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Nov 9, 2019 - Nov 30, 2019

Wind of Change

2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the EUNIC Film Festival - Wind of Change. To celebrate this small jubilee we decided to introduce 8 eclectic mix of european films that depicting historically significant events that played an important role in shaping or preserving individual European states and we want to share with our Korean audience.

The popular EUNIC Film Festival, called Wind of Change, returns to Seoul. The Czech Republic will be represented by Anthropoid by British director Sean Ellis, which depicts the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. In response to this demonstrative act, the United Kingdom withdrew the Munich Treaty and promised to restore Czechoslovakia to its original "pre-Munich" borders.

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. This year the EUNIC Film Festival commemorates under the title „Wind of Change“ historically significant events that played an important role in shaping or preserving individual European states. The festival introduces in total 8 films from the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary, German, the United Kingdom and Sweden. 

More info about festival here

 


 

Screening schedule

DATE TIME COUNTRY TITLE DIRECTOR
9.11. 13:00 Germany Berlin is in Germany  Hannes Stöhr 
  16:00 Czech / UK Anthropoid Sean Ellis 
16.11. 13:00 Poland Warsaw 44  Jan Komasa 
  16:00 Sweden The Swedes in the Korean War  Mikael Hedlund 
23.11. 13:00 Hungary Kincsem - Bet on Revenge  Gábor Herendi 
  16:00 Slovakia A Prominent Pacient  Julius Ševčík 
30.11. 13:00 France Farewell, My Queen  Benoit Jacquot 
  16:00 Italy We Believed  Mario Martone 

 

All movies are screened with korean subtitles in original version.

 

 


 

 

Anthropoid, dir. Sean Ellis (CZ, UK)

Anthropoid is based on the extraordinary true story of the World War II operation to assassinate Nazi commanding officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler; he was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague,” his reign of terror and brutality prompted Czech authorities in London to hatch a top-secret mission, codenamed “Operation Anthropoid,” which would change history forever. 

One of the most terrifying and thrilling stories of World War II, Anthropoid follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city locked down under Nazi occupation, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, the man many saw as Adolf Hitler’s natural successor.  

Alongside Murphy and Dornan stars Charlotte LeBon, Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Anna Geislerová.

Film review - Variety

Movie trailer

 

Farewell, My Queen, dir. Benoit Jacquot (France)

After 1789. On the eve of the French Revolution, those living at the Court of Versailles continue to lead carefree, uninhibited lives, far from the growing unrest in Paris. When news of the assault on the Bastille reaches the court’s ears, the nobles flee along with their servants, deserting the palace… But Sidonie Laborde, a young reader of the Court who is devoted to the Queen, refuses to believe the rumours. She is certain that under Marie-Antoinette’s protection she will come to no harm. Little does she know that these will be the last three days she will spend at her queen’s side.

Film review - Variety

Movie trailer

 

Berlin is in Germany, dir. Hannes Stöhr (Germany)

After a lengthy prison sentence which began in the days of the GDR, Martin has now been released. He only knew the former East Germany, but now he is suddenly confronted with the new, unified Berlin. Trying to find a place in this unknown new world, he meets old friends and his wife who now lives with his son, whom he has never met, and another man.

Film review - Cineclub

Film trailer

 

Kincsem - Bet on Revenge, dir. Gábor Herendi (Hungary)

Hungarian aristocrat and supreme horse trainer Sandor Blaskovich is killed by his former friend, Austrian officer Otto von Oettingen, while arresting him for treason. Von Oettingen takes over the Blaskovich castle with his young daughter Klara, while Sandor’s orphaned son Ernő has to move to a poor labourer’s cottage. Ernő cannot forgive Oettingen for taking his father’s life, land and honour. Years later, he goes on to purchase and train a magnificent horse Kincsem, which he believes will be his winning ticket to regaining the family home. The horse grows into an unbeatable champion but is wild and unruly just as is the woman who also shows a keen interest in Kincsem: Klara von Oettingen.

Movie review - imdb

Movie trailer

 

We Believed, dir. Mario Martone (Italy)

We Believed (Noi credevamo) is an Italian feature film directed by Mario Martone, inspired by actual historical events that occurred in Italy from 1820 to 1860. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival and was released on 12 November 2010. 

The film, articulated in four chapters tells the story of three boys from the south of Italy: Salvatore, with patriotic spirit, Domenico, who believes in friendship and Angelo, a violent man. In 1828 they chose to participate in Giuseppe Mazzini's Republican political movement of "Giovane Italia". Their lives, following this decision, will take different paths, tracing some episodes of the history of the Italian Resurgence.

Movie review - Variety

Movie trailer

 

Warsaw 44, dir. Jan Komasa (Poland)

Stefan became head of his family after his father‘s death. While working in a chocolate factory, he faces everyday humiliation from the Nazis. He is torn between the urge of joining anti-Nazi resistance forces and a promise he made to his mother that he will not engage in military activities. A story of love, friendship and the pursuit of adventure during the bloody and brutal reality of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. 

Despite his promise to his mother, Stefan engages in combat with his friends. Young Poles see their involvement in the underground movement not only as a patriotic duty, but also – as young people used to imagine - as an adventure, an opportunity to brag to their peers and impress girls. They flirt, show off and make plans during their underground training, not realizing the approaching summer will prove to be the hardest test of their lives. What they don’t know is that History has something in store for them…

Movie review - MovieSteve

Movie trailer

 

A Prominent Pacient, dir. Julius Ševčík (CZ, SK)

The film is set in the years 1937-1939 right before the events of the Second World War unfolded. It shows the life of Jan Masaryk when he was the Czechoslovak ambassador to the United Kingdom. The film starts with the death of the first Czechoslovak president and Jan's father Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Jan becomes ambassador to the United Kingdom. Czechoslovakia faces aggression from Nazi Germany, which supports the Sudeten Germans. Masaryk tries to persuade the United Kingdom to help his homeland but the Munich Agreement is eventually settled and Czechoslovakia gives up its borderlands to Germany. Jan Masaryk is devastated and escapes to the United States. He ends up in a sanatorium due to his psychological problems. He is getting treatment by Doctor Stein. Their relationship is problematic because Stein is German. Masaryk is also getting help from an American journalist, Marcia Davenport.

Movie review - Variety

Movie trailer

 

The Swedes in the Korean War, dir. Mikael Hedlund (Sweden)

21 nations stood up for the Korean people´s fight for peace and freedom. Sweden was one of them. With the largest humanitarian undertaking ever made by Sweden, volunteers rushed to help setting up the Swedish Red Cross Hospital in Busan. This was 69 years ago. Today the aging Swedish Samaritans can testify how the Korean war became the start of new relations, new friendships, and lasting, strong bonds between Sweden and Korea.

 

 


 

 

 

Movie poster to download

 

Venue:

55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03177, Korea

Date

From: Nov 9, 2019
To: Nov 30, 2019

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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