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  • GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

    GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

    Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini are among the most important artists of the Early Renaissance. Their work was closely interlinked and yet they remained rivals throughout their lives. Who were these men? Both born in Italy in the 15th century, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini became the most important artists of the Early Renaissance, although they could not have been more different. The two painters, who were brothers-in-law, influenced each other’s work for many years, but throughout their lives they […]

  • WE WERE KINGS

    WE WERE KINGS

    Music drama about a group of youths from the German provinces who make it to LA with their band – but fail disastrously. As adults, they overcome their personal demons to make music again. And they stay friends. “We swear we’ll be the best rock band ever,” they scribbled immodestly on the back of their demo tape in 2000. “If you don’t believe us, fuck off!” The recipients were the biggest record labels in America, the senders: UNION YOUTH, a […]

  • PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    Focusing on the phenomenon of her extraordinary voice, this film pays tribute to ‘The First Lady of Song’ – Ella Fitzgerald – on what would have been her 100th birthday on 25 April 2017. Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is a phenomenon and unrivalled to this day. She had absolute pitch and perfect intonation. Ella’s voice spanned three octaves, her phrasing seemed effortless, and the odd moments in her nearly sixty-year career when she sang off-key were few and far between. There […]

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  • CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher write successful crime novels about an era that has never before been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich. They have written crime novels about an era that until now has rarely been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich, itself the cause of inconceivable crimes and atrocities. Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher have broken an unspoken German rule that the Third Reich should not be the subject of […]

  • LEONORA CARRINGTON – THE LOST SURREALIST

    LEONORA CARRINGTON – THE LOST SURREALIST

    The extraordinary life of the British-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington is chronicled in this study of the “lost” surrealist. Interspersed with experimental animation and tableux, the film celebrates a woman whose artistic contribution has been historically overlooked. Leonora Carrington lived and worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement – yet ended up virtually unknown in Mexico City. This film explores her dazzling and remarkable life through her strange and haunting […]

  • BILLIE HOLIDAY – A SENSATION

    BILLIE HOLIDAY – A SENSATION

    April 7, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959). A worthy occasion to honour the unforgettable jazz icon. Her life was a roller-coaster ride and has since been the subject of countless myths, legends and rumours. She found true happiness only in music. She lived for jazz and gave it all she had to give. She loved to associate and perform with musicians. The rest of her life was characterised by pain, humiliation, […]

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  • PIERO MANZONI

    PIERO MANZONI

    Piero Manzoni created such radical pieces of art as 90 cans labelled “Artist’s Shit”. A film about his creative work with very personal statements from close friends and relatives. Piero Manzoni (1933 – 1963) was an Italian artist best known for his ironic approach to avant-garde art. Manzoni is most famous for a series of artworks that call into question the nature of the art object, directly prefiguring Conceptual Art. His work is widely seen as a critique of mass […]

  • HITLER’S MADONNA

    HITLER’S MADONNA

        During the final days of WWII a drama took place at the salt mine of Altaussee in Austria. Serving as a huge repository for priceless art stolen by the Nazis, eight bombs threatened to destroy the mine. Who rescued the thousands of paintings? While the Nazis were in power, they plundered cultural property from every territory they occupied. This was conducted in a systematic manner with organisations specifically created to determine which public and private collections were most […]

  • MICHAEL JACKSON – A LIFE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE

    MICHAEL JACKSON – A LIFE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE

    This documentary explores the phenomenon that was Michael Jackson and the factors that were critical in his rise from blue-collar boy from Gary, Indiana, to the biggest superstar of all time. We also discuss the fact that the colour of his skin, the very thing that made the public presence of coloured artists an issue, actually got lighter over the course of his career. His facial structure also changed dramatically. These transformations were always dogged by innumerable interpretations and much […]

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  • THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    Who was Shakespeare? We look at the stories and the controversy surrounding the identity of the greatest writer of all time. Over the course of the last centuries, a rumour has established itself as fact: that a merchant from Stratford-upon-Avon by the name of William Shakespeare is the author. However, no handwritten texts have survived, no letters, not even references to his writings from that time. Mark Twain, Henry James and Vladimir Nabokov did not believe that the man from […]

  • POP ON THE ROCKS

    POP ON THE ROCKS

    Discover the pop-cultural evolution and emancipation of a country, which is a cultural breaking point between Europe and America. Where education, life expectancy and sustainable production of energy are concerned, Iceland is a leading force to be reckoned with. Where music is concerned, the Nordic mini-country is a study in greatness. Iceland – most of all its capital Reykjavík – is a microcosm and a laboratory for creative individuals and adventurous musicians. Reykjavík is the home of about 400 bands […]