The Local View ? Neighbourhood Cinemas and Alternative Film Projects

Many small neighbourhood cinemas invested in the future. The digital options for showing films are opening up new vistas for alternative projects. Not all of them are legal.... more more

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"Despair is something vast"

Thursday 28 December 2006

A conversation with composer Wolfgang Rihm about productive solitude, the predominance of entertainment, and his new monodrama "Das Gehege" (The Aviary). By Thomas Assheuer and Claus Spahn

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Whom to thank?

Wednesday 27 December, 2006

Human reason is weighed down by questions it can neither reject nor answer beyond the shadow of a doubt. The existence of God is one such question, pitting spiritual needs against intellectual honesty. By Ernst Tugendhat
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Lifestyle nationalism

Thursday 21 December, 2006

Nationalist chic has Bulgaria in its grip and anti-Europeanism is catching on fast. Europe's main problem is the divergence of rule of law and democracy and the consequences will be extremely hard to turn back, writes the Bulgarian cultural anthropologist Ivaylo Ditchev.
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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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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 19 December, 2006

Prospect wonders whether capitalism needs democracy. Writer Jerzy Pilch claims in Tygodnik Powszechny that happy people don't write books. Revista de Libros celebrates the Chilean Boswell, Adolfo Bioy Caseres. Gazeta Wyborcza fears that Cuba post Castro might borrow a leaf from Pinochet's Chile. In Le Point, Bernard-Henri Levy fears that Castro may follow Pinochet: yet another dictator allowed to die peacefully in bed. Magyar Hirlap recalls the famine that Ukraine was subjected to by Stalin. The TLS tells how Margaret Thatcher was charmed by a Spanish foreign minister. Die Weltwoche was kidnapped by the Taliban.
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Les Minguettes

Monday 18 December, 2006

Since France's first suburban riots took place there in 1981, Les Minguettes has had a serious image problem. The suburb of Lyon is synonymous with integration problems, urban violence and social decay. But having taken the time to look behind the apartment block facades, Anne-Marie Vaterlaus paints a picture not entirely devoid of hope.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 12 December, 2006

In Lettre International, Bora Cosic describes the decadence of culture in Belgrade. The Economist points its finger at the machismo of the German press. In Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens ponders why women can never make him laugh. Asharq al-Awsat reports on the debates in the Arab Writer's Union. In Figaro, Pascal Bruckner demands a culture of courage in the West. The London Review of Books looks at an example of bio-sentimentality. And Tygodnik quips that the Pope nearly converted to Islam in Istanbul.
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Thomas Bernhard for life

Monday 11 December, 2006

TeaserPicIn a major interview given a few years before his death, the irascible Austrian author Thomas Bernhard talks about the musicality of language, the eroticism of old men, the corruption of German writers, the twistedness of mankind, the similarities between Christianity and Nazism, the incurability of stupidity and what it means to be branded "Thomas Bernhard" for life. By Werner Wögerbauer (Photo © Andrej Reiser / Suhrkamp Verlag)
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Books this Season: Nonfiction & Political Books

Autumn 2006

György Dalos and Paul Lendvai explore the Hungarian Uprising. Saul Friedländer gives the first truly all-encompassing portrayal of the Holocaust. There's a run of striking memoirs by Imre Kertesz, Günter Grass and Joachim Fest. And Gary Schwartz' "Rembrandt Book" is the talk of the Rembrandt year.
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Books this Season

Thursday 7 December, 2006

Indian literature burst onto the German market, rambunctious and effervescing. A choir of Eastern European voices sings of the Hungarian Uprising, the lost province of Sarmatia and Machiavellian nasties in provincial Poland. German literature scales mountains in free verse and buries itself in the aging process. And many a great man remembers...
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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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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 5 December, 2006

Folio looks for freedom - in China, Russia, the Arab world and jail. Nepszabadsag bows before monsters in skirts and proud fairies - and before Magda Szabo, whose stories deal with both. In Gazeta Wyborcza, Dorota Maslowska says why drama is like maths. The TLS reads Thomas Pynchon's new novel as a protest against the experience of being obliterated. In DU, Felicitas Hoppe admits she can't swim before being baptised at the Equator. Wired wonders how it's possible to sell Meow Mix with exploding cats. In Elet es Irodalom, Laszlo Földenyi celebrates the shadowy paintings of Attila Szücs. And The New York Times tells the CIA to develop mob intelligence.
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The triumph of Eerke, Juerke and Veeke

Tuesday 5 December, 2006

German painter Tomma Abts left for London twelve years ago. Her quiet, geometric paintings with Frisian names have just won her the Turner Prize. Morgan Falconer talked to her on the eve of award ceremony.
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The artist and his doctor

Monday 4 December, 2006

A deadly brain disease connects painter Jörg Immendorff and neurologist Thomas Meyer. One has ALS, the other is working on a cure. By Jan Brandt (Image: Jörg Immendorff, "Solo". Courtesy The Saatchi Gallery)

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