The Visegrád Group and INFINE will organize the 2019 V4 Central European Film Festival. The festival, that runs from May 16 to July 31, will feature 5 recent movies screened in 10 venues all around Taiwan (Chinese and English subtitles, free of charge entrance). The purpose of the V4 Central European Film festival is to contribute to the awareness of the V4 countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) in Taiwan.
- Czech Republic, 2018, Drama, 124 min
- Directed by Robert Sedlácek
- In Czech with English and Chinese subtitles.
- Rating: PG-13
- Best Film, 2019 Czech Film Critics’ Award
August 1968. The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia to crush the liberal reforms of Alexander Dubček’s government during what is known as the Prague Spring. Jan Palach, a Czech student of history and political economy at Charles University in Prague, decides to sacrifice himself in protest of the invasion. Palach set himself on fire, in Wenceslas Square, on 16 January 1969.
- Directed by Gábor Csupó
- 2017, Hungary, Comedy, 105 min
- In Hungarian with English and Chinese subtitles
- Rating: G
- Featured at Xi’an Silk Road International Film festival 2018
Papi is the world’s dodgiest pensioner, who only has a winning smile to offer by way of payment. With nowhere to live, he sets up home in a boathouse on the banks of the Danube. No sooner is he settled than Wizy, his neighbor and owner of a flashy discotheque, sets his sights on Papi’s home that he wants to turn into a stunning nightspot. Far from being phased, the old fella and his grandson Tomi temporarily transform the boathouse into a pub to collect the cash they need to survive…
- Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
- 2018, Poland, Drama, 85 minutes
- In Polish with English and Chinese subtitles
- Rating: P
- Best Director, 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Three nominations at the 91st Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography) Four nominations at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards, including Best Direction and Best Film in Non-English Language.
Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times.
- Directed by Ondrej Sulaj
- 2015, Slovakia, Drama, 93 min
- Language: Slovak with English and Chinese subtitles
- Rating: G
- Special Prize for Creativity, IGRIC Annual Awards 2017 (Slovakia)
In the hot summer of 1947, a small border town in the south of Slovakia is surprised by the sudden arrival of respected builder and his wife Nada. She catches the eye of a young local teacher, Daniel, who is still recovering from his military experience in the Second World War. At first, Nada tries to resist Daniel’s charm but her decision is complicated by the scent of flowering agave in the hot summer air. When the agave after 30 years of sleep finally blooms, Nada’s primary decision not to give in is permanently void…
Short Story at the West Gate
- Directed by Jean-Robert Thomann
- 2015, Taiwan, Drama, 75 minutes
- Language:Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles
- Rating: G
- Screened at National Guimet Asian Arts Museum in Paris (France), 2018.
Jean-Robert, a 45-year-old documentary film director living in Taiwan, has always dreamed of shooting a fiction movie. On top of being penniless, his projects keep getting canceled, fueling conflict with his wife. One late night after meeting with some friends, he finds himself locked out of his home by his wife. Angry, he leaves and ends up roaming around Ximending. It’s an important night for Jean-Robert, because he runs into two women, continuing his story at the west gate…
Visit the “Visegrad Four” (V4) Countries
- In the Shengen Visa Space
- In the Center of Europe
- A Rich Historical Heritage
- Natural Wonders to Enjoy
- So Much to Discover
The Czech Republic is known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history – from the Celtic and Germanic tribes of its founding to the Protestant Reformation and Communism. Prague (Prague), the capital, is home to a 9th-century castle, preserved medieval Old Town and statue-lined Charles Bridge (Charles Bridge). Český Krumlov (Český Krumlov) is a living gallery of Renaissance-era buildings housing restaurants and shops. Karlovy Vary (Karlovy Vary) is famous for its spas, and the Moravia area is famous for its castles and for its wines.
Hungary's capital, Budapest (Budapest), is bisected by the Danube River (Danube River) and famed for its dramatic cityscape studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and the grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge (Chain Bridge). Hungary has a long, rich history, and its culture reflects Roman, Turkish, Slavic and Magyar influences. Lake Balaton (Lake Balaton) is famous for its riviera full of resorts and wineyards, and Lake Hévíz (Lake Hévíz) is famous for its spa resorts.
Poland, capital Warsaw (Warsaw), extends up to the Baltic Sea and is known for its medieval architecture, Jewish heritage and hearty cuisine. In the city of Krakow, 14th-century Wawel Castle (Wawel Castle) rises above the medieval Old Town, home to Cloth Hall, a Renaissance trading post in Rynek Glówny (Rynek Glówny). Nearby is the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial, and Wieliczka Salt Mine (Wieliczka Salt Mine), with tunnels to explore and an unique underground chapel.
Slovakia is known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. Near the Austrian border, capital city Bratislava (Bratislava) features a pedestrian-only Old Town with a lively cafe scene. Rising on a hill above the Danube River (Danube River), Bratislava Castle (Bratislava Castle) houses a branch of the Slovak National Museum, with displays from Roman artifacts to 20th-century arts and crafts. Slovakia's mountains are a great place for hiking in summer and for skiing in winter time.
Screening schedules: www.v4ff.tw
- Keelung Sigma (National Ocean University)
- National Taiwan University, EU Centre in Taiwan
- Soochow University, Central and Eastern European Center
- National Central University, Art Center.
- National Hsinchu Senior High School
- Shalu Film Odeum.
- 25×40 Art Space.
- Fang-Yuan Art Museum
- Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, European Union Center
- Taitung Theatre
- Infine Art and Culture Exchange (INFINE)
- Visegrád Group (SLOVAKIA Presidency)
- Czech Economic and Cultural Office, Taipei
- Hungarian Trade Office, Taipei
- Slovak Economic and Cultural Office
- Polish Office in Taipei
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Ministry of Culture
- Taipei City Government, Department of Cultural Affairs
- European Economic and Trade Office (EETO)
- EU Centre in Taiwan (EUTW)
- International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT FM 100)
- Zouba Study
- M Studio Photography