Paris is known among the cinéphiles to be one of the greatest cities to fulfill their passion for the Seventh Art. Here it’s quite common to see, at all seasons, a long queue to see an old black and white 3-hour-long Swedish movie without dialogues (sorry for the cliché…).
During summer, cinemas stay open of course, but 2 other FREE rendez-vous complete the programme: open air film festivals.
The best known is at Parc de la Villette, on a big lawn near Porte de Pantin metro station (near the brand new Philharmonie). It schedules international films in original language. You can check the programme here. It starts the 22nd of July this year.
But the festival I prefer is in August: Cinéma au Clair de Lune. Screenings change place every night and are a great occasion to visit parks, gardens, or squares, not always in the most touristic areas. Films start at 21:30, but most people gather there a long time before, to chat and enjoy a picnic (wine, bread and cheese, yummy! – sorry for this other cliché).
All films scheduled in this festival are linked with Paris, so most of them are in French, but this year 2015, there will be 3 films in English (including Donen’s Funny Face and Lubitsch’s Ninotchka) + Polanski’s Frantic, half English-half French. But even if you don’t understand the language, it is worth going there, for the friendly and laid-back atmosphere, but also to discover places of Paris, on the screen and outside!
Check the full programme!