The best of this year’s 48-Hour Film Project meets the best of the past 10 years of the annual event this weekend at AFI Silver. On Thursday, check out the cream of the 2010 crop — after the screening of some of the films made over the April 30-May 2 weekend, this year’s D.C. winner will be announced. Then on Friday, catch up on the best of 10 years of madcap moviemaking with clips and the winning local films from 2002 to 2010.
» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Thu. & Fri., 7 & 9:30 p.m., $10; 401-495-6700. (Silver Spring)

The Mind of an Auteur
Want to impress a date, journey into a new corner of cinema or brush up on your French? The National Gallery of Art and La Maison Francaise are here to help. Sunday is the last day of “Still Voices, Inner Lives: The Journals of Alain Cavalier,” celebrating the auteur’s distinct voice. Louis Malle protege Cavalier directed numerous modern and experimental films in his day, and 1986’s “Therese,” screening at 4:30 p.m., is characteristic of his fragmentary, humanist style. Stick around after for “Lettre d’Alain Cavalier,” a short that explores the director’s thought processes as he prepares to film “Therese,” for some insight into his methods.
» National Gallery of Art, 400 Constitution Ave. NW; Sun., 4:30 p.m., free; 202-842-6799. (Archives-Navy Memorial)

Photo by David S. Holloway