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Films on the Lake | Free French Films in Chicago Parks

Cinema/Chicago is proud to be a community partner with Films on the Lake, a FREE outdoor French film festival produced annually in Chicago parks by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago as part of the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks.

From the streets of Montmartre to the rooftops of the Grand Opera, the 2019 Films on the Lake invites you in different parks of Chicago to explore Paris through the lens of famous filmmakers. Follow an ambitious cabaret owner, an anguished young singer, a scalawag schoolboy, a dreamy little girl and an insolent thug passionate about his American lover, in their wanderings in the City of Lights. Driven by the summer scents, you may even fly to Quebec for an evening with the music legend La Bolduc…

Screenings start at sunset in various Chicago parks through July 16. Check out the selections below, and find more information on the official site!


JUNE 21: FRENCH CANCAN
Showing at Osterman Beach Park at 8:30pm
Directed by Jean Renoir, 1955, NR, 1h42, France

JUNE 29: BREATHLESS
Showing at Belmont Harbor Park at 8:30pm
Directed by Jean Luc Godard, 1960, NR, 1h30, France

JULY 2: LEAP!
Showing at Harold Washington Park at 8:30pm
Directed by Eric Summer & Eric Warin, 2016, PG, 1h29, France & Canada

JULY 6: CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
Showing at Walsh Park at 8:30pm
Directed by Agnès Varda, 1962, NR, 1h30, France & Italy

JULY 9: LA BOLDUC
Showing at Trebes Park at 8:30pm
Directed by François Bouvier, 2018, NR, 1h45, Canada

JULY 16: THE 400 BLOWS
Showing at Montgomery Ward Park at 8:15pm
Directed by François Truffaut, 1959, NR, 1h39, France

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