Films on the Green Festival 2016 presents SUBWAY (Luc Besson) and THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut) — Brooklynian

Films on the Green Festival 2016 presents SUBWAY (Luc Besson) and THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut)


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

The festival’s 2016 theme, “A summer in Paris”, offers a striking portrait of the City of Lights, its urban landscape, and cultural diversity. A selection of classic, New Wave, and contemporary films by directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda and Céline Sciamma will showcase the city’s aesthetic, cultural, and cinematic history from a dramatically unconventional angle through stories of love, romance, adolescence, female identity, and urban life in Parisian and its surrounding suburbs. 

Two of these screenings will be at Transmitter Park in Greenpoint. All films are shown with English subtitles.

The dates and descriptions are as follows-- 

Friday, June 24 | 8:30 pm - Transmitter Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Directed by Luc Besson with Isabelle Adjani, Christophe Lambert, Jean Reno, Richard Bohringer, Michel Galabru, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Eric Serra
1985 | Thriller | R | 1h44 | France

Subway is Luc Besson’s (Lucy, The Fifth Element) ultra-cool and stylized romantic adventure which won French Award César in 1986 for Best Actor (Christophe Lambert), Best Production Design (Alexandre Trauner) and Best Sound. Fred (Christophe Lambert) is a hipster thief who falls in love with the bored and beautiful wife of the millionaire (Isabelle Adjani) he just robbed. She wants her stolen papers back and he wants her heart. With gangsters and Metro police on their tail, the two seek refuge in the wild labyrinth beneath the subway and team up with the strange characters who inhabit the subterranean world.

Friday, July 1 | 8:30 pm - Transmitter Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Directed by François Truffaut with Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Decomble, Albert Rémy
1959 | Drama | UR | 1h39 | France

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. 

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