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1 Dec 2018 16:00 - 00:00


EUNIC Korea and the Seoul Museum of History have opened the 4th EUNIC Film Festival. This year the festival commemorates under the title „1968: A Year of Change“ the 50th anniversary of a tumultuous year 1968. The festival introduces in total 9 films from 8 European countries every Saturday from November 3 to December 1. Besides film masterpieces made by world-wide known directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Carlos Saura or Stanley Kubrick the festival brings 2 German movies - „Die Legende von Paul und Paula“ and „Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame“, Hungarian comedy „Made in Hungária“ or Italian documentary „Assalto al cielo“. The Czech Centre Seoul presents as its Korean premiere a comedy „Those Wonderful Years That Sucked“ shot by Petr Nikolaev to commemorate the Prague Spring and the following Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Film screenings start with short lectures by film critics and other specialists including Hungarian director Gergely Fonyó or German culturologist and historian Andreas Kötzing.

The EUNIC Film Festival started in 2015 as a one-time event organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the World War II. The festival under the title „Life and Cities in Postwar Europe“ didn’t deal with the theme of World War II directly but rather focused on the postwar development in particular European countries from 1945 to 1955. As an initiator the Czech Centre Seoul had the honor to open the event with 2 films – Dark Blue World and Habermann’s Mill. Due to an unexpectedly great success the organizers decided to continue with the festival every year. The aim of the festival is not just simple film screenings. EUNIC cluster members are willing to contribute to the mutual understanding between EU and Korea by presenting recent or actual affairs of particular European countries to the Korean public through film screenings and in the same time raising discussions about actual topics, which are common for European countries as well as Korea. Therefore film screenings start with short lectures by various specialists. On the second festival dealing with the theme of immigration the Czech Centre Seoul introduced very successful comedy Cosy Dnes by Jan Hřebejk. Last year the festival launched 8 documentaries and 1 long feature film engaging in architecture, urbanism, environment, sustainability or gentrification as a follow-up to the 1st Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul.  

This year the EUNIC Film Festival commemorates under the title „1968: A Year of Change“ a tumultuous period of recent history. The festival introduces in total 9 films from the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary, German, the United Kingdom, Spain and Sweden. The event is being opened by a French film „La Chinoise“ made by Jean-Luc Godard and a Hungarian comedy „Made in Hungária“ by Gergely Fonyó, who is visiting the festival in person. Besides that the visitors are looking forward to watch other films made by world- famous directors as social drama of a Spanish director Carlos Saura - „Cria cuervos“, an experimental work of a Swedish director Ingmar Bergman - „Persona“ or an epoch-making sci-fi by Stanley Kubrick - „2001: A Space Odyssey“. Two German films - „Die Legende von Paul und Paula“ and „Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame“ offering a different view of the society in West and East Germany are having their premiere in Korea. An Italian documentary „Assalto al cielo“ shot by Francesco Munzi has been also included into the film selection. The documentary made exclusively from archive material recounts the parabola of the youngsters who enlivened the extraparliamentary political battles between 1967 and 1977.

The festival is closing by very successful Czech comedy „Those Wonderful Years That Sucked“ made by Petr Nikolaev in 1997. Petr Nikolaev (*1957) showed his talent already when studying at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague by receiving an award for the best student work. After graduation he lived in France, where he made a living by working in various jobs. In 1992 he returned to Prague and started as an assistant director on French movies being shot in Prague that time. He gained a great success by his debut film „Those Wonderful Years That Sucked”. More famous he became after 2000 by a love story set in a Czechoslovak prison in the 1950s - „A  Piece of Heaven“ (2005), a drama about Nazi massacre of one Czech village after the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich - „Lidice“ (2011) or a thriller about Czech underworld in 1990s - „Story of a Godfather“ (2013). Besides feature films Petr Nikolaev makes TV series too.  

„Those Wonderful Years That Sucked” is a nostalgic comedy based on an autobiographical novel written by a best-selling Czech author Michal Viewegh. A story seen through the eyes of a growing boy captures the life of one typical Czech family during three decades - from the period of relaxed atmosphere at the beginning of 60s, through very painful times during the Warsaw Pact Invasion to Czechoslovakia and following period of normalization in 70s, till the fall of the communist regime at the end of 80s. Quido was born unexpectedly in the theatre during the Samuel Beckett’s play „Waiting for Godot”. Being born in the theatre and raised up by mother, who is a theatre actress, influenced his life. He seems to be a genius boy with a literary talent, what makes him troubles at school and later on when trying to make a girlfriend. After the Warsaw Pact Invasion his father loses his position at the university in Prague and the family escapes to the countryside hoping to have a life of ease. Initially unyielding father, who wanted to maintain his dignity, makes some compromises to ensure a better life for the family. But the life in the time of normalization drives him insane…



Historické muzeum hl. m. Soulu


1 Dec 2018 16:00 - 00:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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