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  • THE LAST CATHEDRAL

    THE LAST CATHEDRAL

    Italian Rinaldo Rinaldi one of the last set painters to produce their huge backdrops in specially constructed spaces in theatres. An excursion into the magical world of the theatre. Rinaldo Rinaldi is one of the last set painters to produce their huge backdrops in specially constructed spaces in old theatres. Traditionally, these halls were passed on from one set painter to another but nowadays their work is increasingly outsourced. Rinaldo Rinaldi has been at the Teatro Comunale Modena in Italy […]

  • BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    Bugatti – a name that is synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell the story of a family that is still a myth today despite – or perhaps because of – its turbulent past. Bugatti – a name that’s synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell the story of a family of fanatics. Father Carlo Bugatti was a painter, designer and architect who designed extravagant furniture for European dynasties at the end of the 19th century. […]

  • LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling, led his life in the fast lanes between Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the middle of the Californian desert, where Hollywood stars […]

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  • REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    Edgar Froese, electronic music pioneer and founder of the band Tangerine Dream, was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. A tribute to the musician, who died in 2015, and to the era of electronic music. “Tangerine Dream is science fiction!” Electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese founded the band Tangerine Dream at the end of the 1960s. He was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. He used heartbeats and breathing sounds, and experimented with synthesizers […]

  • METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    From rock star to politician. Freddy Lim, Taiwan’s most political heavy metal singer, pursues his own unique career from passionate stage performer to active member of parliament. We accompany him for one year. Shaking his long hair and yelling hoarsely into the microphone, Freddy Lim from Taiwan is in his element performing on stage as the lead singer of his heavy metal band. But he’s no less passionate about his political career. In 2015, he founded the New Power Party […]

  • 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 […]

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  • WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    To deal with their experiences during the Gaza war, a group of young people have written a play “The Gaza-Monologues”. A film about living under occupation and about the power of theatre and art. In the aftermath of the first Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009, 33 girls and boys from Gaza wrote down their experiences. Initiated by the Ramallah-based ASHTAR Theatre, the project led to the production of a play entitled “The Gaza Mono-Logues”. Since 2010, the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • THE GRAND LITERATOUR

    THE GRAND LITERATOUR

    Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French Riviera and Uwe Johnson’s New York – great authors on tour! We revisit the countries they wrote about. We go time-travelling with four of the most fascinating authors in literary history. The tour revisits the countries they wrote about and re-experiences these journeys through their writing. We embark on unique voyages intertwining both past and present. Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French […]

  • 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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