Films on the Green: Gondry’s the Science of Sleep

Films on the Green: Gondry’s the Science of Sleep

NEW YORK, July 6, 2017—The 10th annual Films on the Green festival, which presents free French films in NYC Parks, will include for the first time this year a film screening in French with Spanish subtitles: The Science of Sleep (La Science des Rêves) by Michel Gondry.

The screening will take place on July 12 at 8:30pm in the newly invested J. Hood Wright Park (West 174th Street between Fort Washington and Haven Avenues) and is presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

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

Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mood Indigo, The Green Hornet), the film stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou, and Emma de Caunes.

“On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Films on the Green, we are very proud to present the festival’s very first French film with Spanish subtitles,” said Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, Bénédicte de Montlaur. “Connecting with the Spanish-speaking community has been an objective of ours for many years, and this festival which screens in parks across New York City all summer, reaching a broad audience of all ages, is a perfect fit. We hope that The Sciences of Sleep will draw the local community’s attention onto successful and inspiring French-Mexican collaborations around cinema such as this one.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with our French colleagues in promoting cultural diversity and language inclusion in New York,” added Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Caterina Toscano.

The screening of The Science of Sleep (1h45) is free and open to the public, and will take place in J. Hood Wright Park on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:30pm. The film will be shown in French and English with Spanish subtitles.


All films are in French with English subtitles, except for the film that will be screened on July 12th, which is in French and English with Spanish subtitles. Screenings begin at sunset.

  • June 2 – Central Park (79th St & Fifth Ave): Potiche (Trophy Wife), by Ozon, selected by Wanda Sykes
  • June 9– Washington Sq. Park: Tey (Today) by Gomis, selected by Saul Williams
  • June 16 – Washington Sq. Park: La Traversée de Paris by Autant-Lara, selected by Amy Hargreaves
  • June 23 – Transmitter Park (Brooklyn): Mauvais Sang by Carax, selected by Wes Anderson
  • June 30 – Transmitter Park (Brooklyn): Contempt by Godard, selected by Jim Jarmusch
  • July 7 – Tompkins Sq. Park: La Cérémonie by Chabrol, selected by Matthew Weiner
  • July 12 – J. Hood Wright Park (West 173th St): The Science of Sleep by Gondry (2006), presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York (screening in French and English with Spanish subtitles).
  • July 14 – Tompkins Sq. Park: Port of Shadows by Carné, selected by Laurie Anderson
  • July 21 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th St): Lumière d’été by Grémillon, selected by Matías Piñeiro
  • July 28 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th St): A Trip to the Moon by Méliès followed by Elena and Her Men by Renoir, selected by Isabella Rossellini
  • Sept 7 – Columbia University (at 116th St): The Wild Child by Truffaut, selected by James Ivory, presented in partnership with the Columbia Maison Française

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks would like to thank Films on the Green’s 2017 lead sponsor, Le Petit Marseillais™, and the festival’s 2017 official sponsors, Air France, Atout France-France Tourism Development Agency, BNP Paribas, JC Decaux, and TV5 Monde

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Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks since 2008, presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals and innovators to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.

FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE promotes artistic, literary and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language. FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange) is a 501(c)(3) organization chartered by the state of New York.

NYC Parks is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens  and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 650,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

Both the cultural branch of the Consulate General of Mexico in New York and a US not-for-profit organization, The Mexican Cultural Institute is committed to generating awareness of the richness and dynamism of Mexico as a plural and creative nation.

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