Park Film Fest Starts Friday, July 9th, With a Twist

Sophie Marceau in ‘La Boum’, via French Embassy.

The French Embassy is sponsoring films in city parks this month, with the option to watch them in parks or at home.

The first showing will be on Friday night in Central Park starting at 8:30 p.m. on Cedar Hill at 79th Street near the East side of the park.

The film is La Boum, with a young Sophie Marceau. It’s about “a Parisian teenager with a lot going on in her life.” For full details, including how to stream online, go here.

The full list of films — which take place in various parks — is here and below:

July 9 – Central Park (79th St & Fifth Ave) & Virtual Cinema: La Boum by Claude Pinoteau
July 12 – Virtual Cinema: Elevator to the Gallows by Louis Malle
July 16 – Washington Square Park & Virtual Cinema: Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem by Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, Leiji Matsumoto, Kazuhisa Takenouchi
July 19 – Virtual Cinema: Chavela by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
July 21 – Virtual Cinema: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai by Christopher Kirkley
July 23 – Seward Park (Lower East Side) & Virtual Cinema: Satin Rouge by Raja Amari
July 26 – Virtual Cinema: Concert: Les Amazones d’Afrique
July 28 – Virtual Cinema: Vengo by Tony Gatlif
July 30 – Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th St) & Virtual Cinema: Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus

“All screenings will be subtitled in English, free and open to the public. Capacity and tickets availability will be limited due to COVID-19 safety and capacity guidelines. Screenings begin at 8:30PM. For more information, visit

And the embassy put together the short promo below:

Correction: The festival starts on Friday, July 9th, not Thursday.

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    1. Dani says:

      Are they actually going to be able to have that screening at Washington Square Park on July 16th considering the rowdy behavior in that park these days?

      • Otis says:

        Exactly. I was thinking the same thing.

        Washington Square Park is lawless and dangerous thanks to the progressive crowd.

        Who in their right mind would want to go there at night to watch a movie?

        • Ish Kabibble says:

          Surprised WSR let a political (albeit uninformed) comment. What’s going on, WSR? New right-wing ownership?

    2. good humor says:

      I love the fact that, technically, the Upper West Side includes all of Central Park.

      • me says:

        Where does it say the UWS includes all of Central Park?

        • cpwpj says:

          It’s widely understood that anything west of Fifth Ave. is the Upper West Side, not UES.

          • Ish Kabibble says:

            Been living on the UWS for 20 years and that is the very first time I’ve heard that.

          • Ish Kabibble says:

            I’ll go a step further. I’d be willing to bet that if you gave 100 UWS residents a map of Manhattan and asked them to trace the outline of the UWS, that 95 of them wouldn’t include all of Central Park.

          • SNY says:

            Anything west of Fifth Avenue is absolutely NOT considered the Upper West Side.
            The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Central Park Zoo, the Conservatory Water (model boat pond) and the formal Conservatory Garden at 104th and Fifth Avenue, are located on the Upper East Side!
            A good way to know:
            Find the 4 digit number code on most lamp posts in Central Park. Most are on small metal plates.
            The first two numbers indicate the cross-street. (Eg: 7862 means you’re on 78th Street.) If the LAST number is EVEN…then you’re on the EAST Side.
            If the last number is ODD…then you’re on the WEST Side. So, 7862 would indicate you’re on 78th Street on the EAST SIDE. 7863 would mean you’re on the WEST SIDE.
            If you don’t believe this, just ask greeter guide or tour guide from the Central Park Conservancy!

            • Ish Kabibble says:

              Thanks, SNY. Glad you were able to enunciate what I knew to be true. The “widely considered” comment was absurd.

    3. Covid Jones says:

      “Capacity restrictions”. Outside.

      This insane anti-science hypochondria has to end.