AFI European Union Film Showcase 2011
November 3-22


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

Now in its 24th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase features a first-class selection of films from EU member states. This year's selection of 44 films includes multiple 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. Highlights of the festival include Opening Night film THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH, Pawel Pawlikowski's moody thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas; Aki Kaurismäki's quirkily inspiring charmer LE HAVRE; the Dardenne brothers' Cannes Grand Prix winner THE KID WITH A BIKE; David Cronenberg's razor-sharp drama about Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and the woman who came between them, A DANGEROUS METHOD, starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley; THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Terence Davies' adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play, starring Rachel Weisz; and the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of John le Carré's seminal Cold War thriller, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, featuring an all-star cast including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and John Hurt, directed by Sweden's Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN).

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

Special thanks to Ambassador Robert Kupiecki, Culture, Press and Public Relations Officer Malgorzata Szum, and the staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland for their leadership and invaluable support as the current holders of the EU Presidency.

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 and steadfast support.

AFI Member passes will be accepted at all screenings in the AFI European Film Showcase series except Opening Night and Closing Night.

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

= sexuality    = violence    = drug use    = strong language   

Click here to download this year's Film Guide (pdf)

TICKETS AND PASSES

General Admission: $12/$10 AFI Members
Opening Night: $15/$12 AFI Members
Closing Night: $20/$15 AFI Members

The Passport is back!
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 and Closing Night, plus Centerpiece screenings, 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 $500!
$175/$135 for AFI Members

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A PASSPORT

Combo Ticket Package
If you plan to buy six 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 $9 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 Special Presentations or shows with a higher ticket price.

Weekly Happy Hours

Stop by the café on select days during the festival from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for Happy Hour! Happy Hours feature European drink specials, complimentary snacks courtesy of local restaurants and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before your film.

Happy Hour dates: November 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18

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

Opening Night
THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH
Scheduled to appear: actress Joanna Kulig

Desperate to reconnect with his embittered ex-wife and young daughter, American academic Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives unannounced on their doorstep in Paris and is turned away. Ricks' bad luck continues as he's robbed on the metro, forcing him to check into a fleabag hotel and take an odd security guard job while he plots to contact his daughter. Attending a book party, he meets the elegant Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas) who takes an interest in his writing; at the same time, he kindles a friendship with the hotel's pretty barmaid Ania (Joanna Kulig). But Ricks doesn't know either woman as well as he should. A moody existential thriller. Official Selection, 2011 Toronto Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Pawel Pawlikowski, based on the novel by Douglas Kennedy; PROD Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta. Poland/France/UK, 2011, color, 83 min. In English and French with English subtitles. RATED R

Thu, Nov 3, 7:30, reception to follow

Opening Night: $15/$12 AFI Members
No passes accepted.
Official site
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Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.


Centerpiece Screening
LE HAVRE
2011 Oscar Selection, Finland

Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki delivers his most heartwarming film yet, animated by a stirring vision of community rarely seen outside of Golden Age-era cinema. In France's port of Le Havre, artist-cum-shoeshiner Marcel Marx (André Wilms) always looks out for number one, but his outlook changes after his wife Arletty (Kati Outinen) falls ill. When he meets a young boy (Blondin Miguel) who has escaped from a cargo container full of West African stowaways, he makes a snap decision to hide the lad from the local fuzz, including Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), ultimately enlisting the dockside's many colorful characters to help find the boy safe passage.

DIR/SCR/PROD Aki Kaurismäki. Finland/France/Germany, 2011, color, 103 min. In Finnish and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sat, Nov 5, 8:15; Sun, Nov 6, 7:15

Trailer
Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.


Centerpiece Screening
THE DEEP BLUE SEA

England, around 1950: a beautiful woman takes a handful of pills and turns on the gas in a modest flat, but her landlady and neighbors smell the fumes. Flashbacks reveal that the woman (Rachel Weisz) is having an affair with a boozy ex-RAF flyer (Tom Hiddleston), though she is married to distinguished Lord Collyer. This adaptation of the 1952 Terence Rattigan play plumbs the depths of passion and lonely desperation of its characters, with canny period detail and telling dialogue giving resonance to the deprivation and jadedness of postwar England. Exquisite performances from Weisz, Hiddleston and stage legend Simon Russell Beale as Collyer. Official Selection, 2011 Toronto Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Terence Davies, based on the play by Terence Rattigan; PROD Sean O'Connor, Kate Ogborn. UK/US, 2011, color, 98 min. In English. NOT RATED

Thu, Nov 17, 7:20

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Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.


Centerpiece Screening
A DANGEROUS METHOD

Unruly passions, the mysteries of the mind and the perils of interpersonal relationships are given incisive, thought-provoking treatment in this mesmerizing masterpiece by David Cronenberg. Based on real events that occurred in the lives of psychoanalysts Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and a brilliant but troubled young woman (Keira Knightley) who was treated by both men, with complex consequences. Career-best performances from the cast, Christopher Hampton's brilliant screenplay and Cronenberg's intensely focused, intelligent direction make this one of the must-see films of the year. Official Selection, 2011 Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York Film Festivals

DIR David Cronenberg; SCR Christopher Hampton, based on his play "The Talking Cure" and the book "A Most Dangerous Method" by John Kerr; PROD Jeremy Thomas. UK/Germany/Canada/France/Ireland, 2011, color, 93 min. In English. RATED R

Fri, Nov 18, 7:30 – sold out*

*No more advance tickets available; standby line begins 30 min prior to showtime.
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Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.


Closing Night
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Scheduled to appear: director Tomas Alfredson and actor Gary Oldman

Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, 2009 AFI European Union Film Showcase) directs an all-star cast in this new adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 Cold War spy novel, previously the source of 1979's BBC miniseries. The feature stars Gary Oldman, who brings a watchful intensity to the role of British intelligence vet George Smiley, a patient and prudent technocrat. Forcibly retired from the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Smiley is unexpectedly summoned back and briefed on the presence of a mole among MI6's leadership. The suspects are narrowed to striving Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), suave Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), bullish Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds), shifty Toby Esterhase (David Dencik) and Smiley himself. With the mole still at large, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will only escalate. The mole's trail remains cold until maverick field agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) unexpectedly makes contact...The cast also includes Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham, John Hurt, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney and Mark Strong. Official Selection, 2011 Venice Film Festival.

DIR Tomas Alfredson; SCR Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John le Carré; PROD Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo. UK/France/Germany, 2011, color, 128 min. In English. RATED R

Mon, Nov 21, 7:30 – sold out*

*No more advance tickets available; standby line begins 30 min prior to showtime.

Closing Night: $20/$15 AFI Members
No passes accepted.

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Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.