- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 3, 2001

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The American Film Institute is reeling out its European Union Film Showcase 2001 at the Kennedy Center through Nov. 11.
Organizers tapped major international festivals for its offerings. Today, viewers can see "Disco Pigs" from Ireland, about a girl and boy who have been friends since they were very young but find that late-blooming adolescence changes things (2 p.m.), and "Camarate" from Portugal, a fictionalized docudrama in which the plane carrying that country's prime and defense ministers crashes during a presidential election in the 1980sand rival investigations begin (3:45 p.m.).
Screenings tonight are "The State I Am In" from Germany, in which two terrorists who have been fugitives for 15 years must return to Germany but their daughter faces the question of whether she can adapt to normal life (6:15 p.m.), and "Amelie" from France, an adult fairy tale in which a waitress discovers she has a talent for straightening things out in life (8:15 p.m.).
The rest of the schedule is:
Tomorrow: "Disco Pigs" (1, 9 p.m.); "The State I Am In" (2:45 p.m.); "Flickering Lights" from Denmark, a comic crime saga in which a gang of petty thieves starts operating a restaurant (4:45 p.m.); and "My Kingdom" from the United Kingdom, in which a gang lord shattered by his wife's murder decides to pass down his "business" and causes war to erupt in his family (6:45 p.m.).
Monday: "Flickering Lights" (6:30 p.m.) and "My Kingdom" (8:30 p.m.).
Tuesday: "Ties and Ropes" from Luxembourg, a romantic tragedy in which a man afraid that he'll lose his rubber plantation comes back to check out his partner's heiress, a handicapped woman who acts as a puppet in her nightclub act (6:30 p.m.), and "Camarate" (8:15 p.m.).
Wednesday: "Rent a Friend," from the Netherlands, tells the story of a Mexican hat painter who decides to make money by renting himself out as a friend after breaking up with his cheating girlfriend (6:30 p.m.), and "Mortal Transfer" from France, in which a bored psychoanalyst wakes up froma nap to find his patient dead (8:15 p.m.).
Thursday: "Leo" from Spain, in which a watchman falls in love with a young homeless woman disguised as a boy and whom he must help in exorcising a nightmare from her past (6:30 p.m.), and "Mortal Transfer" (8:15 p.m.).
Friday: "The Holdup" from Austria, in which a desperate unemployed man holds up a tailor shop and gets stuck there when the police arrive after the robbery of the supermarket next door (6:30 p.m.); "How Harry Became a Tree" from Ireland, in which a dream torments a depressed widower who lost a son in the civil war (8:15 p.m.); and "Classic" from Finland, in which a frustrated author finds that a high-speed chase earns him the admiration of a traffic cop (10 p.m.).
Nov. 10: "Ties and Ropes" (2 p.m.); "Rent a Friend" (3:45 p.m.); "How Harry Became a Tree" (5:30 p.m.); and "A Song for Martin" from Sweden, in which a violinist and a composer-conductor find love in middle age and then have to deal with Alzheimer's disease (7:30 p.m.).
Nov. 11: "The Holdup" (1 p.m.); "Rent a Friend" (2:45 p.m.); "Leo" (4:30 p.m.); "A Song for Martin" (6:15 p.m.); and "Classic" (9 p.m.).
All tickets cost $7. The AFI box office at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW, is open weekdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 9 p.m. One hour of free parking is available at the Kennedy Center before 6 p.m. to buy tickets. To order tickets by phone, call 202/785-4601. For information, call 202/833-2348 or go online at www.afionline.org/nft.


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