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Now in its fifth year, the EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival pairs countries like wines: On its opening night, the focus is on Germany and China—interesting, since the latter just surpassed the former this year as the world’s top exporter. It must be noted, however, that while all three German shorts do in fact hail from Germany, none of the Chinese offerings come from China—they were shot in Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. Be sure to sample Chinese Dumplings, written and directed by Michelle Hung, the California-born daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. The film depicts two Chinese-American sisters forced to practice violin when they’d rather be outside. Of the German shorts, look out for Edgar, written and directed by Fabian Busch, who appeared alongside Kate Winslet in The Reader. The title character is a lonely widower whose attempt to work at a local department store yields unusual results. Not as unusual as Winslet’s 2009 Oscar, though.

TONIGHT’S PROGRAM TAKES PLACE AT 6:30 P.M. AT GOETHE-INSTITUT, 812 7TH ST. NW. FREE. RESERVE AT WWW.EUROASIASHORTS.COM.