The Taiwan European Film Festival opened yesterday with free showing of films around Taiwan, in an effort to promote the European Union’s diverse cultures, arts and languages.

The annual festival, now in its 10th year, is screening 17 films from 17 EU countries, including France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy.

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.

Organizers say 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.

Among the films being shown at the festival are the award-winning Danish drama “The Hunt,” and”Vincent Wants to Sea,” which won best picture at the 2011 German Film Awards.

The festival will run until Nov. 16th.


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