A portion of delicious hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine and a fine movie—all under a pleasant post-showers sky. If the above is anywhere close to your idea of the perfect evening in the heart of the capital no less, you’re in luck. This evening and the following one (May 5 and 6), the lawns of the French Institute in Delhi, in a throwback to the quintessential Parisian open-air cinema experience, will transform into a stage for a unique gastro-cinematic exploration, screening two engrossing films along with serving up authentic French cuisine picks and beverages.
On May 5, visitors can watch Aline, a fictionalised account of French-Canadian singer Celine Dion’s life, while the following night will feature the romantic comedy Antoinette in the Cévennes, starring Laure Calamy. Completing the perfect soirée under the sky, is a selection of traditional French fare including savouries, desserts and beverages complementing the city summer.
The screenings are being conducted as part of Bonjour India, the cultural festival marking 75 years of Indo-French relations (organised by the French Embassy and the Institut Français in India) in collaboration with Sunset Cinema Club. The Café-Cinema experience is returning to Delhi after hosting screenings pan-India, across cities such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chandigarh. It will travel to Bengaluru and Bhopal next, on May 13 and 14, respectively.
For more details on Café-Cinema and other Bonjour India events, check out the institute’s website here. Tickets are Rs 200 per person, and are available online and at the venue.
Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.