Now in its 29th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington, DC-area audiences. This year's selection of 47 films includes international film festival award winners, European box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus nine U.S. premieres and 14 countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

AFI thanks all the embassy cultural counselors of the EU member states and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States 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 David O'Sullivan and the staff of the Delegation for their generous support.

Opening Night:

Beatrice is a strong-willed though undeniably delusional mental patient at a facility in Tuscany. Villa Biondi used to belong to Beatrice's aristocratic family, but now it's a psychiatric hospital for women. Beatrice tells herself that she's just there for a rest and treats the staff and fellow patients as if they are servants. When busybody Beatrice takes an interest in troubled young newcomer Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti), who has had her child taken away, Beatrice decides the two need to escape the villa to right these wrongs. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi gives a powerhouse performance as Beatrice in Paolo Virzì's (HUMAN CAPITAL) winning, wacky comedy about female friendship. DIR/SCR Paolo Virzì; SCR Francesca Archibugi; PROD Marco Belardi. Italy/France, 2016, color, 118 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Opening Night: Thu, Dec 1, 7:30 with reception, tickets $20/$18 AFI Members
Also screening Thu, Dec 8, 7:15


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Tickets & Passports

$14 General Admission
$12 AFI Members (2-star level & higher)


Can't get enough of European film? With the 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 and Closing Night and Special Presentations, as well as access to a special Passport-holder event. At the end of the showcase, you can see how many countries you "visited" by checking the stamps in your Passport. Valued at more than $650, the Passport is an incredible deal!

*Passport does not guarantee admission for late arrivals.* Empty seats are opened to standby patrons 10 min prior to showtime, and late seating is subject to management discretion. Passport holders should plan to arrive at least 10 min prior to showtime to ensure admission.

$200 General Public / $175 AFI Members


No AFI Member or readmit passes accepted for screenings in the AFI European Union Film Showcase; no refunds on ticket purchases in the AFI European Union Film Showcase.

All films screened in DCP format.

AFI thanks the following supporters:


Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Cultural Sponsors

Embassy of Belgium
Embassy of Croatia
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Embassy of Finland
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of Poland
Embassy of Portugal
Italian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Italy
Royal Danish Embassy