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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 Spain, France, Italy, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Brazil, United Kingdom 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

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2016: Spanish Arts Showcase - New Nonfiction

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

"Spanish Arts Showcase: New Nonfiction" explores the lives and works of several Spaniard visionaries. Featuring different disciplines, the program begins with Segundo de Chomón, an almost forgotten but extremely important pioneer filmmaker and contemporary of Georges Méliès, then moves on to virtuoso guitarist and composer Paco de Lucía who opened flamenco to jazz and other musical genres as well as to a crowd of new followers;then to El Celler de Can Roca, the best restaurant in the world (according to the 2015 Michelin Guide), run by the three Roca brothers who create, in their film, a fascinating "opera in twelve plates";and finally, to architect Luis Moya who designed, during Franco's dictatorship, one of the biggest yet least known buildings in Europe: Universidad Laboral.


  • Friday, January 22nd - American University, McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater
    • 6:30 pm - Opening Night Reception, Media Innovation Lab
    • 7:00 pm - The Man Who Would be Second (2014, 90 mins)directed by Ramón Alós   


  • Wednesday, 27th - American University, McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater
    • 7:00 pm - Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda (2014, 95 mins)directed by Curro Sánchez Varela


  • Friday, February 5th- American University, McKinley Building, Doyle/Forman Theater
    • 7:00 pm - The Dream (El somni) (2014, 82 mins) directed by Franc Aleu followed by The Dream of Luis Moya (2011, 45 mins)directed by Manuel García Postigo and Francisco Vidal Guardado


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.