Film of the Fortnight: Tokyo Story

September is back and with it Film of the Fortnight. Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu Tokyo Story is the most praised film made by Japanese Yasujiro Ozu, one of the highest regarded filmmakers that has ever lived. The setup is simple: an elderly married couple set out to visit their grown-up children living in Tokyo….

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Perfume Genius | Way Out West – August 11, 2017

It was with great enthusiasm that my fellow audience members and I welcomed Perfume Genius – dressed in a white tank top, tailored beige plaid pants with elaborate details on the knees connoting musketeer boots, shiny black semi high-heeled shoes and a thick fake gold chain around his neck – on stage in Slottsskogen on…

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Series of the Summer: Queer as Folk (US version)

Just like last year at this time, Film of the Fortnight will take a vacation and make room for Series of the Summer – a carefully chosen tv-series to keep you audio-visually running through the summer months. As before, Film of the Fortnight will be back in September. Until then, have fun and take care….

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William Kentridge – Thick Time | Louisiana, Denmark

My latest art love at first sight was William Kentridge. I came into contact with Kentridge’s artistry about a year ago. I was visiting Lousiana – the museum of modern art in Humlebæk, Denmark – to check out their main exhibition at the time, Eye Attack, and decided to also take the opportunity to see…

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Film of the Fortnight: Songs from the Second Floor

Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Roy Andersson Roy Andersson is arguably Sweden’s greatest and definitely Sweden’s most singular living filmmaker. There are many things that set Andersson apart, among them the imagery that has become his hallmark – bleak tableauesque scenes devoid of cuts and close ups – and an unmistakable absurdist tone. The…

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Film of the Fortnight: Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Alain Resnais Hiroshima mon amour is a French-Japanese drama film directed by Alain Resnais, with a screenplay by Marguerite Duras. On the surface it depicts the affair between a French actress, shooting an anti-war film in Hiroshima, and a Japanese architect. At its core it deals with subjects such as understanding…

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Marina Abramović – The Cleaner | Moderna Museet, Stockholm

It is tricky to do a retrospective of a performance artist. How do you represent art that is situated, relational, temporal and sometimes even immaterial in a representative manner? It is also tricky to write a review of a retrospective of a performance artist. Is it the art or the representation of the art that…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 2

This article is the second part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. (The first part, which contains background information, you can find here.) The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too…

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Film of the Fortnight: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future,…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 1

This article is the first part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too often obscured behind numbers and terminology like “a wave of refugees”….

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