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Among the 54 films screening during this year’s showcase, Dec. 1–20 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., are ‘Youth,’ ‘The Lady in the Van,’ and ‘Son of Saul.’

The 28th AFI European Union Film Showcase will open with “A Perfect Day”—director Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s darkly comic portrait of aid workers attempting to provide clean water during the aftermath of the Balkan War, starring Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, and Melanie Thierry—and close with “The Treasure,” a deadpan comedy of manners and Cannes Prizewinner from “Police, Adjective” and “12:08 East of Bucharest” director Corneliu Porumboiu.

The other 52 films from 28 countries to screen during the event, which runs from Dec. 1- 20 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., include official Oscar submissions (“A War,” “Son of Saul”), possible contenders (“Youth,” “The Lady in the Van,” “45 Years”), and festival favorites (Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” “Tale of Tales,” “Mia Madre”).

A Perfect Day – Opening Night: Tue, Dec. 1, 7:15 p.m. with reception, tickets $20/$18 AFI Members (Also screening Sat, Dec. 5, 3:05 p.m.)

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