Taiwan European Film Festival (TEFF)

The 2017 Taiwan European Film Festival (TEFF) will take place all around Taiwan between November 15th, 2017 and January 30th, 2018. Taiwan European Film Festival (TEFF) offers every year screenings all around Taiwan (English and Chinese subtitles, free of charge entrance). The Taiwan European Film Festival is organized since 2005 by the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) and Infine Art and Culture Exchange (INFINE), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (MOFA)Through the past years, Taiwan European Film Festival (TEFF) has gathered over 140,000 viewers and has collaborated with several local governments for its Grand Opening Ceremony and special events, including the Taipei City Government, the Taoyuan County Government, the Taichung City Government and the Tainan County Government.

▶︎ Venues List and Screening Schedules (Click here)

AUSTRIA
Deadly detour (Tödlicher Umweg)
2004, Austria, Thriller, 100 min
Directed by Curt M. Faudon
In German, with Chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK12

Without realizing it, young actor Adrian becomes the protagonist in a television show that gets out of hand. Towards the end of the film it is clear that everything is staged and that all actors, except Adrian, act on a screenplay comparable to the Truman Show or The Game. Philipp, the film crew director, obviously tries to drive Adrian so far that he would kill a man. Trailer.  

BELGIUM
Parasol
Belgium, 2015, Drama, 80 min
Directed by Valery Rosier
In French, with Chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK12

Holiday time, a Mediterranean island. Three wanderings at summer’s end. The determination, no matter the cost, to make things change. Nostalgia for a past that never existed. Trailer.

  • Winner: Amiens International Film Festival Audience Award
  • Winner: Magritte Awards Best Cinematography Best Original Score
  • Winner: Best Editing Julie Naas
  • Winner: Intercontinental Prize Technical Achievement Valéry Rosier

CZECH REPUBLIC
Snowdrops and Aces (Snezenky a machri)
1983, Czechoslovakia), Comedy, 82 min
Directed by Karel Smyczek
In Czech with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK6

The famous Czechoslovak comedy about teenagers at ski training is one of the films which convey serious themes and questions in a very friendly, amusing and light form. It is a story about one week of obligatory ski training for high schools. There are several themes which deserve our attention: relationships between pupils and their teachers, relationships among boys and girls, hierarchy in the class etc. The film talks responsibility, leadership, adulthood and sincerity. It begins like a pure comedy and ends like a serious drama without answering the questions which have meanwhile turned up. It is up to viewers to find the appropriate answers themselves. Trailer.

DENMARK
The Idealist (Idealisten)
Directed by Christina Rosendahl
2015, Denmark, Thriller, 114 min
In Danish, English, Spanish, Greenlandic with Chinese Subtitles
Rating: FSK6

In 1968, an American B52 bomber carrying nuclear warheads crashes in Greenland. It is quickly classified a Broken Arrow, a nuclear accident. 18 years on, a reporter uncovers evidence pointing to an international cover-up instead. Based on a true story. Trailer

FRANCE
A Kid (Le Fils de Jean)
Directed by Philippe Lioret
France, 98 minutes, 2016, Drama
In French, with Chinese and English subtitles
Rating: PG-13

One morning, 33 year-old Mathieu receives a phone call and discovers that his biological father was Canadian and has just died. He also learns that he has two brothers. Mathieu drops everything and leaves Paris in hope of reuniting with a part of his unknown family. But upon his arrival in Montréal, nothing goes as expected and Mathieu finds himself in hostile territory. His father’s best friend Pierre made a promise to keep his existence a secret. Will Mathieu finally get to meet his brothers and find out about his origins? Trailer.

GERMANY
Victoria
Director: Sebastian Schipper
2015, Germany, Drama, 138 min
In German, with Chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK12

A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. Victoria, a runaway party girl, meets three friendly men who invite her to join them as they hit the town. Their wild night of partying turns into a bank robbery. The film was shot in one single long take, with a script consisting of of twelve pages only, and most of the dialogue being improvised. Trailer.

  • Winner of the Berlin film festival Silver Bear for Cinematography.

HUNGARY
Home Guards (Veszettek)
Directed by Krisztina Goda
2015, Hungary, Drama, 115 min
In Hungarian, with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating:FSK16

Two boys from bad financial situation join to a law enforcement organization because of a charismatic leader, but soon they realize how hard is to decide who is guilty, and who is a victim. Two brothers – Máté and Joci – who live in a small Eastern European town are recruited by a charismatic leader to join the Home Guards and take a stand against crime. The boys are happy because, for the very first time in their lives, they feel a sense of real belonging. But things get slowly out of hand as the Guards become an uncontrollable political force. When Máté refuses to cover up a racist crime, he finds himself classed as an enemy of the Guards and at loggerheads with his own brother. Trailer. 

ITALY
White as Milk, Red as Blood (Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue)
2012, Italy, Drama, 102 min
Directed by Giacomo Campiotti
In Italian with English and chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK16

The story takes place in the italian city of Turin. Leo, a sixteen-year-old roman boy, loses his mind for a cancer-sick girl. He will do everything as possible to make her fall in love with him and save her life. The film is based on the bestseller novel by Alessandro d’Avenia. Trailer.

NETHERLANDS
0.03 seconds  (0.03 seconde)
2016, The Netherlands, Documentary, 90 min
Directed by Suzanne Raes
In Dutch, with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: G

Five swimmers and their coaches are working tirelessly to prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. They share the same goal, but their approach and their circumstances couldn’t be more different. Their chances of winning lie in knocking a tenth, sometimes even a hundredth of a second off their time. Both success and failure in Rio could spell the end of their swimming career – but that is not important right now. Right now, there is nothing but the battle against themselves to improve. Trailer.   

POLAND
Polish Short Film Selection
2016, Poland, Shorts, 92 min
In Polish with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: G

DEBUT – LOVE (DEBIUT – MIŁOŚĆ)
2015, Poland, Drama, 4 minutes
Directed by Sylwia Rosak

“Debut – Love” is a short story that each of us experienced. First love is something, you cannot forget. The question is whether we had enough courage at that time to make that first step?

CLOSE TIES (WIĘZI)
2016, Poland, Documentary, 18 min
Directed by Zofia Kowalewska

Forty five years of marriage is an impressive anniversary. Barbara and Zdzisław could be proud of themselves if not for the fact that the husband left the wife for his lover eight years ago. But now they are together again, although Barbara claims that if it were not for his infirm legs, Zdzisław would still be chasing skirts around Kraków. Despite the past resentment, everyday problems with paying bills, an occupied bathroom and rearranging furniture, they have a hard to define bond.

LEAVEN (ZACZYN)
2016, Poland, Animation, 5 min
Directed by Artur Hanaj

If you want the dough to rise, mix flour with yeast and milk. Then put the dough in warmth, so it rises a bit. Finally knead it well, place in the baking tin and put in the oven. Be careful, or the dough will fall.

EDUCATION (NAUKA)
2016, Poland, Documentary, 20 min
Directed by Emi Buchwald

In one elementary school children are told to learn Julian Tuwim’s poem “Science” by heart as homework. The poetic phrase is sometimes incomprehensible, some words require explanation, but parents come to their aid. Unfortunately, not all metaphors can be explained in an unambiguous way and poetry clashes with the prose of life, in particular when a football match of Legia Warszawa is broadcast on television. Some will get Bs, some will fail, but everyone will learn something from this lesson.

THREE CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE (TRZY ROZMOWY O ŻYCIU)
2016, Poland, Documentary, 25 min
Directed by Julia Staniszewska

The film is a double portrait with children in the background. The grandmother and the mother differ in their moral assessment of in vitro fertilisation, which is important inasmuch as two grandsons were born thanks to this method. The convictions of one of them cannot be reconciled with the decisions of the other. The toughening of the older woman’s position, in particular, locks them both in an ideological clinch. But the difficult conversation about the possibilities of reuniting love, faith and ideology is still going on.

COME PLAY WITH ME (ZAGRAJ ZE MNĄ)
2016, Poland, Fiction, 20 min
Directed by Milena Dutkowska

Lisa visits her cousin, whom she hasn’t seen for 5 years. They return to the childhood games, the ones they used to play together. In their provocations they seem to be invincible, until they meet Robert, the only person who not falling for it. Intrigued by his attitude, they invite him to their isolated world.

 

UNITED KINGDOM
“About Dementia” 
United Kingdom, Animation and Shorts, 27 minutes
In English, with Chinese subtitles
Rating: G

My Mum’s got a Dodgy Brain
2016, 6 min
Produced by ForMed Films CIC

A film for and by children who have a parent with a mental health problem. The film was originally designed to help mental health staff who work with adults to keep in mind the children in their families. It has enormous appeal, charm and honesty and is recommended to those who work with, care for or manage services for children.

Isabella
2015, 9 min
Directed by Ross Hogg & Duncan Cowles

At the age of ninety-two, Isabella struggles to remember… As she becomes ever fragile and her short-term memory begins to falter, her past is explored, questioned and brought to life. Isabella takes us on a disjointed yet immersive journey that provides us not only a window into her life, but shows us a mirror to reflect upon our own. How much of your life do you need to remember to remain yourself?

  • Winner: BAFTA Scotland Award 2016 – Best Short Film
  • Winner: Best UK Short Film 19-25 – BFI Future Film Festival, February 2016
  • Winner: BFI RAW Award 2016
  • Winner: Scottish Short Film Jury Award – Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016
  • Winner: Hamburg Short Film Festival – NoBudget Competition Audience Award 2016

Memory Songs
2016, 12 min
Directed by Lucy Kaye

When your memory fades, your grip on reality becomes fragile and the sense of self slowly slips away. In a synagogue hall in North West London, a group of elderly people gather to find release. Using music and song they try to reconnect with themselves. Through the poetic use of poignant personal photographs and carefully assembled voiced-over memories, this film takes us into the emotional heart of these people, coping with the onset of Dementia.

SLOVAKIA
Wilson City (Wilsonov)
2015, Slovakia, Comedy, 115 min
Director: Tomás Masín
In Slovak, with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: NC-17

Comedy inspired by paperback crime novels tells the story of an adventurous search for a mysterious murderer who just after the end of the First World War has begun a rampage in Wilson City, a jerkwater town somewhere in Eastern Europe. The investigation is being led by an inhomogeneous pair of detectives – a greenhorn and local police cadet named Eisner and an experienced FBI officer Food, who has been sent to Europe by US President Woodrow Wilson himself. Trailer.

SPAIN
Marshland (La Isla Mínima)
2014, Spain, Thriller, 105 min
Director: Alberto Rodríguez
In Spanish, with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK16

The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters – both detectives in the homicide division – to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past. Trailer.

SWEDEN
Eat, sleep, die
Directed by Gabriela Pichler
2012, Sweden, Drama, 104 min
In Swedish, with Chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK12

Raša is a 21-year-old tomboy working in a vegetable packing plant and living with her father. Life for this Muslim immigrant is simple but good until she loses her job and her father has to work abroad. Now she has to move beyond her small-town existence. Language: Montenegrin, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Swedish. Trailer.

SWITZERLAND
Vanity (La Vanité)
2015, Switzerland, Drama, 75 min
Directed by Lionel Baier
In French, with English and Chinese subtitles
Rating: FSK12

David Miller wants to put an end to his life. This ill, elderly architect leaves nothing to chance and turns to an assisted-suicide organization. But Espe, the woman who is supposed to accompany him to his final exit, does not seem that familiar with the procedures, and David tries everything he can to persuade Tréplev, the Russian male prostitute in the next room, to bear witness to his final breath, as required under Swiss law. Over the course of one night, all three will discover that a taste for company and maybe even love are stubbornly tenacious emotions. Trailer. 


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Taiwan European Film Festival (TEFF) – Partners

Organisers
European Economic and Trade Office (EETO)
Infine Art and Culture Exchange (INFINE)

Sponsor
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Culture

Co-organisers
Taipei City Government, Culture Department

Co-organisers
Austrian Office, Taiwan

Belgian Office, Taipei
British Council
British Office
Czech Economic and Cultural Office, Taipei
Trade Commission of Denmark
French Institute, Taipei
Goethe Institute, Taipei
Hungarian Trade Office, Taipei
Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office
Netherlands Trade and Investment Office
Slovak Economic and Cultural Office
Spanish Chamber of Commerce
Exportradet Taipei, Swedish Trade Council
Warsaw (Poland) Trade Office, Taipei
Trade Office of Swiss Industries

Partners
European Education Fair Taiwan (EEFT)
EU Centre in Taiwan (EUTW)

CinemaWorld (TV channel 82 on MOD)
International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT FM 100)
Woolloomooloo Out West (WOW)
BELGA Belgian Waffles

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