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The 2019 Films on the Green Festival Available Online!

While most of us are home during the Coronavirus pandemic, we thought that you’d like to (re)watch our 2019 Films on the Green lineup.

The 2019 edition of Films on the Green focused on female directors paying tribute to “Women Behind the Camera,” and shined a light on well-known woman filmmakers as well as emerging ones.

Below you'll find the film descriptions as well as links to watch them online in the U.S.! 

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Peppermint Soda (Diabolo menthe)
Directed by Diane Kurys, 1977, PG, 1h41, France

Anne and Frédérique are sisters entering their teen years in 1963 Paris. Their life, like the world around them, is in full swing. Their personal struggles include the difficulties of divorced parents, getting their first period, discovering boys, and struggling with the confines of their strict school all while figuring out where they fit in the society around them. All the fiasco they undergo presents an opportunity for both a political and romantic awakening.

Available on Amazon Video | Google Play | YouTube | iTunes | Kanopy

Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel)
Directed by Anne Fontaine, 2009, PG-13, 1h50, France-Belgium

Orphaned at a young age, Gabrielle Chanel learns to embroider and sew at a strict convent school before her singing ambitions lead her to perform in cafés and bars. She soon earns the nickname “Coco” and attracts the attention of Étienne Balsan, a rich gentleman intrigued by her stubborn ingénue. Swept up in her rich admirer’s world, Coco draws the eyes of society towards her with her unique, elegant style but complications arise when she falls in love with the young Arthur Capel.

Available on Vudu | YouTube | iTunes | Google Play | Amazon Video | FandangoNow | DirecTV

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015, PG-13, 1h34, France-Turkey

It’s the beginning of summer in a small village in Northern Turkey. Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games arouses a scandal with unexpected consequences and causes the family home to be transformed into a prison. Lessons on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for independence, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

Available on The Criterion Channel | Kanopy | YouTube | Google Play | Amazon Video | FandangoNow | Vudu | iTunes

Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va où ?)
Directed by Nadine Labaki, 2011, PG-13, 1h40, France-Lebanon

In a remote village in Lebanon, where the church and the mosque stand side by side, the town’s women try to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands, and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever, even comical ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers.

Available on Vudu | iTunes | Google Play | Amazon Video | YouTube | FandangoNow

The Amazing Catfish
Directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce, 2013, PG-13, 1h35, France-Mexico

Martha, a mother of four rambunctious and imaginative children, finds solace upon meeting Claudia, a younger woman trying to figure out her purpose in life. The two quickly become friends and Martha invites Claudia to come live with her family. When Martha’s health declines, the bond Claudia has with each member of the family is forced to be tested, giving opportunity for true, strong relationships to be created.

Available on Amazon Video | Google Play | YouTube | iTunes

Jacquot de Nantes 
Directed by Agnès Varda, 1991, PG, 1h58, France

Once upon a time, an eight-year old boy lived a happy childhood with his parents, Marilou and Raymond, and his little brother, Yvon. It is 1939, in Nantes, and his name is Jacquot. He spends his days in his father’s car garage where everyone likes to sing. On weekends, the family goes to the movies. While Jacquot is raised to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a mechanic, he buys a camera and begins to make short films with puppets and music. An early lesson of family loyalty and artistic passion is presented to Jacquot in this biopic that is based off Jacques Demy’s childhood.

Available on Amazon Video | Mubi

Directed by Céline Sciamma, 2011, 1h22, France

Laure is a ten-year-old girl whose family just moved to the suburbs during the summer holiday. When mistaken for a boy by a pack of neighborhood kids, Laure creates an alter ego named ‘Michael’ and becomes resourceful in hiding her female identity from the other children. Soon, Michael catches the attention of Lisa, the leader of the pack who becomes completely smitten with the new boy in town. The hope for an endless summer of fun and friends will be questioned by the reality that is Laure’s true self.

Available on The Criterion Channel | Kanopy | YouTube | iTunes | Google Play | Vudu | Amazon Video

In Safe Hands (Pupille)
Directed by Jeanne Herry, 2018, 1h47, France

Abandoned at birth, baby Théo’s uncertain future lies now in the hands of the Child Welfare Services, and officers such as Karine. She gives Jean the responsibility of temporarily looking after Théo, while the members of the Adoption Agency have the difficult task of finding him a permanent home. Meanwhile, Alice has never given up becoming a mother and faces the prospect of this dream finally coming true, although nothing is certain.

Available on Amazon Video | Google Play | YouTube | Vudu

Directed by Jacqueline Audry, 1951, 1h35

Set in 1890, an innocent English teenager, Olivia, arrives at a small boarding school outside Paris. The majority of the pupils there are divided into two clans: those that are devoted to the headmistress, Miss Julie, and those who follow Miss Cara, an emotionally manipulative invalid who is obsessed with Miss Julie. Olivia develops an infatuation for Miss Julie and their relation sets Miss Cara ablaze with jealousy.

Available on Ovid | Amazon Video | iTunes

Minuscule, Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule – La vallée des fourmis perdues)
Directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, 2013, 1h29, France-Belgium

In a peaceful little valley, the remains of an abandoned picnic sparks warfare between two tribes of rival ants. At stake, a box of sugar. So when a bold young ladybug finds herself caught in the middle of the battle, she befriends one the black ants, Mandible, whom together must protect the anthill from the encroaching red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor.

Available on Amazon Prime | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play | Vudu

Aya of Yop CIty (Aya de Yopougon)
Directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, 2010, 1h24, France-Ivory Coast

It’s the end of the 70s and nineteen-year-old Aya lives in Youpougon, a working-class neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Aya divides her time between school, her family, and her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, who only think of sneaking out as soon as night falls. Things go awry when Adjoua becomes pregnant, causing the friends to try and figure out what is best for the situation.

Available on Kanopy

The films Sequins (Brodeuses) by Éléonore Faucher, and Chocolat by Claire Denis are not yet available on U.S. streaming platforms.