway by Luc Besson
July 1 - Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): The 400 Blows by François Truffaut
July 8 - Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): April and the Extraordinary World by Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci
July 15 - Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): Un Flic by Jean-Pierre Melville
July 22 - Tompkins Square Park: Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda
July 29 - Tompkins Square Park: Boyfriends and Girlfriends by Eric Rohmer
Sept. 8 - Columbia University (at 116th St): Girlhood by Céline Sciamma
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and the City of New York Parks & Recreation would like to thank Films on the Green’s 2016 official sponsors: Air France, BNP Paribas and TV5 Monde.
Tandem Paris-New York 2016 is a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York. From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines including music, dance, cinema, literature, theatre, the visual arts, language, gastronomy, and digital innovation from the partner city. Tandem Paris - New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the French Institute, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.
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