Here Comes the Night: Cinema Nocturnes film series Past

June 1-29, 2014 - Washington, DC, United States

This series explores how filmmakers have been inspired to create visions of cities at night, much like the scenes featured in Kiyochika and An American in London.

Two Men in Manhattan
Sunday, June 1, 1 pm
A reporter accepts a mission to find the French delegate to the United Nations, a known womanizer who has gone missing in the New York night, in this French film noir.

The Day He Arrives
Sunday, June 1, 3 pm
The nighttime streets of Seoul become conduits for nostalgia, painful reunions, and chance encounters when a lapsed filmmaker returns for a brief visit.

The Exiles
Friday, June 6, 7 pm
Introduced by Jesse Wente (Ojibwe), head of film programs, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox, curator of First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition
This recently restored independent film chronicles one night in the lives of young Native Americans living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Copresented with the National Museum of the American Indian.

In the Mood for Love
Friday, June 13, 7 pm
Neighbors who suspect their spouses of cheating begin falling in love with one another in this visual tour-de-force, which celebrates the nights of early 1960s Hong Kong

The Lodger
Sunday, June 15, 1 pm
Based on a novel inspired by Jack the Ripper, Hitchcock’s thriller follows a mysterious stranger suspected of a spree of gruesome murders. London’s nighttime fog plays a central role in this tale of terror.

Crossroads
Sunday, June 15, 3:30 pm
Live musical accompaniment by Burnett Thompson
Set in Edo-period Japan, this story of sexual obsession unfolds in the Yoshiwara pleasure district, where a young man falls for a woman tied to several ruthless, powerful men.

special screening
Ram-Leela
Sunday, June 8, 2 pm
Continue the Asia After Dark: Bollywood and Beyond experience with this box-office smash, a lush, visually stunning Bollywood rendering of Romeo and Juliet.

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China and Kenya on Film
As the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival focuses on China and Kenya, the Freer|Sackler and the National Museum of African Art explore the relationship between China and Africa with a Chinese and a Kenyan film sharing similar themes.

Nairobi Half Life
Friday, June 27, 7 pm
In this gripping drama, a young man leaves his village to pursue an acting career in bustling Nairobi, but he finds city life far harsher than he imagined.

Beijing Bicycle
Sunday, June 29, 2 pm
Two teenagers’ intersecting stories dramatize emerging class divisions in China, creating a vivid portrait of a changing city through a beautifully crafted tale of lost innocence.

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