The best of European cinema...without the jet lag.

Now in its 26th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington audiences.

This year's selection of more than 50 films includes award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

AFI thanks the embassy cultural counselors of the EU member states and the European Union Delegation to the USA in Washington, DC, for their continuing support of the AFI European Union Film Showcase.

Special thanks also to Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the USA João Vale de Almeida and the staff of the Delegation for their generous support.

Highlights of the 2013 AFI European Union Film Showcase:

Opening Night: WALESA. MAN OF HOPE (2013 Oscar Selection, Poland).

Special Presentations: GRAND PIANO (Spain), LE WEEK-END (UK), THE CHEF (France), ONE CHANCE (UK) and CHILD'S POSE (2013 Oscar Selection, Romania).

Closing Night: ALAN PARTRIDGE (UK)

PLUS: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (UK), THE PAST (France; 2013 Oscar Selection, Iran), CYCLING WITH MOLIERE (France), SALVO (Italy), THE PRIEST'S CHILDREN (Croatia), LA MAISON DE LA RADIO (France), MOTHER, I LOVE YOU (2013 Oscar Selection, Latvia) and WE ARE THE BEST! (Sweden).

Look for the November/December issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI European Union Film Showcase, inside the November 15 Washington Post!

Tickets & Passports!

Can't get enough of European film? With the AFI European Union Film Showcase Passport, you'll zip right past customs (the AFI Silver box office) and be admitted to every film in the showcase, NO TICKETS NEEDED. The all-access Passport gives you admission for one to every screening — including Opening Night and other Special Presentations, as well as access to Happy Hours. At the end of the showcase, you can see how many countries you've "visited" by checking the stamps in your Passport! Valued at more than $600!

Show your Passport at la Madeleine (8433 Georgia Ave) and receive FREE soupe or salade with any purchase, Dec 5-22!

$175 General Admission/$135 for AFI Members

If you plan to buy eight or more tickets to films in the AFI European Union Film Showcase, in any combination, ask for the Combo Ticket Package discounted rate of just $10 per ticket. (Normal ticket price is $12.) You can buy several tickets to one show, or one ticket to several shows! It's perfect for families attending shows together and festival-goers who, having planned out their schedule of must-see shows in advance, are ready to buy all their tickets ahead of time — before shows start to sell out! 

Combo Ticket Package purchases must be completed at the AFI Silver box office in a single transaction. The Combo Ticket offer is for tickets to SPECIFIC shows selected by you! It is NOT a pass, nor a voucher for a future show to be determined later. Combo Tickets may not be used for Opening Night, Closing Night, Special Presentations or shows with a higher ticket price.


Stop by the café on select days during the festival from 6:00–7:00 p.m. for Happy Hour! Happy Hours feature European drink specials, complimentary snacks courtesy of La Madeleine and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before or after your film.

Happy Hour dates: December 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.

Happy Hour specials are valid only for Passport holders and filmgoers attending shows in the AFI European Union Film Showcase on the given dates.

Beer Garden
Saturday, Dec 7, 3:30-8:30 p.m.
While you're sampling the films of Europe, try the beers! AFI Silver hosts a European-style Beer Garden in the lobby for one day only, featuring samples of five delicious beers from across the European Union. Admission to the Beer Garden is $10.
Prost! Na Zdraví! Zivjeli! Skål! Tervist! Kippis! Salud! Na zdrowie! Santé! Jamas! Egészségedre! Sláinte! Salute! I sveikata! Saude! Noroc! Cheers!

Show your ticket stub --from any film in the AFI European Union Film Showcase-- at la Madeleine (8433 Georgia Ave) and receive 10% off your entire order! Valid Dec. 5-22 at the Silver Spring location only.

No passes accepted for screenings in the AFI European Union Film Showcase.

All films screened in DCP format.

Because most films in the AFI European Union Film Showcase have not been evaluated by the MPAA rating system in the US, AFI Silver has made its best effort to inform audiences about any content that could lead to a restricted rating if released here. The following is intended as a guide:

S sex      V violence      D drug use      L language

Opening Night:


2013 Oscar Selection, Poland
Q&A with actor Robert Wieckiewicz at both screenings, plus post-screening reception Dec. 5, sponsored by the European Union Delegation to the USA.

Andrzej Wajda (KATYN, ASHES AND DIAMONDS) brings the story of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement to the big screen. Robert Wieckiewicz (IN DARKNESS) is magnetic as Walesa, while Agnieszka Grochowska shines as his loyal wife, Danuta. The sharp screenplay by Janusz Glowacki hinges on Walesa's landmark 1981 interview, just months before Poland declared martial law, with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci (Maria Rosaria Omaggio), recounting in flashback the previous decade-and-a-half of activism; Walesa would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. Official Selection, 2013 Venice, Toronto, London, Warsaw Film Festivals.

DIR Andrzej Wajda; SCR Janusz Glowacki; PROD Michal Kwiecinski. Poland, 2013, color, 128 min. In Polish and Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED V

No passes accepted.

Opening Night: Thu, Dec 5, 7:15 (also showing Sat, Dec 7, 1:00)

Special Presentation:


Q&A with filmmaker Eugenio Mira, plus post-screening reception sponsored by SPAIN arts & culture, Embassy of Spain, on Dec 6

Lured out of retirement, disgraced pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) attempts to conquer his nerves and rejuvenate his career with a tribute performance to his mentor. But when he sits down at the piano in front of a sold-out crowd, he finds a terrifying message: "Play a wrong note and you die." Now Tom must overcome the ultimate case of stage fright, and discover who has it in for him. This spine-tingling thriller from Spanish filmmaker and rising star Eugenio Mira provides a fresh take on its Hitchcockian setup, and was a sensation at the 2013 Fantastic Fest. With John Cusack and Kerry Bishé.

DIR Eugenio Mira; SCR Damien Chazelle; PROD Rodrigo Cortés, Adrián Guerra. Spain, 2012, color, 90 min. In English. NOT RATED V L

No passes accepted.

Special Presentation: Fri, Dec 6, 7:30 (also showing Sat, Dec 7, 10:30)

Special Presentation:

United Kingdom


Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi's latest collaboration (following THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA, THE MOTHER
and VENUS) follows a middle-aged academic couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) from Birmingham, England, celebrating their 30th anniversary in Paris, the site of their honeymoon. But after a series of mishaps, misunderstandings and spats, will this trip to the City of Light rekindle the fire of their love, or snuff it out? Veteran character actors Broadbent and Duncan shine in the leads, with Jeff Goldblum lending offbeat comic counterpoint as an old Cambridge colleague of Broadbent's, now wildly successful and living in Paris. Official Selection, 2013 Toronto, New York Film Festivals.

DIR Roger Michell; SCR Hanif Kureishi; PROD Kevin Loader. UK, 2013, color, 93 min. In English. NOT RATED D L

No passes accepted.

Sat, Dec 7, 8:30

Presented with support from

Special Presentation:

United Kingdom


The inspiring true story of Paul Potts, a cell phone salesman in Port Talbot, Wales, whose long-held dream to make it as an opera singer came true after he won the first season of British telly's reality hit BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT, comes to the big screen in a big way, courtesy of director David Frankel (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) and rising star James Corden (GAVIN & STACEY, THE HISTORY BOYS, Tony Award winner for "One Man, Two Guvnors"). The terrific cast includes Julie Walters, Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook, Alexandra Roach and, as himself, Simon Cowell.

DIR David Frankel; SCR Justin Zackham; PROD Simon Cowell, Michael Menchel, Kris Thykier, Harvey Weinstein, Brad Weston. UK/US, 2013, color, 103 min. In English. RATED PG-13 L

No passes accepted.

Sat, Dec 14, 8:00

Special Presentation:


THE CHEF [Comme un Chef]

Foodies will delight at this effervescent comedy set in the Parisian restaurant world. Seasoned chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is the famous face of Paris staple and three-star restaurant Cargo Lagarde. But Stanislaw (Julien Boisselier), the meddlesome son of his deceased business partner, wants to modernize the chef's classic French cuisine, and cut costs and corners to turn a profit. Jacky (Michaël Youn) is an oddball self-taught cook and father-to-be who dreams of making it as a professional chef to provide for his new family. Fate introduces the two men, and together they cook up a scheme to save the Cargo Lagarde. Official Selection, 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Daniel Cohen; PROD Sidonie Dumas. France/Spain, 2012, color, 84 min. In French with English subtitles. RATED PG-13 L

No passes accepted.

Special Presentation: Fri, Dec 13, 7:30 (also showing Sun, Dec 15, 4:15)

Special Presentation:


CHILD'S POSE [Pozitia copilului]
2013 Oscar Selection, Romania

Detained at the local police station after being involved in a fatal traffic accident, intoxicated thirtysomething Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) gets bailed out by his mother, the formidable Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu, in a tour-de-force performance). Bursting onto the scene with her pal Olga (Natasa Raab) in tow, bedecked in a fur coat and in high dudgeon, Cornelia immediately takes charge of the situation, letting the cops know she has friends in high places and is not someone to be trifled with. Over the coming days Cornelia will continue to bully, cajole and wheedle all those involved in deciding her son's fate, which comes naturally to her. But the impassive Barbu, increasingly resentful of his mother's domination, comes to realize that he has a say in his fate, too. Writer/director Calin Peter Netzer (MEDAL OF HONOR) collaborates with celebrated screenwriter Razvan Radulescu (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS; THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU; TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS) in this intelligent, hard-hitting drama. FIPRESCI Prize, 2013 Berlin Film Festival, Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival.

DIR/SCR/PROD Calin Peter Netzer; SCR Razvan Radulescu; PROD Ada Solomon. Romania, 2013, color, 112 min. In Romanian with English subtitles. NOT RATED L

No passes accepted.

Fri, Dec 20, 7:30

Closing Night:

United Kingdom

Reception to follow screening

Steve Coogan's signature comic creation, the cringe- inducing, self-aggrandizing media personality Alan Partridge, has seen his career trajectory rise and fall, from regional radio presenter to national TV talk-show host and back again. Now, at career ebb, Partridge vaults onto the silver screen! When a recently sacked radio DJ (Colm Meaney) takes the staff of Radio Norwich hostage at gunpoint, rival radio presenter Partridge is thrown into the dangerous position of acting as go-between in the tense standoff between the police, the gunman and the aggressive media horde covering the crisis. At the center of a media circus...there's nowhere he'd rather be.

DIR Declan Lowney; SCR Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci; PROD Kevin Loader, Henry Normal. UK, 2013, color, 90 min. In English. NOT RATED L

No passes accepted.

Sat, Dec 21, 8:00

AFI would like to thank the following supporters:





Royal Danish Embassy | Embassy of Finland | Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of the Republic of Poland | Embassy of Spain | SPAIN arts & culture