The cinematic arts come to La Villette with the Outdoor Film Festival
Published on 5 July 2019, dans Entertainment
With the return of the warm summer days, outdoor experiences are always welcome. The Festival du Cinéma en Plein Air de la Villette returns this year to delight those who love to enjoy movies beneath the stars. Sit comfortably in your deckchair and be transported to the world of the big screen. Book your stay at the Hotel Marais Bastille today and ensure you don’t miss this essential summer event and its rich and diverse programme of cinematic gems.
A screen under the stars
Whether you’re a confirmed movie maven or a casual film fan, the lawn of the Parc de la Villette, located on the Avenue Jean Jaurès in the 19th arrondissement, welcomes you this summer to enjoy magical moments of cinema under the stars. Each summer this free event receives thousands of visitors eager to watch for the first time or see again some of the classics of French and international cinema. All films are screened in their original languages with French subtitles. It’s a great opportunity to discover films that are undeservedly unknown to the general public, enjoy much-loved classics or catch some recent blockbusters or even short films.
Comfortably installed in chairs that can be rented on site or just sitting on the 20,000 m² of lawn, it’s a great way to spend an evening with family or friends. Specially installed outdoors for the festival, the 544 m² giant screen is the largest in Europe. Some 150,000 moviegoers are expected over the month of this great outdoor movie festival to laugh, marvel, gasp, cry and tremble at a host of great movies. Come along and join them!
What will Tomorrow bring?
The 2019 programme of the Cinéma en Plein Air à La Villette festival is now known. Following on from 2018’s ‘song’ theme, this year’s event looks ahead by adopting the theme of ‘Tomorrow’. Each movie has been chosen because it presents a directorial vision of the future, whether that vision is optimistic, apocalyptic, utopian or ominous. The festival will open with Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and end with Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982). In between this pair of acknowledged science-fiction masterpieces that bookend the festival, you’ll see plenty more compelling visions of the world of tomorrow. Some, such as Andrew Niccol's Gattaca, examine the implications of science run rampant, while others, including Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, warn of the environmental damage that we are wreaking on our world or propose a return to nature such as that shown in Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic. The festival’s theme will also evoke thoughts of another direction for society and the future of the planet as we will see with Demain (Tomorrow), the remarkable documentary by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent that offers solutions to the environmental crisis facing mankind.
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