AFI European Union Film Showcase: See the Best in European Cinema
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The last date listed for AFI European Union Film Showcase was Saturday December 21, 2013 / 6:00pm (The Sea).
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 1:10pm: *_A Lady in Paris [Une Estonienne á Paris]* _
Screen legend Jeanne Moreau plays Frida, a curmudgeonly Estonian ex-pat living in Paris who recently attempted suicide. Anne (Laine Mägi) is the unfortunate woman charged with being her caretaker. Herself an Estonian living abroad, Anne quickly learns that prickly wisecracker Frida doesn’t want her help and solely craves the attention of her much younger former lover Stéphane (Patrick Pineau). Estonian filmmaker Ilmar Raag (The Class) gives Moreau her best role in years as the acid- tongued Frida in this elegant dramedy of manners. Official Selection, 2012 Locarno Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Ilmar Raag; SCR Agnès Feuvre, Lise Macheboeuf; PROD Miléna Poylo, Gilles Sacuto, Riina Sildos. France/Estonia/Belgium, 2012, color, 94 min. In French and Estonian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 12:45pm: *_*Garibaldi’s Lovers aka The Commander and the Stork [Il comandante e la cicogna]*_
The latest from Silvio Soldini (Bread and Tulips) is a comedic love story about two quirky individuals finding each other. Widowed plumber Leo (Valerio Mastandrea) does his best to raise his teenaged son and daughter, but is frequently at a loss, a fact he kvetches about late at night to the ghost of his deceased wife (Claudia Gerini)—whose fun-filled afterlife and I-told-you-so attitude about her husband’s tribulations provide little comfort. Into his life comes starving artist Diana (Alba Rohrwacher), who has her own baggage, but perhaps together they can share the burden. Above it all presides the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, ruminating on the sorry state of the nation, and occasionally arguing with the neighboring monuments. Official Selection, 2012 Venice Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Silvio Soldini; SCR Doriana Leondeff, Marco Pettenello; PROD Lionello Cerri. Italy/Switzerland/France, 2012, color, 108 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at 6:00pm: *_*The Sea*_
Celebrated Irish author and screenwriter John Banville adapted his own novel, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize, for this probing meditation on love, memory and loss. Struggling with the death of his wife, art historian Max (Ciarán Hinds) rents a seaside cottage let by Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling), the very same one at which he spent a fateful summer some 50 years earlier, in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Cedars (Rufus Sewell and Natascha McElhone) and their children. Elegantly edited, the film glides between timelines and narratives with panache, keeping secret the mysterious reasons for Max’s return until the final haunting revelations. Official Selection, 2013 Edinburgh and Toronto Film Festivals.
DIR Stephen Brown; SCR John Banville, from his novel; PROD David Collins, Michael Robinson, Luc Roeg. Ireland/UK, 2013, color, 86 min. In English. NOT RATED