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The 2018 Films on the Green Festival Available Online!

From Parisian bistros to the vineyards of southern France, the 2018 Films on the Green lineup explored the profound relationship between French culture and gastronomy, an integral part of France's social fabric.

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

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Romantics Anonymous (Les Émotifs anonymes)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris, PG-13, 2010, 1h22

Chocolate factory owner Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde) hires Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate maker. Although they are both incredibly shy and both suffer from social anxiety, their passion for chocolate brings them together. They fall in love but are too timid to admit their feelings. When they enter their chocolates in a prestigious competition, they must face their lack of confidence and risk revealing their feelings.

Available on Tubi | Vudu | The Roku Channel | iTunes

The Scent Of Green Papaya (L’Odeur de la papaye verte)
Directed by Trần Anh Hùng, 1993, 1h44

In ‘50s Saigon, 10-year-old Mui enters household service for an affluent but troubled Vietnamese family. Despite her servile role, Mui discovers beauty and epiphany in the lush physical details that envelope her. She observes her new surroundings with trusting eyes, trying to remember every detail: the smell of the green papaya, the taste of the water, and the colors of fabrics sold by the lady of the house. But one day, the father disappears with the fortune of the household.

Available on Hoopla | Kino Now | Kanopy | Fandor | Amazon Video | Vudu

The Rules of the Game (La Règle du jeu)
Directed by Jean Renoir, 1939, 1h50

At la Colinière, the deceptively idyllic country estate of a wealthy Parisian aristocrat, a selection of society’s finest gather for a rural sojourn and hunting party. While the masters are gathered around sumptuous banquets, the servants sing them during meals at the office. Over the course of the weekend the haute bourgeoisie acquaintances reveal themselves to be absurdly, almost primitively, cruel, and vapid.

Available on The Criterion Channel | Kanopy | DirecTV | GooglePlay | YouTube | Amazon Video | PantaFlix | Vudu

Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du palais)
Directed by Christian Vincent, PG-13, 2012, 1h35

Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d’Ormesson) appoints her as his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps…

Available on Amazon Prime | Vudu | Tubi

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Directed by Luis Buñuel, PG, 1972, 1h41

A group of six friends—three men and three women, decidedly of the French Upper Middle Class—have their dinner plans continually interrupted due to a series of bizarre events that can only be described as Buñuelian.

Available on GooglePlay | Amazon Video | YouTube

Le Grand Restaurant
Directed by Jacques Besnard, 1966, 1h35

During a dinner at the "Grand Restaurant,” a South American head of state mysteriously disappears. The boss, Mr. Septime (Louis de Funès), is soon suspected. An organization of formidable terrorists, already on the track to find the disappeared, surrounds the restaurant where an incredible game of hide-and-seek between the police, journalists, and Septime’s staff begins.

Available on GooglePlay | YouTube | Amazon Video | iTunes

Donkey Skin (Peau d’âne)
Directed by Jacques Demy, PG, 1970, 1h30

The King (Jean Marais) seeks the hand of his own daughter (Catherine Deneuve) in marriage after promising his dying wife to only wed a woman more beautiful than herself. Listening to her fairy godmother (Delphine Seyrig), the frightened Princess flees and hides, disguised as a scullery maid, while wearing the skin of a donkey as a disguise. As a visiting prince (Jacques Perrin) passes by, he asks Donkey Skin to bake him a cake. She decides to bake him a Love Cake, in which she hides a ring…

Available on The Criterion Channel

You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils)
Directed by Gilles LeGrand, R, 2013, 1h42

Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate in Saint-Émilion. But he has no faith in his son, Martin (Lorànt Deutsch), who works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son—a dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his dying estate manager (Patrick Chesnais). Can Paul turn against his own blood and choose Philippe as the rightful heir to his family estate?

Available on Kanopy | Vudu | Amazon Video | iTunes

The Grocer’s Son (Le Fils de l’épicier)
Directed by Eric Guirado, 2007, 1h36

It is summer, and Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé) is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied by Claire (Clotilde Hesme), a friend from Paris whom he secretly has a crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers, who initially seem stubborn and gruff, but ultimately prove to be funny and endearing.

Available on Hoopla | Kanopy | Tubi | Amazon Prime

The films La Bûche by Danièle Thompson, Garçon! by Claude Sautet, and Le Boucher by Claude Chabrol are not yet available on U.S. streaming platforms.