The best of European cinema…without the jet lag.

Now in its 30th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington, DC-area audiences. This year's selection of over 40 films includes international film festival award winners, European box office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

This year's selection of stellar European films will once again bring international film festival award winners, box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents to Washington, DC-area audiences. Highlights include Michael Haneke's Cannes-premiered HAPPY END, starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant; the U.S. premiere of Austrian actor Josef Hader's hilarious directorial debut WILD MOUSE [WILDE MAUS]; Estonia's prizewinning 2018 Oscar® Selection, NOVEMBER; Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's Berlin-debuted THE YOUNG KARL MARX; Agnieszka Holland's eco-satire SPOOR, Poland's 2018 Oscar® Selection; breakout French drama CUSTODY, winner of the Best Director award at the 2017 Venice Film Festival; the U.S. Premiere of Swedish director Jens Assur's bleakly beautiful rural drama RAVENS; and Spain's acclaimed 2018 Oscar® Selection, SUMMER 1993.

Look for the December issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI European Union Film Showcase, inside the Washington Post Express on November 16!

Opening Night:

The feature narrative debut from Danish documentarian Janus Metz (ARMADILLO) chronicles the lead-up to the 1980 Wimbledon final between then four-time champ Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) of Sweden and rising American star John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf). Portrayed by the media as opposites, with Borg cast as the cold-blooded, hyper-disciplined machine versus McEnroe's fiery, temperamental young rebel, the two are revealed to have much more in common than their public personae allow. Metz examines the inner game of high-level sports, where an athlete's competition is as much with himself as with his opponent. Stellan Skarsgård shines as Borg's coach Lennart Bergelin. Opening Night selection, 2017 Toronto Film Festival. DIR Janus Metz; SCR Ronnie Sandahl; PROD Jon Nohrstedt, Fredrik Wikström. Sweden/Denmark/Finland, 2017, color, 107 min. In English, Swedish, French, German and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Opening Night: Fri, Dec. 1, 7:15 p.m. with post-screening reception
Also screening Sat, Dec. 2, 3:45 p.m.


Tickets & Passports

Single Tickets
$15 General Admission
$13 AFI Members (2-star level & higher)


Can't get enough of European film? With the 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 and Special Presentations. At the end of the showcase, you can see how many countries you "visited" by checking the stamps in your Passport. Valued at more than $650, the Passport is an incredible deal!

*Passport does not guarantee admission for late arrivals.* Empty seats are opened to standby patrons 10 min prior to showtime, and late seating is subject to management discretion. Passport holders should plan to arrive at least 10 min prior to showtime to ensure admission.

$200 General Public / $175 AFI Members

No AFI Member or readmit passes accepted for screenings in the AFI European Union Film Showcase; no refunds on ticket purchases in the AFI European Union Film Showcase.

All films screened in DCP format.

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