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Taiwan European Film Festival kicks off with free screenings

Taiwan European Film Festival kicks off with free screenings

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) The Taiwan European Film Festival opened Wednesday with free showing of films around Taiwan, in an effort to promote the European Union's diverse cultures, arts and languages, the organizers said. The annual festival, now in its 10th year, is screening 17 films from 17 EU countries, including France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy, according to the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taipei, one of the organizers. Over 400 screenings will be held at 31 venues in 14 counties and cities around Taiwan, including the outlying Kinmen County for the first time, Frederic Laplanche, head of the EETO in Taipei, said Wednesday at the opening of the festival in Taipei. In view of the fact that not everyone is able to visit Europe, the festival aims to give access to European films and cultures, he said. Cedric Alviani, director of the festival, agreed that it is a good way to get a sense of European culture. "The films that we show are totally representative of the European countries' creativity and diversity," Alviani said. When the festival was first launched 2005, it attracted 1,000 to 2,000 people in Taiwan but the number has been growing each year, he said. Last year, attendance was 18,000, and the organizers are expecting to see an increase this year. Alviani said he hopes the cultural exchange will give encouragement to Taiwanese artists and audience in their own creative endeavors. Among the films being shown at the festival are the award-winning Danish drama "The Hunt," comedy film "I Enjoy the World with You" from the Czech Republic, the Polish drama "Life Feels Good" and the British documentary "Senna." "Vincent Wants to Sea," which won best picture at the 2011 German Film Awards, is also being screened at the festival, which will run until Nov. 16. Full information about the film entries and screening schedule is available at www.teff.tw (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-04-15 10:03 GMT+08:00