Philippe Claudel's drama I've Loved You So Long featuring an acclaimed turn by Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman blighted by a terrible secret will open the The 2008 AFI European Union Film Showcase in Washington DC on November 6.

For the first time, the AFI EU Showcase will feature three Centerpiece Screenings:
  • Arnaud Desplechin's French family drama A Christmas Tale (November 8)
  • Matteo Garrone's Italian Oscar entry Gomorrah (November 15)
  • And German Oscar submission The Baader Meinhof Complex (November 21)

The closing night film is the US premiere of Bouli Lanners' Belgian Oscar submission Eldorado on November 22.

'The Special Presentations in this year's EU Film Showcase represent the most outstanding films in what may be our best EU Showcase ever,' AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center film programmer said Todd Hitchcock, said.

'AFI's EU Film Showcase has grown in size, stature and celebrity over the past few years, reflecting the vibrancy of filmmaking in the EU countries and the EU's own growth to its present membership of 27 countries.'

All films will be shown exclusively at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring.