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.

Twenty early announcements are below; the complete schedule of approximately 45 films will be announced November 8.

The latest hyper-stylized genre homage — part grindhouse and part arthouse — from Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS) takes as its source material a '70s pulp crime novel from cult French author Jean-Patrick Manchette. DIR/SCR Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani; SCR from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid; PROD Eve Commenge. France/Belgium, 2017, color, 85 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
This multilayered examination of the struggle of the blue-collar working class holds a mirror to the political landscape in contemporary Portugal, and runs the gamut from cinema vérité to neorealist musical. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Pedro Pinho; SCR/PROD Tiago Hespanha, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo; PROD João Matos, Susana Nobre. Portugal, 2017, color, 177 min. In Portuguese and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
2018 Oscar® Selection, Poland
SPOOR [POKOT] – Poland
Winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, Agnieszka Holland's daringly funny eco-fable is equal parts JOHN WICK, OKJA and BROADCHURCH, with a healthy dash of Agatha Christie-eque small-town intrigue. DIR/SCR Agnieszka Holland; SCR Olga Tokarczuk, from her novel "Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead"; PROD Janusz Wachala, Krzysztof Zanussi. Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovakia, 2017, color, 128 min. In Polish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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

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 $600, 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.

Early-Bird Discount, Oct. 27–Nov. 9: $175 General Admission / $160 AFI Members
After Nov. 10: $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.