Starting this month the Socrates Sculpture park has a lot more to offer than its usual fare. The On the Waterfront international film series began on the 21st and will be running through August 25th.

This isn't your ordinary outdoor film type event that we all love and have plenty of around the city. Instead, each Wednesday is a mini-festival of sorts with not just film but cuisine from regional restaurants, music and dance performances until the sky darkens allowing the Manhattan skyline and the big screen to light up.

Tonight you can catch Painted Fire (South Korea, 2002, 116 Minutes. Not Rated.) Directed by Im Kwon Taek.

Winner of the Cannes Best Director award, this vibrant drama explores the turbulent life of legendary 19th-century painter Jang Seung-up, who was obsesses with alcohol, women, and painting. Preceded by Just, 2002, 6 mins. Korean video artist/sculptor Joon Soo Ha manipulates images of the American flag. Presented by The Korea Times.

Gothamist in particularly looking forward to La Strada, which we haven't seen since film class in college and would like to revisit it.

For a full schedule of films click here.
The park is located in Long Island City, Queens at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard. Full directions here