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Should artists stay above politics? “Werk ohne Autor” [2018 Germany]

Though this is not the central theme, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, in his Oscar-nominated semi-biographical epic “Werk ohne Autor” [Eng. Title: Never Look Away], poses a rarely discussed question; Are artists – as liberators, revolutionaries, and thinkers, letting themselves … Continue reading

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A brief film review: “Alanis” [2017 Argentina]

Anahí Berneri captures a moving and at times probing portrait of a young mother and sex worker in her drama “Alanis”. But instead of the gloom and melancholy usually associated with films delving into the subject, it is surprisingly … Continue reading

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A load of bull: “El árbol de la sangre” [2018 Spain]

And they end up being as attention-gathering as only a Julio Medem can manage (apart from Bigas Luna, of course). While the bulls and cows in his latest drama, “El árbol de la sangre” [Eng. Title: The Tree of Blood] might … Continue reading

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Grow more pineapple! “Der Geschmack von Leben” [2017 Germany]

No, this is not a new UN directive concerning public nutrition (though it might be a refreshing idea), but it might increase demand for pineapple if Roland Reber and his vlogging protagonist Nikki’s advice to drink more pineapple juice … Continue reading

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Interview: Antje Nikola Mönning – ‘Tasting Life’

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To most Germans above a certain age, Antje Nikola Mönning is remembered for her role as ‘Jenny’ the nun in the long running TV series ‘Un Himmels Willen’. But over the past decade, she has become an integral part of … Continue reading

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