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  1. Lots of hilarious dialogues, ending based on a real story, award winner including an audience award - join us for:

    WHAT: One Way Ticket To the Moon / Bilet na księżyc, 2013 – comedy, period drama, 120 min – English subtitles

     

    WHERE(Different than our usual location - only in June and July) Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756, tel: 512-974-8820

    WHEN: Sunday, June 4 at 3:30pm

    COST: FREE

    CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

    Director: Jacek Bromski
    Screenwriter: Jacek Bromski
    Director of photography: Michał Englert
    Music: Luděk Dřízhal, Aaron Frescas, Spencer Gibb

    Synopsis
    One Way Ticket to the Moon is a coming of age road film set in 1969, the year when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. The script follows the cross-country trip taken by two brothers – the younger getting ready to join the army and the older trying to prepare him for the rough life ahead. While they travel they meet old friends and make new acquaintances, resulting in a comic story set in the reality of the communist People’s Republic of Poland. In the last phase, Bromski ‘s light-hearted comedy shifts into a melodramatic hostage caper in edgy Berlin, in a bizarre, but true-story ending.

    Trailer (subtitled) https://vimeo.com/96567042

    Awards
    2013 – Best Screenplay at Gdynia Film Festival
    2013 – Project London Award for the film with the largest potential for distribution in Great Britain and Ireland
    2014 – Best Director at the Tiburon International Film Festival
    2014 – Audience Award at the Toronto Polish Film Festival

  2. JUNE 2 TO SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
     
    Free French Films in NYC Parks!

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Films on the Green, the free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks.

     
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    In its landmark 10th year, Films on the Green will present French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.

     

    Free and open to the public.
    All films are in French with English subtitles, except for the July 12th screening, which is in French and English with Spanish subtitles.
    Music by WNYU and WHCS DJs prior to the screenings!


    Follow #FilmsOnTheGreen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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    FESTIVAL LINE-UP
    June 2, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Central Park, Cedar Hill

    It's 1977 and women's liberation is in the air but Suzanne is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol. When Robert is taken hostage by his employees, who are in strike, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone's surprise, she proves to be a remarkably effective leader. But when Robert returns to the factory, things get complicated.

    Directed by François Ozon (R, 2010)
    With Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini, Gérard Depardieu

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    June 9, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Washington Square Park

    Today is the last day of Satché’s life. Though he is strong and healthy, he knows this to be true. Walking through the streets of his home town in Senegal, Satché takes in the sites of his past as if he were looking at them for the last time: his parents’ house, his first love, his friends, his wife and children. He greets these final moments with great fear but also with a sense of joy.

    Directed by Alain Gomis (2013)
    with Saul Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Anisia Uzeyman

    Presented with the support of The Washington Square Park Conservancy.

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    June 16, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Washington Square Park

    Two unlikely companions, the straight-laced Martin and the bombastic Grandgil, must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris. While Martin tries to make it through efficiently, Grandgil seems to create, and then surmount, obstacles for the fun of it.

    Directed by Claude Autant-Lara (1956)
    With Bourvil, Jean Gabin, Louis de Funès

    Presented with the support of The Washington Square Park Conservancy.

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    June 23, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Transmitter Park, Brooklyn

    Marc and Hans, two old gangsters, plan to steal the vaccine for a mysterious virus which affects those who make love without being in love. After the death of their associate, the two accomplices call on his son, Alex, a talented conjuror. But Alex falls madly in love with a girl he sees on a bus. Her name is Anna and she turns out to be Marc's mistress...

    Directed by Leos Carax (1986)
    With Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant

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    June 30, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Transmitter Park, Brooklyn

    Parisian screenwriter Paul Javal and his wife Camilla join director Fritz Lang and American film producer Jeremy Prokosch on the set of an adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey in Italy. Camille is bored and unhappy about this long journey away from home and among strangers...

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard (PG, 1963)
    With Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance

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    July 7, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Tompkins Square Park

    When Catherine Lelievre hires rigid, taciturn Sophie, she thinks she has found the perfect housekeeper for her family’s remote mansion in Brittany. But, detached and automated, Sophie displays odd behavior that becomes inexplicably disturbing. When she becomes friends with the impertinent, outspoken busybody Jeanne who runs the post office, the tension between Sophie and her employers increases.

    Directed by Claude Chabrol (1995)
    With Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire

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    July 14, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Tompkins Square Park

    Jean, an army deserter, hitchhikes his way into Le Havre looking for a place to hide until he can leave the country on one of the many ships anchored there. He never expects to become embroiled in a dispute between local “tough” guy Lucien and wealthy but shady shopkeeper Zabel. Nor does he expect to fall in love with the beautiful Nelly…

    Directed by Marcel Carné (1938)
    With Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Michel Simon

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    July 21, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Riverside Park Pier I

    Arriving at a remote mountaintop hotel in Provence, the Parisian Michèle 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.

    Directed by Jean Grémillon (1943)
    With Madeleine Renaud, Pierre Brasseur

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    July 28, 2017 | 8:30pm
    Riverside Park Pier I

    In a pre-WWI Paris, Elena is a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men crazy. When a famous general falls for her charms, Elena finds herself entangled in both romantic intrigue and political conspiracy—with the hearts of several men, and the future of France, in her hands.

    Directed by Jean Renoir (1956)
    With Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais,  Juliette Gréco

    Preceded by The Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès (1902)

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    SPECIAL SCREENING WITH SPANISH SUBTITLES
    July 12, 2017 | 8:30pm
    J. Hood Wright Park, Washington Heights

    En francés e inglés con subtítulos en español/In French and English with Spanish subtitles

    Stéphane, un joven diseñador tímido e introvertido, tiene una imaginación tan grande que a veces se impone al mundo real.  Su madre lo convence de mudarse a París y le ofrece un empleo. La decepción es grande cuando se encuentra con un trabajo rutinario, pero se desvanece cuando se enamora de su vecina Stéphanie. La relación se ve amenazada por la constante infiltración del mundo fantástico de Stéphane en el mundo real.

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

    Dirigida por/Directed by Michel Gondry (R, 2006)
    Con/With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gael García Bernal

    Presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

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    FILMS ON THE GREEN @ COLUMBIA
    September 7, 2017 | 7:30pm
    Columbia University

    A scantily clothed and dirty young boy is admitted to the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in Paris. Having been found in the forest, the child is unable to speak, communicate or function in society. His case is taken up by Doctor Itard, a lone physician (played by Truffaut himself) who has unyielding dedication to re-integrating the lad into society. But the road to tame the beast is a rocky one…

    Directed by François Truffaut (PG, 1970)
    With Jean-Pierre Cargol, François Truffaut

    Presented in partnership with the Columbia Maison Française.

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  3. You've met them before, and you know exactly what I'm talking about. Those friends who just happen to know the "real" Timbuktu- not they way you have seen it as a tourist, but the way they know it as a global nomad. You can't contribute anything to the travel conversation, because no matter what you say, they smile sympathetically, snicker, because you poor soul, you cannot possibly know anything about Zimbabwe that they haven't experienced better.

    In my lifetime, travel certainly has become a lot cheaper, and accessible to everyone. Gone are the days when we can wow someone with our Polaroids from Chennai, chances are that the person we are talking to has already been there.  So, I don't quite understand this growing movement to "educate" people about the proper way to travel, the authentic way to experience, the responsible way to learn about a culture. Do we now need an instruction manual to see for ourselves?

    Over the years, I have met all kinds of travel snobs, I am sure you have too, so rather than teach you how to recognize them, feel free to add your experience to this conversation. Out of sympathy for my fellow adventurers, I have classified them into easily identifiable stereotypes, so that rather than engage, you can pick up your luggage and roll in the opposite direction. Here are my favorite travel snobs:

    The Authenticators:  They pore through each minute detail of your travel story looking for a flaw in your experience. You downed shots of tequilla with a worm in Mexico, but don't you know that the proper way is to call it mezcal, and it's not a worm its a larva? You luxuriated the a 5-star Leela Palace in Udaipur, but poor you, you missed out on seeing how real people live. No matter how you saw it, it couldn't possibly be legit, because they know how it's experienced better. The saving grace of the authenticators is that they don't fault us for our ignorance, they just know better.

    The Modern Day Missionaries: They arrive at their destination, ready to "educate" the unconscious. You see, they come with the knowledge the locals so desperately need, and are ready to teach the dullards how to better their existence. Never mind that the locals have a 1000 year tradition of teaching their kids the value of work, because where modern-day missionaries come from, child labor is wrong, and they are here to save your children from your ignorance. Never mind that in all of India, very few people own air conditioning, a school without it needs their immediate attention.

    The Enlightened Ones:  For them, travel has lead to a spiritual awakening, and they are now ready to sparkle their fairy dust onto our darkness. They are now better people because they struck a yoga pose on the beaches of Durban, or had their colons cleansed at an ashram in Chandigarh. You poor tourist, couldn't possibly know anything about enlightenment because you only spent 40 years of your life serving the local poor, reading e-books on existentialism, battling your own inner demons. They are also more cultured, better exposed than you poor clod who who doesn't bow at the sun each morning.

    The Non-Tourists: No matter how they travel, they are never the tourist. Everyone else standing in front of the Eiffel Tower is, because they wear cameras around their necks, speak English, and ask irritating questions. Somehow these non-tourists can always experience the same thing we tourists do, only better. If they are walking down the streets of Paris, they always have a baguette under their arm, accost the locals of Moldova with their practiced regional dialects, and somehow never carry luggage, because it's the touristy thing to do. But, they show up at weddings and black tie affairs in Monaco in Keds, because they can't be bothered to pack luggage. They belong everywhere, just don't call them tourists. But you gotta admit, when you land in a country and they place a stamp in your passport, you are a tourist.

    The Social Class Snobs:  There are those who only fly coach, because business is too gauche, and there are those who only fly first class, and wouldn't consider a red-eye in economy. Some have enough miles to flaunt a dozen first class trips through southeast Asia and won't go anywhere unless it's at the front of the plane, others scoff at anything that reeks of elitism, and demonstrate their travel expertise by sleeping on the floor at the airport. Either way, there is disapproval at both ends of the spectrum, and for some their way of travel is the only right way.

    In all fairness, we can all be travel snobs. I too sometimes scoff at loud, obnoxious, food grabbing, personal space intruding travelers who don't seem to understand that an airport lounge is for people who want to rest and relax in peace. But then, I get drunk with my friends on a beach in Bali, and know what the locals must be thinking- Tourists!  :)

    My point is that we are all tourists whether we like to admit it or not. The best we can do is try to respect other cultures, and let them be who they are, without imposing our personal beliefs on others.

    Got your own travel snobs to add to this list?  Would love to hear from you.

    S

     

     

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  4. Before going out we are going to try this place...been driving in front many times so tonight is the night

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