Films on the Green: Jean Grémillon’s Lumière D’été Presented by Matías Piñeiro

Films on the Green: Jean Grémillon’s Lumière D’été Presented by Matías Piñeiro

NEW YORK, June 21st, 2017— On July 21st, 2017, the free outdoor French film festival Films on the Green will screen the 1943 drama Lumière d’été directed by Jean Grémillon. Lumière d’été was selected for the festival by guest curator, director Matías Piñeiro. The screening will take place at 8:30 p.m. at Riverside Park, Pier I, at 70th Street. Matías Piñeiro will introduce the film.

The film features the Parisian Michèle, who arrives at a remote mountaintop hotel in Provence and 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.

With a screenplay by Jacques Prévert and Pierre Laroche, the film stars Madeleine Renaud and Pierre Brasseur. The director, Jean Grémillon, is known for films including MaldoneLady KillerRemorques, and Le Ciel est à vous.

Matías Piñeiro on his selected film Lumière d’été:

“Produced in France in a time of war and Nazi occupation, Grémillon’s film doesn´t avoid composing a darker fantasy about the tensions between love and class. It is a bittersweet nightmare that criticizes the establishment and its abuse of power as a means to doom. 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.”

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, Matías Piñeiro studied at Universidad del Cine, where he later taught Filmmaking and Film History. In 2011, he moved to the U.S. to undertake the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University. His films include The Stolen Man (2007), They All Lie (2009), Rosalinda (2010), Viola (2012), and The Princess of France (2014). Hermia & Helena (2016) is the fourth instalment of his series on the female roles in William Shakespeare’s comedies and his first English speaking film. He currently teaches Filmmaking at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, while developing Ariel, a CPH: LAB project with Galician co-director Lois Patiño based on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The screening of Lumière d’été (1h50) is free and open to the public and will take place at Riverside Park, Pier I, at 70th Street on Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 8:30pm. DJs from Hunter College’s radio station, WHCS will spin French music on-site before the screening. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles.

Films on the Green

In its landmark 10th year, Films on the Green invited 10 guest curators—some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time–to select one film each for the summer’s program. The guest curators include: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.



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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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.

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