They?re Still Painting, and More: The Leipzig Art Scene

First a success, then a bubble: the hype surrounding the ?New Leipzig School? put the city on the map of the art world, but also blinkered its vision.... more more

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No frills woman

Thursday 18 January, 2007

Maren Kroymann made a name for herself doing stand-up. Now she shines in Angelina Maccarone's film "Verfolgt" (pursued) as the older lover in an S&M relationship. The plot description is enough to make most people wince but the film is an exercise in restraint. It also won the Golden Leopard in Locarno in 2006. By Liane von Billerbeck
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Departed and betrayed

Thursday 11 January, 2007

Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" is the story of two cops as mirror-image doppelgangers. But it is a doppelganger itself, a remake of the Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs." While the original is a masterwork of playfulness, the remake confounds police genre and psycho junk. By Ekkehard Knörer
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Adolf on the couch

Wednesday 10 January, 2006

Pop culture has long made a joke of the Führer, while German mainstream culture has been a little more reserved. With "Mein Führer," Dani Levy presents a Hitler to laugh and cry at. According to Harald Martenstein, this only sort of works.
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Giving Europe a Soul?

Wednesday 20 December, 2006

While many Europeans are fed up with Europe, to others it seems like heaven on earth. In presenting itself as an economic power, Europe fails to take advantage of its emotional potential. This is the age of the image, but European stories no longer play a significant role in our theatres. The countries of Europe could dream the European dream if only we had faith in the power of our own imagery! A call to arms by German filmmaker Wim Wenders.
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Reality pingpong

Wednesday 6 December, 2006

Many young German directors are filming with an eye toward authentic stories. Reality is their key. And talking is kept to a minimum. Matthias Luthardt's film "Pingpong" is a paradigm of this Nouvelle Vague Allemande. By Hanns-Georg Rodek
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In the spirit of Goya

Friday 24 November, 2006

Milos Forman's latest film "Goya's Ghosts" is a historic drama set during the Spanish Inquisition. Here, the Czech-American director talks to Ralph Eue about torture techniques, 18th century Europe and being true to the spirit of the facts.
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The book doesn't smell either

Wednesday 20 September, 2006

It's finally happened. The film version of Patrick Süskind's mega-hit "Perfume" has hit the screens. Director Tom Tykwer talks with Dietmar Kammerer about his passion for the project, his proximity to the central figure - a serial killer in pursuit of love - and covering whole neighbourhoods with a layer of filth.
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The Mozart guerilla

Monday 11 September, 2006

The covert avant-garde of world cinema has taken the Venice Film Festival by storm. This year's Mostra featured four cinematographic homages to Mozart commissioned by Peter Sellars, director of Vienna's New Crowned Hope festival. By Katja Nicodemus
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Bucking the blockbuster

Monday 4 September, 2006

Paris is the cinephile's Garden of Eden, yet its arthouse screens are under threat. Having pursued their own form of artistic expression for over 80 years, the Parisian cinemas d'art et d'essai must now use all the ingenuity they can muster to keep bums on seats. By Marc Zitzmann
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Arming Isabelle

Monday 7 August, 2006

Katja Nicodemus raves about Claude Chabrol's new film with his favorite actress, Isabelle Huppert. As an investigative judge in "Comedy of Power," Huppert is a modern femme fatale, mowing down corruption and male condescension with weapons of wit and writ.
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The stone softens

Monday 31 July, 2006

There is more brutality on any street corner in China than in a splatter porn film, yet Chinese films are still subject to censorship. One example is director Lou Ye, whose film "Summer Palace" has him threatened with a professional ban. But if you ask around, you get the impression no one is really incensed about censorship because it can do very little to curtail the truth. By Susanne Messmer
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Healing takes time

Wednesday 19 July, 2006

Jasmila Zbanic's debut feature film "Grbavica" about life in post-war Bosnia won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale. Here, the young director talks with Jan Schulz-Ojala about the war's ugly aftermath, the boycott of her film and the redemptive possiblities of art.

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Everyone has his reasons

Monday 29 May, 2006

In his film debut, Benjamin Heisenberg develops a credible drama in which the fear of terrorism is part of a broader sense of social disorientation. "Sleeper" tells a story of personal betrayal in a world that is as rational as it is paranoid. By Sven von Reden
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The ghosts are leaving the shadows

Wednesday 29 March, 2006

Former GDR dissident and poet Wolf Biermann is pleasantly disappointed that a young aristocratic Wessi like Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck can breathe such convincing life into the Stasi phantoms of his past. The film "The Life of Others" might just be the start of Germany's properly in-depth confrontation with its second dictatorship. Winner of the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Film
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"Sit, Wagner!"

Thursday 23 March, 2006

Spike Lee's most recent film "Inside Man" is a thriller set in a post 9/11 New York. In an interview with the intrepid Katja Nicodemus, Lee talks about American cluelessness, his waning rage and the beloved dachshund of his youth, "Schnitzel".
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