AFI Silver Kicks Off an All-Virtual European Union Film Showcase Next Week

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center has announced the complete slate of films presented online for the 2020 AFI European Union Film Showcase, which will take place December 2–20.

“Now in its 33rd year, the Showcase, which typically takes place at the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, is one of the largest and long-running showcases of European cinema in the United States,” according to a release from the Theatre. “While the AFI Silver Theatre remains temporarily closed, this year’s Showcase has been re-imagined as a virtual event set to highlight 48 films representing 25 EU member states, including award winners, regional box office hits, debut works by up-and-coming talents and new works by leading auteurs, plus 12 U.S. and North American premieres, and seven submissions for this year’s Academy Award® for Best International Feature Film. More than half of the titles in the Showcase will be available to view online from anywhere in the United States.”

This year’s AFI European Union Film Showcase opens on December 2 with César winner Martin Provost’s (SÉRAPHINE, THE MIDWIFE, VIOLETTE) big-hearted feminist comedy HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE, starring Juliette Binoche as a buttoned-up finishing school headmistress caught up in the revolutionary spirit of May 1968. The Closing Selection, scheduled to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, is German director Niki Stein’s sweeping Beethoven biopic LOUIS VAN BEETHOVEN, starring Tobias Moretti (THE DARK VALLEY, THE GERMAN LESSON, A HIDDEN LIFE) and Anselm Bresgott (THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD) as the great composer.

Moviegoers can find more information and tickets at the AFI Silver website.

Photo: Embassy of Poland U.S. / Twitter

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