The 2009 American Film Institute (AFI) European Union Film Showcase opened on Thursday, November 5, at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Running from the 5th through November 24, the showcase features internationally acclaimed movies—including official foreign language Oscar selections—from 25 EU countries. "This year’s line-up, our largest ever, is a testament to the overall quality and amazing diversity of filmmaking in Europe right now," said Todd Hitchcock, Film Programmer, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center