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AFI European Union Film Showcase: 'Tenderness'­ in the Alps

This 26th Annual European Film Showcase brings some of the finest European films to the beautiful AFI Cinema in Silver Spring.  The ArtHouse will be going to a few of these; it started last night with a wild Danish crime thriller.  We'll shift gears with a Belgian film Tenderness described in one review as "a delicate, delightful and thoroughly captivating road trip of reminiscences."  It stars one of the regulars of the great Belgian filmmakers, the Dardenne brothers.

The film actually starts at 7:45 but is only 80 minutes so it won't be late. Let's grab some dinner before nearby and socialize. We'll meet at AFI and then walk from there.  You can buy a ticket through this link.  It's $12 but they don't charge any fees.  Make sure it's the Sunday night showing.  I don't think it will sell out, but as always, if you want to guarantee that you get in, buy it before. I did.  

This really looks like a good film.   Hope you can join us.  More from that review: Tenderness (La Tendresse), which had its world premiere at
the International Film Festival Rotterdam, is about family, affection, love and
understanding, and this genial road trip is not only a fascinating drive through
Europe but also a thoughtful look at the tenderness that is at the heart of all
close relationships.

A description from the brochure:

After their ski instructor son breaks his leg in the Alps, Belgian divorced
couple Lise (Marilyne Canto) and Frans (Dardenne Brothers regular Olivier
Gourmet) must share a car trip to France to bring him home in Marion Hänsel's
sensitive, heartwarming and beautifully observed drama. Lacking theatrical
pyrotechnics, the film simply delivers on its title, showing how a family—even a
divided one—comes together during a minor crisis. Official Selection, 2013
Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary Film Festivals.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    The dinner was like a mountain stream; the company was like a warm summer breeze; the movie was like a high performance vehicle in neutral gear. Thanks Ronn for another great event.

    December 15, 2013

    • Tricia

      How eloquent!! Sorry I missed it with a description like this. Yes, everything Ronn organizes is just great. Regret missing it. Next time.

      December 15, 2013

  • Matt D.

    Wish I could go but I will go to an open mic night at the Dahlak Eritrean restaurant in Adams Morgan tonight. Of this festival, I saw the German film The Tower, very interesting.

    December 15, 2013

  • audrey e.

    Will be at work concert later than I thought :(

    December 15, 2013

  • Ronn

    Let's meet just inside AFI at 6:30 so we can get our tickets before going to dinner. (This is a warm standing area BEFORE you have to present any tickets.) I will try to get there at about 6:20. At 6:35, we'll go to the Portuguese place Peri Peri Chicken behind the theater. Then at about 7:25 we'll head back to the theater to get our seats. My number is 703.338.7494. I'm looking forward to this film.

    December 15, 2013

  • Rachel

    Looking forward to your dinner Ronn - See you at dinner before hand! I think I read something backwards the first time around - oops.

    December 14, 2013

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