Open-air cinema at La Villette
This is one of the essential summer meeting places in north east Paris. As the good weather arrives and the sun is setting later, the grass of the Parc de La Villette turns into a huge open-air cinema screening. With the blanket you may have wisely brought and some cushions (deckchairs are also available to rent on site for even more comfort), enjoy a full evening starting, why not, with a little picnic/aperitif before the films which follow a set theme.
So let's dance at the open-air cinema
After an edition devoted to films about historical figures, in 2022 the Villette is inviting you to dance for a festive summer on the meadow of the park triangle. On the program, dance in all its forms, in all styles of music and times as it has been sublimated by directors from around the world.
Admire the famous wiggle of John Travolta on the wild disco of the Bee-Gees in the Saturday Night Fever (directed in 1977 by John Badham). Feel the revolt of the krump dancers in the Los Angeles suburbs in Rize by David LaChapelle (2005) and vibrate to the electro sounds of Eden by Mia Hansen-Løve (2014).
The musical comedy is also a must, with Jean Dujardin trying his hand at tap dancing in The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius (2011).
Less light-hearted atmospheres with films based on classical dance starting with The Red Slippers, by Michael Powell (1948) where a dancer sacrifices everything for her art, and continuing with the very strong Girl by Lukas Dhont (2018) which tackles the problems of sexual identity through the character of a teenage dancer. Dance becomes aquatic with the synchronized swimming practiced by three young girls in the grip of their age in Birth of the Octopuses by Céline Sciamma (2007).
Come and experience cinema in a different way in the most magical of theaters.
Films are shown in VO with subtitles. Program subject to change.
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Days and opening hours
From 20⁄07 to 21/08/2022, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dates to be confirmed.