Friday, November 21, 2014

AFI European Union Film Showcase Announces 2014 Lineup

Warsaw Uprising opens this year's AFI European Union Film Showcase

From our friends at the AFI Silver Theatre...

Opens with Poland's Warsaw Uprising; Closes with U.S. Premiere of Gemma Bovery

27th Edition of Festival Runs December 3-31 with More Than 50 Films

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the complete slate of films for the 2014 edition of its AFI European Union Film Showcase - taking place from December 3-21 at the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Now in its 27th year, the festival showcases the year’s best European filmmaking - featuring a selection of more than 50 films from 27 of the 28 European Union Member States, including international film festival award winners, regional box office hits, debut works by promising new talents and many countries’ official submissions for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category.

This year’s AFI European Union Film Showcase will open on December 3 with Poland’s WARSAW UPRISING. Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, director Jan Komasa worked with six hours of authentic documentary and newsreel footage to assemble an incredible non-fiction narrative. This film will be introduced by its producer/writer Jan Ołdakowski, who is also the Director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum. Additionally, Komasa’s CITY 44, a big-budget, fictionalized version of the Warsaw Uprising story, will screen on December 5 and 9.

The festival’s Special Presentations section includes: THE IMITATION GAME (United Kingdom), starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley; Mike Leigh’s MR. TURNER (United Kingdom), starring Timothy Spall; Olivier Assayas’ CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (France), starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz; the U.S. premiere of the Emma Thompson-scripted biopic EFFIE GRAY (United Kingdom), starring Dakota Fanning; the Dardenne brothers’ TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Belgium), starring Marion Cotillard; Tomm Moore’s animated SONG OF THE SEA (Ireland), short-listed for the Oscars’ Best Animated Feature category; and festival circuit favorite Yann Demange’s ’71 (United Kingdom), starring Jack O’Connell (UNBROKEN), who also appears in festival selection PRIVATE PEACEFUL (United Kingdom).

The Closing Night presentation is the U.S. premiere of Anne Fontaine’s GEMMA BOVERY (France), starring Gemma Arterton, Fabrice Luchini and Elsa Zylberstein.

Among the films featured are a number of 2014 Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film, including TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Belgium); COWBOYS (Croatia); TANGERINES (Estonia/Georgia); CONCRETE NIGHT (Finland); BELOVED SISTERS (Germany); LITTLE ENGLAND (Greece); THE GAMBLER (Lithuania); HUMAN CAPITAL (Italy); WHAT NOW? REMIND ME (Portugal); and THE JAPANESE DOG (Romania). 2013 Foreign Language submissions include FREE RANGE: BALLAD ON APPROVING OF THE WORLD (Estonia) and CLASS ENEMY (Slovenia).

The complete list of U.S. premieres includes:

•  EFFIE GRAY (United Kingdom)



•  GEMMA BOVERY (France)


•  LOSE MY SELF (Germany)

•  NOWHERE IN MORAVIA (Czech Republic)



•  STRATOS (Greece)


Click here for a full list of films.