AFI presents its 20th annual European Union Film Showcase, a first-class selection of films from EU member states including US premieres, film festival award winners and box-office hits.

PERSEPOLIS

LIST OF FILMS by Country

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AFI thanks the cultural counselors of the EU member states and the European Commission Delegation in Washington, DC, for their invaluable assistance, and expresses its deep gratitude to João de Vallera, Portuguese Ambassador to the United States, Manuel Silva Pereira, Press Counselor, and to the Embassy of Portugal, Washington, DC.

Special thanks to: Sandi Auman and Anthony Smallwood, European Commission Delegation. Thank you also to 2007 EU Film Showcase Sponsors:









Because most films in the European Union Film Showcase have not been submitted to the MPAA rating system in the US, AFI has made its best efforts to inform audiences about any film content that could earn a restricted rating if released in the US. The following is a guide:

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SPECIAL EVENTS:

PORTUGAL:
OPENING NIGHT
Manoel de Oliveira in Person with

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, THE ENIGMA
[Cristóvão Colombo - O Enigma]

Thursday, November 1, 8:00

Official Selection, 2007 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals

Portugal's living cinematic legend Manoel de Oliveira dramatizes scholar Manuel Luciano da Silva's quest to prove that Christopher Columbus had a hidden identity—the famous Italian was born in a small Portuguese town.

DIR/SCR Manoel de Oliveira, based on the book Christopher Columbus was Portuguese by Manuel Luciano da Silva and Sílvia Jorge de Silva; PROD François d'Artemare. Portugal/France, 2007, color, 70 min. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles.

Manoel de Oliviera will be presented with the AFI Silver Legacy Award at the Opening Night Screening November 1, 2007

ENCORE PRESENTATION: Sunday, November 4, 12:30


Director Maria Iliou and special guests Former Senator Paul Sarbanes, author George Pelecanos and Historian Alexander Kitroff in person with:
THE JOURNEY: THE GREEK-AMERICAN DREAM
Thursday, November 8, 7:00

Reception followed by screening. Tickets $25 General Admission; $20 AFI Members

2007 Official Oscar submission from Greece for Best Foreign Language Film

Drawing on a wealth of previously unseen archival photographic and film footage from over fifty public and private collections, filmmaker Maria Iliou tells the fascinating history - on both sides of the Atlantic - of Greek immigrants to the United States. Featuring interviews with historian Alexander Kitroeff, former Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes, and other scholars and guests, she brings these stories and photographs to life, creating insightful commentary on the value of diversity and collective memory.

DIR/SCR/PROD Maria Iliou. Greece, 2007, 87 min.

Reception & Screening: Thursday, November 8, 7:00

Encore Screening: Friday, November 16, 7:00 Buy Tickets


FRANCE:
CLOSING NIGHT
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
[Le Scaphandre et le papillon]

Best Director, Cannes 2007
Official Selection, Toronto and New York Film Festivals

After being paralyzed in the prime of life by a debilitating stroke, French editor Jean-Dominique Bauby dictated his memoirs in a painstaking eye-blink code. Julian Schnabel's moving adaptation of the story is a wonder to behold. Forced in the opening scenes to contemplate the world as if locked in Bauby's shell of a body, staring out of his one good eye in maddeningly restrictive point-of-view shots, the audience is transported by the power of Bauby's imagination—and Schnabel and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's visual genius—into the rich world of his memory.

DIR Julian Schnabel; SCR Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby; PROD Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Kilik. France/US, 2007, color, 112 min. In English and French with English subtitles. RATED PG-13

Sunday, November 18, 7:30

Filmmakers and Special Guests Attending:

  • Portugal's Manoel de Oliveira with CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, THE ENIGMA, Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 (invite-only event);
  • Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona and screenwriter Sergio Sánchez with THE ORPHANAGE, Saturday, November 4 at 7:00;

  • Lithuanian actress Renata Veberyte-Loman with YOU AM I, Saturday, November 3 at 2:45 and Monday, November 5 at 7:00;

  • Romanian director Cristian Mungiu with 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (Palme d' Or Winner, 2007 Cannes Film Festival) on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00;

  • Former Senator Paul Sarbanes, author George Pelecanos, Historian Alexander Kitroff and the film's director Maria Iliou with THE JOURNEY: THE GREEK-AMERICAN DREAM, Thursday, November 8, at 7:00;

  • Noted Czech director, screenwriter and Oscar winner, Jiri Menzel, presenting his film, I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND on Monday, November 12 at 7:00 and 9:45;

  • Estonian actor Rain Tolk and director of photography Mart Taniel with their film AUTUMN BALL, on Saturday November 10 at 1:00; and,

  • Romanian director Catalin Mitulescu and actress Dorotheea Petre with their film THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD on Saturday, November 10 at 5:20 and Sunday, November 11 at 5:30.

Official Oscar Selections:

2007 Selections:

I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND (Czech Republic)
THE ART OF CRYING (Denmark)
A MAN'S JOB (Finland)
PERSEPOLIS (France)
TAXIDERMIA (Hungary)
KINGS (Ireland)
LITTLE SECRETS (Luxembourg)
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Romania)
THE ORPHANAGE (Spain)

2006 Selections:

MONKEYS IN WINTER (Bulgaria)
THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD (Romania)
GRAVEHOPPING (Slovenia)

Films By Country:
( AFI member passes will be accepted.)

Austria
IMPORT/EXPORT

Belgium
EX-DRUMMER

Bulgaria
MONKEYS IN WINTER [Maimuni prez zimata]

CHRISTMAS TREE UPSIDE DOWN [Obarnata elha]

Cyprus
AKAMAS

Czech Republic
I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND [Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále]

Denmark
THE ART OF CRYING [Kunsten at graede i kor]

Estonia
AUTUMN BALL [Sügisball]

Finland
A MAN'S JOB

France
PERSEPOLIS

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

Germany
YELLA

SUMMER 04

Greece
SUGARTOWN: THE BRIDEGROOMS [Sugartown: Oi gabroi]

THE JOURNEY: THE GREEK-AMERICAN DREAM
Special Event - Screening & Reception, 11/8, Tickets $25; $20 AFI Members
Encore Screening, 11/16

Hungary
TAXIDERMIA

THE MAN FROM LONDON [A Londoni férfi]

Ireland
KINGS

Italy
THE CAIMAN [Il Caimano]

MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD [Mio fratello è figlio unico]

Latvia
VOGELFREI

Lithuania
YOU AM I

Luxembourg
LITTLE SECRETS [Perl oder Pica]

Netherlands
WOLFSBERGEN

Poland
HOPE [Nadzieja]

Portugal
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, THE ENIGMA [Cristóvão Colombo - O Enigma]
Special Event - Opening Night 11/1, By Invitation Only
Encore Screening, 11/4

BELLE TOUJOURS

Romania
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, AND 2 DAYS [4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile]

THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD [Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii]

Slovenia
GRAVEHOPPING [Odgrobadogroba]

Spain
THE ORPHANAGE [El Orfanato]

Sweden
TO LOVE SOMEONE [Den man älskar]

YOU, THE LIVING [Du, levande]

United Kingdom
CONTROL