Europhiles will love the two evenings of double features offered by organizers of the European Film Festival, who are dovetailing the event with the Euro-American Celebration events taking place across South Louisiana this week (mostly in New Orleans). These events are meant to enrich cross-cultural understanding between Americans and the European Union, whose relationship can be fraught with cliches and stereotypes.
• L'enfant d'en haut (Sister)–Switzerland
A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.
• La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty)–Italy
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his sixty-fifth birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
• Zwei Leben (Two Lives)–Germany
As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."
• Quai d'Orsay (The French Minister)–France
Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France.
Refine your sensitivities starting at 6:30 pm on both nights at the Manship Theatre. 100 Lafayette Street. $12 (call for student, senior, and military pricing). manshiptheatre.org.