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July Events in Paris: Paris Plages, Open Air Cinema & Tour de France

HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July
July means the beginning of les vacances in Paris which the city commemorates by opening of Paris Plages. This temporary beachfront along the Seine and the canal at La Villette hosts events and activities for adults and children from July 8 to September 3.
HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July

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Moonlight Cinema – Cinéma au Clair de Lune


August in Paris is all about slowing down and appreciating life’s little pleasures. In other words, you have an excuse to do absolutely nothing. In that spirit, the Forum des Images invites you to sit back and let them do the work, as they bring classic and contemporary films to you — for free!

The much awaited 9th annual Cinéma au Clair de Lune festival runs from August 5th-23rd and takes place in various arrondissements throughout Paris. The festival’s outdoor film projections take advantage of Paris’ naturally cinematic backdrops, and all films are free and open to the public. The 2009 film line-up spans époques and locations, featuring classic films and futuristic thrillers. This year’s festival is dedicated to Claude Berri, the famed French director, writer, and producer who died in January of this year. The festival kicks off with a screening of Jacques Becker’s Casque d’Or and includes a diverse selection of films, most of which are set in Paris or France. Continue Reading »

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Cinema Under the Stars – Free Cinema at la Villette – en plein air


Now that summer is in full swing, Parisians will seek out any excuse to loiter outside for as long as possible. Luckily, the Cinéma en Plein Air festival at the Park de la Villette gives them an excuse to do just that! Back for its 19th year, the film series runs from July 15th-August 16th and features a different film every night (except Mondays) at approx. 9:00pm (or whenever night falls) on a large outdoor screen located in the Prairie du Triangle (Metro: Porte de Pantin, Line 5). The vast lawn provides ample space for film-goers to stake out a spot, throw down their picnic blankets, and spend the evening lounging beneath the glow of the silver screen. The theme for this year’s festival is traversées, or crossings, and each film in the series will explore the significance of a journey — literal, metaphorical, or otherwise — and the process of discovery. Continue Reading »

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