Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall 2014 Film Season at the National Gallery of Art

Still from Glistening Thrills by Jodie Mack (Photo: Jodie Mack)

From our friends at the National Gallery of Art...

This fall, the National Gallery of Art film program goes on the road to several Washington-area institutions during the ongoing renovation of the Gallery’s East Building galleries. Films will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium; the National Archives, McGowan Theater; American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman; Goethe-Institut; and the American Film Institute, Silver Theatre. Some films will also be screened in the Gallery's West Building Lecture Hall. Seating for all events is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The fall season opens with a tribute to the influential Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi d’Amico on her 100th birthday. During subsequent weeks there are other opportunities to view the rich legacy of Italian cinema, including a retrospective devoted to Marco Bellocchio.

Viewing China, a program of non-fiction work from mainland China, relates aspects of rural and urban life and contrasts recent indie cinema with films made by the state-owned Central Newsreel and Documentary Studio. In December, the important oeuvre of Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien is highlighted in a major retrospective taking place at the Freer Gallery, the American Film Institute, and the Goethe-Institut, in partnership with the National Gallery of Art.

The popular program American Originals Now continues with the handmade 16 mm films of Jodie Mack, introduced by the artist herself. Special events include the world premiere of the restoration of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket on the occasion of Baldwin’s 90th birthday. CinĂ©-concerts, lectures, and revivals of rediscovered classics are also scheduled.

The year ends with Athens Today, films from the recent wave of creativity in Greece.

Seating for all events is on a first-come, first-seated basis unless otherwise noted. Doors open thirty minutes before show time. Whenever possible, works are presented in their original formats. Please note that the West Building Lecture Hall seats 150 visitors.

For full descriptions of film programs, as well as venues, dates, and screening times, visit