If you knew me at university, you’d know my life revolved around early morning Taiwan cinema film screenings which are characterised by their incredibly slow style. I’m yet to meet a Taiwanese person who likes Taiwan cinema, but equally I’ve probably not been talking to the right crowd.
And if the right crowd is anywhere, they should be at SPOT-Taipei Film House. Once the residence of the U.S. ambassador, designated a grade three historic site, and now owned by Taiwan director, Hou Hsiao-hsien, this is no doubt Taiwan’s most beautiful cinema.
Unfortunately, the Taipei Film House, which is the only cinema in Taiwan that screens only independent and avant-garde films, rarely screens English-language films and subtitles are only in Chinese. Nonetheless, the small grounds are worth a wander and inside you can browse in an indie shop and check out racks of Taiwan cinema posters, DVDs, magazines and memorabilia.
The area around the Film House (at Zhongshan MRT) is home to a cluster of boutique, eco-friendly stores and fair-trade coffee shops. It’s a good way to wile away a weekend afternoon – light on your wallet if you enjoy browsing without buying like me, otherwise be prepared for hefty price-tags in this area.
How to get there?
Exit at Zhongshan MRT and follow the almost pedestrianized street behind you. Take your first right at SPOT-Taipei Film House will be on your right.