For its 29th year, the American Film Institute (AFI) European Union Film Showcase will screen 47 films, including five 2016 French co-productions. The festival features international film festival award winners and several U.S. premiers.
Things to Come (L’avenir) by Mia Hansen-Løve
Sat, Dec. 3, 2pm
Sun, Dec. 4, 3:30pm
Nathalie, a Parisian woman in her sixties, must reinvent her life following an unexpected divorce.She also have to deal with the failing health of her aged mother. The next several years will have their ups and downs, but Nathalie ultimately will come to know herself in a new and deeper way.
Saint Amour by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern
Fri, Dec. 9, 7:15pm
Thurs, Dec. 15, 7pm
The comedy follows a father-son duo, played by Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde on their road trip journey through France’s wine regions.
Frantz by François Ozon
Sat, Dec. 10, 7:30pm
French veteran Adrien visits the German town of Quedlinburg, where he places flowers at the grave of Frantz Hoffmeister, a German soldier killed in the war. The fallen man’s parents and former fiancée Anna assume Adrien must be a friend from Frantz’s days studying music in Paris, a misconception that the fragile-nerved Adrien allows them to believe.
The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) by Michaël Dudok de Wit
Sun, Dec. 11, 4:30pm
Studio Ghibli’s first-ever international coproduction, this moving, mostly hand-drawn and dialogue-free animated film is a parable about man and nature, life and death. A man shipwrecked on a desert island builds a raft, intent on returning home, but an enormous red sea turtle causes it to capsize.Enraged, the man strikes the turtle, but instead of killing it, a mysterious transformation occurs.
Louise by the Shore (Louise en mer) by Jean-François Laguionie
Thurs, Dec. 15, 5:30pm
Sun, Dec. 18, 4:10pm
Both sweet and melancholy, the story revolves around Louise, an unassuming elderly lady who becomes stranded alone in a seaside town during winter, and decides to stay put and live there until summer comes around. She befriends Pepper, a local stray dog who becomes her guide and companion in making sense of the past and enjoying the present.
All films are screened with English subtitles