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The 2017 Films on the Green Festival Available Online!

Let's rewind to the 2017 edition of Films on the Green – a very special one indeed! 

In 2017, we celebrated Films on the Green’s 10th anniversary! We presented French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.

Below, you will find the film descriptions as well as links to watch them on U.S. streaming platforms!

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Mauvais Sang - Wes Anderson's Pick
Directed by Leos Carax, 1986, 1h50, France

Marc and Hans, two old gangsters, plan to steal the vaccine for a mysterious virus which affects those who make love without being in love. After the death of their associate, the two accomplices call on his son, Alex, a talented conjuror. But Alex falls madly in love with a girl he sees on a bus. Her name is Anna and she turns out to be Marc's mistress...

"I hope you will be as moved and dazzled as I was by this movie's continuously inventive and ingenious cinematic methods which work like magic tricks; by the aura of its handful of musical themes and cues; by the sad poetry of its desperately romantic, unique, iconic characters; and by the images and atmospheres of Carax and his very gifted collaborator Jean-Yves Escoffier which have stuck vividly in my mind for twenty-something years." -Wes Anderson

Available on Hoopla | Kino Now | The Criterion Channel (until May 30) | Kanopy | Mubi | Amazon Video | Vudu | Google Play | YouTube | iTunes

Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes) - Laurie Anderson's Pick
Directed by Marcel Carné, 1938, 1h31, France

Jean, an army deserter, hitchhikes his way into Le Havre looking for a place to hide until he can leave the country on one of the many ships anchored there. He never expects to become embroiled in a dispute between local “tough” guy Lucien and wealthy but shady shopkeeper Zabel. Nor does he expect to fall in love with the beautiful Nelly…

"Amazing glistening cinematography and beautiful dialog!" -Laurie Anderson

Available on Kanopy | Amazon Video | Kino Now

Contempt (Le Mépris) - Jim Jarmusch's Pick
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963, PG, 1h43, France

Parisian screenwriter Paul Javal and his wife Camilla join director Fritz Lang and American film producer Jeremy Prokosch on the set of an adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey in Italy. Camille is bored and unhappy about this long journey away from home and among strangers...

"Godard's big-budget contribution to one of my very favorite genres -- films about the process of filmmaking. With a mesmerizing cast and plot, in gorgeous technicolor and cinemascope." -Jim Jarmusch

Available on The Criterion Channel | YouTube | Google Play | iTunes

La Cérémonie - Matthew Weiner's Pick
Directed by Claude Chabrol, 1995, 1h52, France

When Catherine Lelievre hires rigid, taciturn Sophie, she thinks she has found the perfect housekeeper for her family’s remote mansion in Brittany. But, detached and automated, Sophie displays odd behavior that becomes inexplicably disturbing. When she becomes friends with the impertinent, outspoken busybody Jeanne who runs the post office, the tension between Sophie and her employers increases.

"The superb acting, directing, and exquisite score of La Cérémonie combine to create an unnerving mixture of kindness and evil. This masterpiece of storytelling seems more relevant than ever, elevating a classic noir mood to unforgettable social commentary." -Matthew Weiner

Available on The Criterion Channel

The Wild Child (L’Enfant sauvage) - James Ivory’s Pick
Directed by François Truffaut, 1970, PG, 1h23, France

A scantily clothed and dirty young boy is admitted to the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in Paris. Having been found in the forest, the child is unable to speak, communicate or function in society. His case is taken up by Doctor Itard, a lone physician (played by Truffaut himself) who has unyielding dedication to re-integrating the lad into society. But the road to tame the beast is a rocky one…

"I chose Francois Truffaut’s ‘The Wild Child’ because that film is a favorite of mine, and its subject - the story of a wild child discovered in a forest, then coaxed out and ‘civilized’ - is a favorite in many cultures." -James Ivory

Available on Amazon Video

The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves)
Directed by Michel Gondry, 2006, R, 1h45, France-Italy

The whimsical and imaginative Stéphane has a mundane job at a calendar company in Paris and wishes for a more creative outlet. He becomes enamored of his neighbor, Stéphanie, but the relationship is threatened by the constant seepage of his fantasy life into his real world.

Available on Amazon Video | Vudu | Google Play | YouTube | Fandango Now | Microsoft

Elena and Her Men (Elena et les hommes) - Isabella Rossellini’s Pick
Directed by Jean Renoir, 1956, 1h35, France

In a pre-WWI Paris, Elena is a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men crazy. When a famous general falls for her charms, Elena finds herself entangled in both romantic intrigue and political conspiracy—with the hearts of several men, and the future of France, in her hands.

"In this delightful film they did together, Jean [Renoir]’s capture an aspect of my mother [Ingrid Bergman] I adored and often was not put forward in other films: her vivaciousness, the sparkle in her eye, her playfulness." -Isabella Rossellini

Available on The Criterion Channel | Kanopy

Lumière d'été - Matías Piñeiro’s Pick
Directed by Jean Grémillon, 1943, 1h50, France

Arriving at a remote mountaintop hotel in Provence, the Parisian Michèle is involved in a love triangle with a worker and an aristocrat whose neighboring castle will be the scene of a show-stopping costume ball.

"Lumière d´été is in kinship to Renoir´s La règle du jeu, but it takes place in the world Renoir tried to warn us about. [...] Comedy and tragedy counterpoint each other in a tale destined to mirror our world in order to desperately produce a variation for a better future." -Matías Piñeiro

Available on The Criterion Channel

La Traversée de Paris - Amy Hargreaves' Pick
Directed by Claude Autant-Lara, 1956, 1h20, France

Two unlikely companions, the straight-laced Martin and the bombastic Grandgil, must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris. While Martin tries to make it through efficiently, Grandgil seems to create, and then surmount, obstacles for the fun of it.

"The film is at times hilarious and heartbreaking, and through the duo's courage and cunning we find a window into the lives of two very different French worlds." -Amy Hargreaves 

Opens on May 22, 2020 at Film Forum, as part of Rialto Pictures's virtual cinema.

Potiche (Trophy Wife) - Wanda Sykes' Pick
Directed by François Ozon, 2010, R, 1h43, France

It's 1977 and women's liberation is in the air but Suzanne is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol. When Robert is taken hostage by his employees, who are in strike, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone's surprise, she proves to be a remarkably effective leader. But when Robert returns to the factory, things get complicated.

"There are a lot of big laughs delivered with this great ensemble cast." -Wanda Sykes

Available on Kanopy | Fandor | Music Box Direct |  Hoopla | Vudu | iTunes | Amazon Video

The film Tey (Today) by Alain Gomis, Saul Williams' Pick, is not yet available on U.S. streaming platforms.