The 2014 AFI-EU Film Showcase opens today at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Presented by the American Film Institute (AFI) in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and EU Member States, the festival showcases the best in current European filmmaking and this year’s selection includes more than 50 films shown throughout the month of December (the 27th edition of the festival runs from December 3-21, 2014.)
French and French-language films are well represented, as always:
The Dardenne brothers’ “Two days, one night” (showing Fri, Dec 12, 7:30 and Sun, Dec 14, 3:40), Belgium’s official selection for the Oscars
Girlhood (Thu, Dec 4, 9:45pm and Sat, Dec 6, 10pm)
Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery which is premiering on the festival’s closing night and is a clever nod on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (Dec 20, 8pm.) The screening will be following by a reception sponsored by the European Union Delegation to the United States.
Gemma Bovery, with Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton
On Saturdays December 6, 13 and 20, from 5-7pm, the theater is also offering wine samples from the countries showcased that particular day. That means French wine on the 20th! On the 14th, don’t miss a special free screening of 3 short films on December 14 at 5:45pm. The films include Castello Cavalcanti by Wes Anderson and a French language movie called Les Lézards.
Click here for more information on the 2014 AFI-EU Film Showcase and to view a full schedule.
You can download the film on iTunes for a fee but if you’re in DC, you can also screen them for free at Malmaison and Napoleon Bistro and Lounge. Starting on February 3rd, Napoleon will screen Augustine and Le jour des Corneilles (2/3 at 7PM), Au galop and Comme un Lion (2/4 at 7PM) and J’enrage de son Absence and Mobile Home (2/5 at 7PM). After that the festival continues at Malmaison with La Vierge, les Coptes et Moi and Mariage à Mendoza (2/6 at 7PM) and all of the short films on the 8th.
I haven’t seen or heard much about any of the films (Augustine does screen on Netflix right now though) so I can’t really tell you much about them. Let me know if you see any of them and they are any good though!!