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Polish film festival held in Taiwan for first time

2019/03/10 18:22:41

Polish film director Jacek Bromski

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) The Polish Office in Taipei is holding a "Polish Film Festival" for the first time in Taiwan in the hope of deepening bilateral cultural exchanges and developing further opportunities for cooperation.

The 7-day film festival, held March 8-14, will screen a total of seven Polish movies selected by the Polish Filmmakers Association at "eslite art house" in Taipei's Xinyi District.

Polish film director Jacek Bromski, who is visiting Taiwan for the film festival, told CNA that starting last year Poland has been holding film festivals in different countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, China, Vietnam and New Zealand, to commemorate the centenary of Polish independence.

The idea is to introduce more people to Polish history and the best way to get to know a country is by watching movies, Bromski said.

Maciej Gaca, director-general of the Polish Office in Taipei, said that it is hoped the film festival will become an annual event in Taiwan to give people the opportunity to learn about Polish art and culture.

The movies to be screened at the film festival are The Promised Land (1975), The Pianist (2002), Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Man of Marble (1977), Volhynia (2016), Nights and Days (1975) and Warsaw 44 (2014), according to the Polish Office in Taipei's Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Bromski will also visit the Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Film Commission to promote bilateral cooperation.

There are many excellent filmmakers in Taiwan, and he hopes Polish audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy movies from Taiwan, Bromski said, adding that a large-scale film festival being planned for September in Poland currently intends to screen seven Taiwanese movies.

The organizers are waiting for Taiwan to provide a shortlist to select from, Bromski said.

He hopes that in the future, Taiwan and Poland can alternate the holding of film festivals and organize exchange programs for young directors to enhance cooperation, Bromski added.

The director said he very much looks forward to having the opportunity to shoot movies or scenes in Taiwan.

(By Elaine Hou and William Yen)
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