The Cultural Services of the French Embassy announces the AFI European Union Film Showcase.
For its 29th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase will screen 47 films, including five 2016 French co-productions. The festival features international film festival award winners and several U.S. premiers. 
 
THINGS TO COME (L'AVENIR)
by Mia Hansen-Løve 
France/Germany
 
Sat, Dec. 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 4 3:30 p.m.
 
The film tells the story of a Parisian woman in her sixties who must reinvent her life following an unexpected divorce. Nathalie must also deal with the failing health of her aged mother, a former actress who still hasn't given up the spotlight. The next several years will have their ups and downs, but Nathalie ultimately will come to know herself in a new and deeper way. 
 
SAINT AMOUR
By Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern 
France/Belgium
 
Fri, Dec. 9 | 7:15 p.m.
Thurs, Dec. 15 | 7:00 p.m.
 
The comedy follows a father-son duo, played by Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde on their road trip journey through France’s wine regions. Misadventures ensue including run-ins with characters played by Michel Houellebecq, Chiara Mastroianni, Ana Girardot, Andréa Ferréol, Ovidie and Céline Sallette. 
 
FRANTZ 
By François Ozon
France/Germany
 
Sat, Dec. 10 | 7:30 p.m.
 
François Ozon reimagines the moving 1932 antiwar story “Broken Lullaby” by Ernst Lubitsch with more mystery and bittersweet romance. French veteran Adrien visits the German town of Quedlinburg, where he places flowers at the grave of Frantz Hoffmeister, a German soldier killed in the war. The fallen man's parents and former fiancée Anna assume Adrien must be a friend from Frantz's days studying music in Paris, a misconception that the fragile-nerved Adrien allows them to believe. 
 
THE RED TURTLE (LA TORTUE ROUGE)
By Michaël Dudok de Wit
Japan/France/Belgium
 
Sun, Dec. 11 | 4:30 p.m.
 
Studio Ghibli's first-ever international coproduction, this moving, mostly hand-drawn and dialogue-free animated film is a parable about man and nature, life and death. A man is shipwrecked on a desert island. He builds a raft, intent on returning home, but an enormous red sea turtle causes it to capsize. The man builds a bigger raft, but the red turtle again destroys his work. Enraged, the man strikes the turtle, but instead of killing it, a mysterious transformation occurs. 
 
LOUISE BY THE SHORE (LOUISE EN HIVER)
U.S. Premiere
By Jean-François Laguionie
France/Canada
 
Thurs, Dec. 15 5:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 18 4:10 p.m.
 
This animated film is filled with different layers of meaning. Both sweet and melancholy, the story revolves around Louise, an unassuming elderly lady who becomes stranded alone in a seaside town during winter, and decides to stay put and live there until summer comes around. With little to occupy her time but to survive the elements and reflect on her fleeting memories, Louise befriends Pepper, a local stray dog who becomes her guide and companion in making sense of the past and enjoying the present. 
 
All films are screened with English subtitles
 
For more information and ticket reservation, please click here.
 
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910

29th AFI European Union Film Showcase

When
December 1-18, 2016
Where
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy announces the AFI European Union Film Showcase.
For its 29th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase will screen 47 films, including five 2016 French co-productions. The festival features international film festival award winners and several U.S. premiers. 
 
THINGS TO COME (L'AVENIR)
by Mia Hansen-Løve 
France/Germany
 
Sat, Dec. 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 4 3:30 p.m.
 
The film tells the story of a Parisian woman in her sixties who must reinvent her life following an unexpected divorce. Nathalie must also deal with the failing health of her aged mother, a former actress who still hasn't given up the spotlight. The next several years will have their ups and downs, but Nathalie ultimately will come to know herself in a new and deeper way. 
 
SAINT AMOUR
By Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern 
France/Belgium
 
Fri, Dec. 9 | 7:15 p.m.
Thurs, Dec. 15 | 7:00 p.m.
 
The comedy follows a father-son duo, played by Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde on their road trip journey through France’s wine regions. Misadventures ensue including run-ins with characters played by Michel Houellebecq, Chiara Mastroianni, Ana Girardot, Andréa Ferréol, Ovidie and Céline Sallette. 
 
FRANTZ 
By François Ozon
France/Germany
 
Sat, Dec. 10 | 7:30 p.m.
 
François Ozon reimagines the moving 1932 antiwar story “Broken Lullaby” by Ernst Lubitsch with more mystery and bittersweet romance. French veteran Adrien visits the German town of Quedlinburg, where he places flowers at the grave of Frantz Hoffmeister, a German soldier killed in the war. The fallen man's parents and former fiancée Anna assume Adrien must be a friend from Frantz's days studying music in Paris, a misconception that the fragile-nerved Adrien allows them to believe. 
 
THE RED TURTLE (LA TORTUE ROUGE)
By Michaël Dudok de Wit
Japan/France/Belgium
 
Sun, Dec. 11 | 4:30 p.m.
 
Studio Ghibli's first-ever international coproduction, this moving, mostly hand-drawn and dialogue-free animated film is a parable about man and nature, life and death. A man is shipwrecked on a desert island. He builds a raft, intent on returning home, but an enormous red sea turtle causes it to capsize. The man builds a bigger raft, but the red turtle again destroys his work. Enraged, the man strikes the turtle, but instead of killing it, a mysterious transformation occurs. 
 
LOUISE BY THE SHORE (LOUISE EN HIVER)
U.S. Premiere
By Jean-François Laguionie
France/Canada
 
Thurs, Dec. 15 5:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 18 4:10 p.m.
 
This animated film is filled with different layers of meaning. Both sweet and melancholy, the story revolves around Louise, an unassuming elderly lady who becomes stranded alone in a seaside town during winter, and decides to stay put and live there until summer comes around. With little to occupy her time but to survive the elements and reflect on her fleeting memories, Louise befriends Pepper, a local stray dog who becomes her guide and companion in making sense of the past and enjoying the present. 
 
All films are screened with English subtitles
 
For more information and ticket reservation, please click here.
 
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