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The 32nd Annual
Washington, DC International Film Festival
April 19 – 29, 2018

80 Films • 45 Countries • 11 Days • 1 Exciting Festival

Tickets now on sale!


Closing Night:
Just To Be Sure

Sunday, April 29, Embassy of France, $25

1st screening:
3:00 PM, followed by a reception 5:00 – 6:00 PM
2nd screening:
7:00 PM, preceded by a reception 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Directed by CARINE TARDIEU (France, Belgium)

A delightful blend of coincidence and destiny, Just to Be Sure explores the virtues and vagaries of DNA in warm, funny, and unpredictable ways that leave you rooting for nurture over nature with all your heart. Erwin, a wistful widower of 45, makes a living clearing buried mines left over from WWII. While undergoing genetic testing with his single, pregnant daughter, Erwin discovers he has no genetic connection to his own father, who also a widower. A private detective helps him track down his biological father, Joseph, who is ailing as he ages. As Erwin and Joseph embark on a tentative and endearing relationship, Erwin also begins what might be a romantic affair with Anna, a local doctor in Joseph's seaside town. Questions of identity and lineage bring endless twists and turns in this perceptive French comedy. Just to Be Sure traverses literal and figurative minefields in search of what actually makes us who we are: biology or something else.—Palm Springs International Film Festival

Sponsored by the Embassy of France and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment



For security reasons, tickets for films at the Embassy of France must be purchased in advance.

Meet our special guests, Q&A after screenings


Daughter of Mine

Tuesday, April 24

  • Director Laura Bispuri and Star Alba Rohrwacher: Daughter of Mine (Italy, Germany, Switzerland)
  • Actor Christian Dario Ferreira: The Gold Seekers (Paraguay)
  • Director Julia Bacha and Executive Producer Suhad Babaa of Just Vision: Naila and the Uprising (USA)
  • Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg and Director Karin Jurschick: Playing God (Germany)

Thursday, April 26

  • Producer Ford Morrison and directors Rian Brown-Orso and Geoff Pingree; moderator Jocelyn Imani, Cultural Historian: The Foreigner's Home (USA)


Giant

Friday, April 27

  • Director Jon Garano: Giant (Spain)

Saturday, April 28

  • Leland Hall, director of Driving Lesson & Phil Vickery, director of Reina: Short Cuts 1
  • Producer Ford Morrison and director(s) Rian Brown-Orso and/or Geoff Pingree; moderator Greg Carr, Assoc. Prof Africana Studies and Chair of Dept. of Afro-American Studies, Howard University: The Foreigner's Home (USA)
  • Director Jon Garano: Giant (Spain)

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