2019 V4 Central European Film Festival (V4FF)

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

Jan Palach
Directed by Robert Sedlácek 
2018, Czech Republic, Drama, 124 minutes
In Czech with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: PG-13

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. Trailer

  • Best Film, 2019 Czech Film Critics’ Award. 


🇭🇺  HUNGARY

Pappa Pia
Directed by Gábor Csupó
2017, Hungary, Comedy, 105 minutes
In Hungarian with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: G

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… Trailer

  • Featured at Xi’an Silk Road International Film festival 2018


🇵🇱  POLAND

Zimna wojna (Cold War)
Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
2018, Poland, Drama, 85 minutes
In Polish with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: R

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. 預告片

  • 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.


🇸🇰  SLOVAKIA

Agáva
Directed by Ondrej Sulaj
2015, Slovakia, Drama, 93 minutes
In Slovak with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: G

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… Trailer

  • Special Prize for Creativity, IGRIC Annual Awards 2017 (Slovakia)


🇹🇼 TAIWAN

Short Story at the West Gate
Directed by Jean-Robert Thomann 
2015, Taiwan, Comedy, 75 minutes
In Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: G

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… Trailer

  • Screened at National Guimet Asian Arts Museum in Paris (France), 2018.


VENUES

 

Important notice: 

  • Detailed film schedules will be published as soon as received from the venues, we apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please subscribe to our Facebook and our newsletter to receive the latest information.
  • Schedules are provided for your convenience only. Screenings are organized under the sole responsibility of our partners (universities and cultural centers). In spite of our constant efforts to keep all documents up to date, we can’t exclude the possibility of a last minute schedule change. Please make sure to download the latest schedule update before going to a film screening. In case of doubt, or if you come from far away, please contact the screening venue to double-check the schedule and location.
  • No need for seat booking, just drop by. All screenings free of charge, except for: Hsinchu Film Museum (TWD 10-20), Fang-Yuan Culture and Art Museum (free donation), CO77EE(minimum 1 drink order per person), Woolloomooloo Out West (minimum 1 drink order per person), 25×40 (TWD 100 order per person).


CREDITS

Organisers
Infine Art and Culture Exchange (INFINE)
Visegrád Group (Hungarian Presidency)

Co-organisers
Taipei City Government, Department of Cultural Affairs
Czech Economic and Cultural Office, Taipei
Hungarian Trade Office, Taipei
Slovak Economic and Cultural Office
Warsaw (Poland) Trade Office, Taipei

Sponsors
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan ROC

Partners
European Economic and Trade Office (EETO)
EU Centre in Taiwan (EUTW)
International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT FM 100)