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FILM FESTIVAL | AFI European Union Film Showcase 2017

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FILM FESTIVAL | European Union Film Showcase 2017
December 1–20, 2017 @AFI Silver Theatre

At the 30th European Union Film Showcase the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center continues its tradition of bringing a selection of the best in European cinema to Washington, DC. 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.

The Austrian Cultural Forum supports the screenings of the two outstanding Austrian movies "Happy End" by Michael Haneke and "Wild Mouse" by Josef Hader.

FILM SCREENING | "Happy End" by Michael Haneke
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 5:30 pm









Michael Haneke inventively contrasts bourgeois decrepitude with the ongoing European refugee crisis flowing through Calais, France. Isabelle Huppert runs her family's construction empire, having taken over from her father Jean-Louis Trintignant. A construction accident caused by her son, Franz Rogowski, threatens a civil suit just as Huppert and her lawyer/paramour Toby Jones are embarking on an ambitious new deal. Meanwhile, her ne'er-do-well brother Mathieu Kassovitz has taken in his estranged 12-year-old daughter.

"Happy End" has been selected as Austria's submission for the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

"As gripping as a satanically inspired soap opera, a dynasty of lost souls. The movie rehearses Haneke's classic themes and visual ideas: family dysfunction, intergenerational revenge, the poisonous suppression of guilt and the return of the repressed." – The Guardian.

Director/Screenplay: Michael Haneke | France/Austria/Germany, 2017 |107 min.
In French with English subtitles. 

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 5:30 pm
Where: AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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FILM SCREENING | "Wild Mouse" by Josef Hader
December 16, 2017 | 6:45 pm (U.S. premiere) & December 20, 2017 | 9:10 pm








A music critic in midlife crisis seeks revenge on the boss who fired him in this satirical seriocomedy, the directorial debut of actor Josef Hader (THE BONEMAN, STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE). Unwilling to come clean about his termination, Georg (Hader) pretends to go to work each day, but instead hangs out in Vienna's Prater amusement park, where he befriends ride operator Erich (Georg Friedrich), previously his childhood tormentor. Georg becomes increasingly attracted to Erich's Romanian girlfriend Nicoletta (Crina Semciuc), more alienated from his therapist wife, Johanna (Pia Hierzegger) and more aggressive in his stealth harassment of his ex-boss (Jörg Hartmann).

The U.S. premiere on December 16th, 2017 will be followed by a post-screening reception sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington.

Director/Screenplay: Josef Hader | Austria/Germany, 2017 | 103 min.
In German and Italian with English subtitles. 

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 6:45 pm (U.S. premiere)
            Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 9:10 pm
Where: AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
For further informations: