Dragonfly Eyes

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7 - 9 PM

Watch the trailer   Contemporary artist Xu Bing, whose sculpture Monkeys Grasp for the Moon is on permanent display in the Sackler, makes his feature moviemaking debut with this ingenious film. Composed entirely of actual surveillance and dashboard camera footage, Dragonfly Eyes tells the story of Qing Ting, a young woman who abandons her training at …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free

Kedi

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1 - 2:30 PM

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds—neither wild nor tame—and bring joy and purpose to those people …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

Neko Atsume House

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3:30 - 5 PM

Masaru (Atsushi Ito) is a once-bestselling novelist now suffering from writer’s block and poor sales. Forced by his publisher to introduce a zombie plotline into his latest work, he retreats to a house in the country to nurse the blow to his artistic integrity. A surprise visit from a group of adorable stray cats might …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

Japanese Classics: Rashomon

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2 PM

Our monthly matinee program kicks off with perhaps the most famous Japanese movie of all time. Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai-era murder mystery, in the words of Roger Ebert, “struck the world of film like a thunderbolt,” winning the top award at the Venice Film Festival and an Academy Award, and paving the way for greater awareness …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

Film: Crossing the Empty Quarter

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7 PM

In person: Mark Evans The Freer|Sackler and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center present an evening with explorer and Outward Bound Oman Executive Director Mark Evans, the subject of a new documentary film. In late 2015, Evans, Mohamad Al Zadjali, and Amur Al Wahaibi set out on foot and camelback to become the first people in …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

Freer Film Friday: Korean Art, Food, and Film

Friday, November 3, 2017, 5 - 9 PM

Join us for the launch of the Freer|Sackler’s annual Korean Film Festival. Experience both traditional and contemporary Korean culture in this special after-hours event with music and exclusive curator tours of our newly installed gallery of Korean art. Enjoy small bites by local Korean chefs and a cash bar. At 7 pm, catch a special …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

Okja

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:30 PM

Post-film live video Q&A with director Bong Joon-ho! Hailed visionary Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer) returns with a typically twisted, vegetarian-friendly blockbuster about the friendship between a young girl named Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn, Monster) and her “super-pig,” Okja. In the guise of a family movie, this madcap anti-corporate satire follows the duo’s fight against …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

Asura: The City of Madness

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2 PM

Bold, bloody, and chock-full of riveting performances and thrilling action scenes (including a truly awesome car chase), Asura: The City of Madness was inspired by several corruption cases that have made headlines in Korea recently. When a prime piece of real estate in the fictional city of Annam comes on the market, the city’s corrupt …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno

Friday, November 10, 2017, 7 PM

An audience favorite at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the New York Asian Film Festival, Jung Yoon-suk’s appropriately irreverent documentary follows the anarchic exploits of the Bamseom Pirates, a politically outspoken, gleefully nonconformist two-man punk band. Performing mainly at street protests and political rallies, their satirical antics, which include blasting through one hundred songs …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

The Truth Beneath

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2 PM

In person: Lee Kyoung-mi, director It’s taken nearly a decade for Lee Kyoung-mi (who appeared at the Korean Film Festival DC in 2009) to follow up on her beloved debut feature, Crush and Blush. We are pleased to welcome her back to present her tense and stylish sophomore effort, which is well worth the wait. …

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.