Screening of Cleo from 5 to 7, part of Films on the Green 2016, on July 22
NEW YORK, July 7, 2016— On Friday, July 22, Films on the Green will present the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-nominated film Cleo from 5 to 7. Agnès Varda’s 1962 comedy-drama captures Paris of the 60s while tracing a frantic singer (Corinne Marchand) pacing about as she awaits critical medical test results. The nearly-real-time New Wave masterpiece, which divides the hours from 5pm to 7pm over 90 minutes of film, features a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
Crafted with “a documentarist’s eye mixed with a painter’s” (Time Out), Cleo from 5 to 7 is an audacious work of cinéma vérité that manipulates time, space, and genre in ways that were vastly original at the time. It beautifully captures Paris’ unique natural light and was filmed at notable locations in the European capital, including the Pont Neuf, Boulevard Raspail, and Parc Montsouris.
Cleo from 5 to 7 portrays the protagonist’s transition from a dithering child to an empathetic human and touches themes of existentialism and morality. Its strong female protagonist invites a feminist interpretation on the role of women and images of women in French society. Summed up as “an hour and a half in the life of a gorgeous, possibly dying chanteuse” (Telegraph, Tim Robey), the film is a bold achievement of its era that offers profound and sensitive commentary on life that to be relished by any and all viewers.
The screening will take place on Friday, July 22nd 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.
Friday, July 22 | 8:30 pm - Tompkins Square Park
CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLEO DE 5 A 7)
Directed by Agnès Varda
with Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller
1962 | Comedy-Drama | UR | 1h30 | France-Italy
Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cleo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
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.
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