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May 26
Film Series
POSTPONED | The Confession Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

30th AFI European Union Film Showcase

Juliette Binoche in Let The Sunshine In by Claire Denis

Now in its 30th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington, DC-area audiences. The festival features international film festival award winners, European box office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film. This year's selection of over 40 films includes a dozen of French  productions and co-productions.

  • LET THE SUNSHINE IN [Un beau soleil intérieur] by Claire Denis
    France/Belgium, 2017, color, 94 min. In French with English subtitles.
    Claire Denis turns rom-com conventions inside out with this portrait of artist and divorcée Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) who juggles a succession of lovers. Sooner or later, each of the men proves to be incompatible with Isabelle's needs, and yet the eternally searching Isabelle finds moments of sunny bliss where others would see only darkness.
    Sat, Dec. 2, 8:30 p.m.; Thurs, Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m.
  • A VIOLENT LIFE [Une vie violente] by Thierry de Peretti
    France, 2017, color, 107 min. In French with English subtitles.
    Paris, 2001: student Stéphane receives a phone call from back home in Corsica telling him that his childhood friend Christophe has been murdered by a criminal gang. Loosely based on real-life events, Corsican-born filmmaker Thierry de Peretti delivers a meditative rumination on the place where complicated national histories, identity politics and organized crime intersect.
    Wed, Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m.; Thurs, Dec. 7, 9:20 p.m.
  • LOVER FOR A DAY [L'Amant d'un jour] by Philippe Garrel
    France, 2017, b&w, 76 min. In French with English subtitles.
    After a bad breakup, Jeanne moves in with her father, Gilles, a professor who has begun a relationship with one of his students, Ariane, who at 23 is the same age as Jeanne. Initially an awkward situation for the three, in time Jeanne and Ariane form a fine friendship. But Gilles and Ariane's no-strings-attached pursuit of pleasure may not last.
    Fri, Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m.; Sun, Dec. 10, 8:00 p.m.; Tue, Dec. 12, 9:30 p.m.
  • NOCTURAMA by Bertrand Bonello
    France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, color, 130 min. In French with English subtitles.
    Bertrand Bonello's provocative, slightly surreal portrait of contemporary terrorism depicts a cell of suburban teenagers, students and shop workers as the perpetrators of a coordinated bombing attack across Paris.
    Sat, Dec. 9, 10:10 p.m.; Thurs, Dec. 14, 9:00 p.m.
  • THE WORKSHOP [L'Atelier] by Laurent Cantet
    France, 2017, color, 113 min. In French with English subtitles.
    Winner of the Palme d'Or for THE CLASS, Laurent Cantet returns with another school-set story, a social drama that verges into thriller territory.
    Sun, Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m.; Wed, Dec. 13, 9:20 p.m.
  • CUSTODY [Jusqu'à la garde] by Xavier Legrand
    France, 2017, color, 93 min. In French with English subtitles.
    Filmmaker Xavier Legrand won Best Director and the Silver Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival for this precisely observed portrait of a broken family and the impending threat posed by an obsessive ex-husband.
    Sat, Dec. 16, 2:00 p.m.; Mon, Dec. 18, 7:20 p.m.