amidst the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the city of paris has come up with a creative emergency response for its 2020 summer program: a floating cinema with 38 socially-distant electric boats. titled ‘cinéma sur l’eau’ (or, cinema on the water), the event marks the inauguration of ‘paris plages’, an annual summer program that offers outdoor sports and leisure activities on the banks of the seine river and the bassin de la villette. the unusual cinema experience is set to take place on july 18, 2020, with a free screening of gilles lellouche’s film ‘le grand bain’.paris launches floating cinema with 38 socially-distant electric boatsimage courtesy of paris plages



paris plages is scheduled to take place from july 18 to august 30, 2020, inviting parisians and visitors alike to relax and enjoy the banks of the seine river. the floating cinema will mark the opening of this year’s program, with a fleet of 38 electric boats that ensure social distancing measures for attendees (who have already been selected through a raffle). additionally, 150 deckchairs will also be available in the paris plages area for those that want to watch the film from the quai de seine on a 16 x 9-meter launches floating cinema with 38 socially-distant electric boatsevent poster



project info:


name: cinéma sur l’eau

location: bassin de la villette, paris, france

date: 18 july, 2020

partners: häagen-dazs, la ville de paris, and mk2