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NGA & SOC: International Cinema Series


National Gallery of Art Partners with SOC for Film Series

American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art have launched a multi-year program of international film screenings to take place on AU's campus in the McKinley Building Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. The program series includes classic and contemporary films from Italy, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Brazil, Denmark and other countries. Foreign language films will include English subtitles.

Working with Embassy cultural institutions, the NGA &SOC International Cinema Series may include moderated discussion by filmmakers, scholars and content experts. The series is part of a two-year partnership and venue collaboration through 2016 while the National Gallery East Building undergoes renovation.

Free and open to the public.

Campus directions: www.american.edu/AUMaps

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2015: French Film Series - An Agnès Varda Retrospective

Presented by the National Gallery of Art, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and American University's School of Communication and College of Arts &Sciences

Agnès Varda: Ciné-Portraiture
In May of this year, the Festival de Cannes presented to Agnès Varda the Palme d’honneur, an award granted to established directors whose entire body of work has had significant universal impact. She is the first woman to achieve this distinction. Photographer, actor, and idiosyncratic storyteller who adeptly mixes fiction and fact, Varda (b. 1928) has been at the filmic vanguard since the 1950s, presaging later artistic trends such as the 1960s Nouvelle Vague.  Her more recent films—reflective, witty, and whimsical—are essayistic portraits of personalities, processes, or places touched by Varda herself. This series, presented in association with the Embassy of France and American University School of Communication, brings together assorted aspects from her wide-ranging interests and prodigious oeuvre—and her many approaches to portraiture.


  • Friday, October 2nd - American University, McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater
    • 6:30 pm - Opening Night Reception, Media Innovation Lab
    • 7:00 pm - Les Plages d'Agnes "The Beaches of Agnes" (2010, 110mins) Directed by Agnès Varda


  • Sunday, October 18th - National Gallery of Art, East Building
    • 4:30 pm - Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse "The Gleaners and I" (2000, 82mins) Directed by Agnès Varda


  • Friday, October, 23rd - American University, McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater
    • 7:00 pm - Cleo de 5 a 7 "Cleo from 5 to 7" (1962, 90mins) Directed by Agnès Varda


  • Saturday, October 31st - National Gallery of Art, East Building
    • 12:30 pm - Varda: Actualités "Shorts" Directed by Agnès Varda
      • Salut les Cubains "Cuban Salute" (1963, 30 minutes)
      • Black Panthers (Huey) (1968, 31 minutes)
      • Elsa la rose "Elsa the Rose" (1966, 20 minutes)


  • Wednesday, November 4th - American University, McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater
    • 7:00 pm - La Pointe Courte "The Short Point" (86mins, 1955) Directed by Agnès Varda


  • Sunday, November 8th - National Gallery of Art, East Building
    • 4:30 pm - Ulysse "Ulysses" (1982, 22mins) Directed by Agnès Varda


  • Sunday, November 22nd - National Gallery of Art, East Building
    • 4:30 pm - Jane B par Agnès V (1990, 97mins) Directed by Agnès Varda


For other films at the National Gallery, click here.

Doyle/Forman Theater has seating capacity for 145 available on a first-come, first-serve basis.