Dave Kehr receives the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

Bénédicte de Montlaur makes the presentation at the French Embassy.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bénédicte de Montlaur with Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters honoree Dave Kehr
Bénédicte de Montlaur with Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters honoree Dave Kehr Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On a beautiful late spring afternoon in New York, across the street from Central Park and a few blocks down from The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, Museum of Modern Art curator in the Film Department Dave Kehr was presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy Bénédicte de Montlaur (dressed in Diane von Furstenberg) at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

For Films on the Green, Isabella Rossellini has chosen Jean Renoir's Elena and Her Men, starring Ingrid Bergman
For Films on the Green, Isabella Rossellini has chosen Jean Renoir's Elena and Her Men, starring Ingrid Bergman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Past American recipients include Robert Redford, Paul Auster, Uma Thurman, Ornette Coleman, Jim Jarmusch, Agnes Gund, Marilyn Horne, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, and Meryl Streep.

The 10th anniversary of Films on the Green had guest curators Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves each choose a French film for a free outdoor screening at various locations throughout the city.

On June 2, for the opening of the festival, Wanda Sykes presented François Ozon's Potiche (Trophy Wife) in Central Park.

Films on the Green run throughout the summer and concludes on September 7, with a screening of François Truffaut’s L'Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child) at Columbia University, selected by James Ivory.

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