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Shy, lonely 12-year-old Filipe (JosÇ Afonso Pimentel) feels ignored by his father, Manuel (JoþTo Lagarto), a driven technocrat in a contemporary Portugal that’s just awakening from centuries of being one of Western Europe’s sleepiest nations. So Filipe is both happy and surprised when his father announces that the two of them will take a father-son vacation in the Azores. For the boy, it sounds like a dream come true—but perhaps the trip is indeed more dream than reality. This is the scenario for Luþ/s Filipe Rocha’s 1996 film Goodbye, Father, the latest effort by the Portuguese writer-director to reach the North American film-festival circuit. (He’s since made another movie, Camarate.) Goodbye, Father was not available for preview, but it will probably live up to its billing as “sensitive” and “subtle.” The last Rocha film to show up at AFI was the quietly stunning Signs of Fire, a complex tale of betrayal set in ’30s Portugal. These screenings of Goodbye, Father are part of AFI’s ongoing “European Union Showcase,” which presents some of the many first-rate European films unlikely to get commercial distribution in the increasingly insular stateside movie market. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17 and at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute National Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)