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2018 AFI EUROPEAN UNION FILM SHOWCASE

Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel in Eva by Benoît Jacquot

Now in its 31st year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase highlights the quality and diversity of European filmmaking, with 49 films representing 25 EU member states. The selection includes award winners, regional box-office hits, debut works by up-and-coming talents and new works by leading auteurs, plus 12 of the top contenders for this year's Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film and eight U.S. premieres.This year's selection includes more than fifteen French productions and co-productions.

A FAITHFUL MAN  [L'HOMME FIDELE] by Louis Garrel
France, 2018, color, 75 min. In French with English subtitles.
French heartthrob Louis Garrel moves behind the camera once more for his charming sophomore feature. A French New Wave-inspired rom-com starring Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp, co-written by legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. When Abel (Garrel) is abandoned by his girlfriend Marianne (Casta) for his best friend Paul, the hapless young man accepts the devastating news and moves on. Years later, Paul unexpectedly dies, and the two meet again. As they begin to rekindle their romance, however, Paul's alluring younger sister (Depp) and Marianne's highly suspicious young son throw things off course, making matters delightfully complicated.
Fri, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.; Tue, Dec. 11, 7:15 p.m.

EVA by Benoît Jacquot
France/Belgium, 2018, color, 100 min. In French with English subtitles.
Benoît Jacquot adapts the lurid 1945 James Hadley Chase novel previously brought to the screen by Joseph Losey in 1962, with Jeanne Moreau and Stanley Baker. Gaspard Ulliel is a hot young playwright with a potentially career-destroying skeleton in his closet, if his appetite for risk-taking doesn't do the job first. Isabelle Huppert is the mysterious call-girl with whom he begins a series of meetings, initially for "research" purposes but increasingly for more dangerous games of cat and mouse.
Fri, Dec.14, 7:15 p.m.; Sun, Dec. 16, 1:15 p.m

KNIFE + HEART  [UN COUTEAU DANS LE CŒUR] by Yann Gonzalez
France/Mexico/Switzerland, 2018, color, 110 min. In French with English subtitles.
This campy erotic thriller from Yann Gonzalez is set in the seedy milieu of the gay porn demimonde of Paris in the 1970s, where director/producer Anne (a fiercely committed Vanessa Paradis) aspires to be an underground auteur, working closely with her stock company of carefully selected "real men" actors and ace editor Loïs (Kate Moran), Anne's former lover with whom she's still self-destructively obsessed. But someone is preying upon the cast and crew of Anne's latest production, a twisted killer with a sick vendetta. 
Sat, Dec.08, 10:20 p.m.; Thurs, Dec. 13, 10:00 p.m

NON-FICTION  [DOUBLES VIES] by Olivier Assayas
France, 2018, color, 108 min. In French with English subtitles.
Olivier Assayas' smart dramedy set in the publishing world deftly balances a serious, informed debate about the future of publishing in the digital age against the romantic foibles, workaday stresses and crazymaking tendencies of the characters' messy lives. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Guillaume Canet as a veteran publishing exec; Juliette Binoche as his TV actress wife; Vincent Macaigne as a mid-list literary author whose work's worsening reception has him slated to be dropped; and former standup comedian Nora Hamzawi as Macaigne's devoted but distracted partner, a hard-working political staffer.  
Sat, Dec.08, 8:00 p.m.; Sun, Dec. 9, 02:10 p.m

SORRY ANGEL  [PLAIRE, AIMER ET COURIR VITE] by Christophe Honoré
France, 2018, color, 132 min.. In French with English subtitles.
In this intimate, disarming romance set against the vibrant backdrop of gay life in early 1990s France, Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a worldly-wise HIV-positive writer living in Paris and not expecting to find love any time soon, if ever again. When he meets Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), a curious, self-assured university student from Brittany, sparks fly. But as their fling gradually and unexpectedly evolves into a deep and tender bond, both men find their worlds transformed. What emerges is a complex, unconventional and utterly human love story, touched by humor, loss and hope.
Sun, Dec.02, 7:45 p.m.; Tue, Dec. 4, 07:00 p.m

 

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