Moonlight Cinema – Cinéma au Clair de Lune

by Tory Hoen


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.

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Much like the Cinema en Plein Air at the Parc de la Villette, Cinéma au Clair de Lune provides a perfect opportunity to hang out outside on warm summer nights. But for those who don’t want to make the trek to the Parc de la Villette, this festival moves from neighborhood to neighborhood, so there’s no need to travel too far. So grab you friends, a picnic, some wine, and head out to your nearest screening. (Don’t forget extra blankets, as it can get cool at night!)

The festival begins on Wednesday, August 5th, and all subsequent screenings take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights until August 23rd. All screenings begin at 9:30pm. All films are screened in their original versions with subtitles.

Film line-up:

Wednesday, August 5: Casque D’Or, 18e arr. (M° Anvers)

Thursday, August 6: Le Cinéma De Papa 8e arr. (M° Champs-Élysées Clemenceau)

Friday, August 7 : Ariane 14e arr. (RER Cité-Universitaire)

Saturday, August 8: Le Rayon Vert 15e arr. (M° Balard)

Sunday, August 9: Pierrot Le Fou 16e arr. (M° Trocadéro)

Thursday, August 13: Les Trois Mousquetaires 4e arr. (M° Chemin-Vert ou Saint-Paul)

Friday, August 14: Tchao Pantin 13e arr. (M° Tolbiac ou Place d’Italie)

Saturday, August 15: Renaissance 14e arr. (RER Cité-Universitaire)

Sunday, August 16: Goupi Mains Rouges 11e arr. (M° Père Lachaise)

Thursday, August 20: Boudu Sauvé Des Eaux 15e arr. (M° Sèvres-Lecourbe)

Friday, August 21: Ma Petite Entreprise 19e arr. (M° Place des Fêtes)

Saturday, August 22: Slogan 12e arr. (M° Porte de Charenton)

Sunday, August 23: Dans Paris 1er arr. (RER Châtelet-Les-Halles )

For more information (in French), click here.

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Written By

Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

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