I remember the last Oscar Shorts film screening by Mobile Kino and ShortsTV that took place last year quite well, because the films where so impressive and really moved me. In fact, I had teary eyes with almost every one of them.
This year I will sadly miss the screening at Babylon, but you don’t have to! Together with our friends and partners from Mobile Kino we are raffling off super special balcony seats for the screening on Saturday night. Get a preview of this years Oscar-nominated short films after the jump and find our how to win on our Lucky Thursday!
Middle Daughter, 2013, all artwork by Mantalina Psoma
Just recently the Heinz-Martin Weigand gallery in Charlottenstr. opened the new solo exhibition of Greek painter and former UdK Berlin graduate Mantalina Psoma. Her eerie portraits of women and places caught my attention and was quite impressed by the depth and mystique of her large-scale works. Her realistic style is reminescent of cinema which is also something that fascinated me about the examples that I saw. It’s almost like the scene of a film freezes and the main character looks straight into the camera. Very haunting! The exhibition will be open until April 26, 2014, so you should go have a look. Get some more previews after the jump.
American Hustle is nominated for 10 Oscars. If you have this information it becomes impossible to watch the film without preoccupation. Thus when I went to see it at the packed Press screening at Berlinale my expectations were literally sky high.
Extraordinary jewellery always has a special place in my heart, not only because of my own ventures into jewellery design, but also because I have a great admiration for beautiful products that go beyond the normal aesthetic of their own genre. In the case of the new jewellery collection by Berlin-based label WOMAN.MADE it is exactly that what attracts me. Instead of thin gold chains designer Stephanie Johne uses a thick white rope as a necklace complemented by pendants of short pieces of copper pipes covered in white leather. The combinations of these unusual materials is truely beautiful and very unique. Elegant, minimalistic, but still very bold. And with the size they make excellent statement pieces. As her inspiration for this collection and her label name she mentions Jean-Michel Basquiat, the enfant terrible of the New York art scene of the 80s who she wrote her art history thesis about.
If you like Stephie’s jewellery as much as we do, you should check out her current offer of one of her amazing necklaces on Newniq right here that is still available for another 6 days. See the rest of the collection after the jump.
The surroundings of Kottbusser Tor have become part of the intense nightlive and gay scene since a couple of years now. An important anchor for everything that goes on in this area is a bar called Möbel Olfe. The bar has been synonymous for sex-hungry gay bears, beer-drinking lesbians and fun-seeking expats. It might sound a bit extreme but in the end it has never disappointed me by being a relaxed and great place to hang out with my friends and meeting new people.
A while ago, when we published the Strange Magic anthology, we had a nice story from our beloved author Kevin Junk about the Strange Magic of Möbel Olfe. Now he and his author friend Chloe Zeegen have joined forces to create a unique reading night at Möbel Olfe. Both of them have a full set of amazing stories to read from about the amazing nights they spend their. More details after the jump.
photo: Patrick Mettraux
If you walk around in Berlin with open eyes and with a bit of attention towards the male sex you might have noticed: People love beards here. And it’s not just a hipster thing like in many other big cities. Here in Berlin a man needs a beard, the bigger the better. Girls love, boys love it and can’t have enough of it.
I personally think that every man looks better with a beard. Certainly there are men who look amazing without it too, but surely will look even better with some facial hair. I guess it’s no coincedent that the core I HEART BERLIN team of Claudio, Devid and myself sport a beard as well. And it’s no coincedent either, that one of our favorite series on the blog is the Beard Monologues by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm.
So with all this beard loving it was about time that someone wrote a book about it. Apparently this is what a good friend and work mate of mine thought. Together with author Kevin Clarke he compiled a great compendium of manly beards with lots of photos and texts about the history of facial hair, the styles in different cultures and it’s meaning and appearance in pop culture and fashion. The book was released by Berlin-based publisher Bruno Gmünder and has the spot-on title BEARDS – An Unshaved History. You can win a copy now on our Lucky Thursday! They also have their own dedicated beard lover Facebook page – make sure to follow.
photo: Denitsa Ruseva
The independent theater scene of Berlin is unique and reknowned all over the world. Nowhere else you’ll find so many different kinds of theater makers and enthusiast like here. A great festival to get to experience a good portion of it is the upcoming 100° Festival of Independent Theater that takes place from Thursday to Sunday. Partiticipating stages are my three favourite independent theaters Sophiensaele, Ballhaus Ost and HAU. Four days, several stages and hundreds of perfomances and pieces make it impossible to see them all. This is also because the 100° Berlin has no borders – everyone can apply, productions of all genres and content are considered. The culmination is the award ceremony held in the Sophiensaele with a final party I definetly recommend you to join. You can read the full program if you like or just jump from one crazy perfomance to another and enjoy the unexpected. More information here.
Black Coal, Thin Ice
In the past 10 days I was in war in Afghanistan (In between Worlds), in India with a couple of Bavarians (Amma & Appa), robbed a bank (The Dog) and sat in one room with George Clooney (Press Conference). I saw 37 films in the 10 Berlinale days and as you can imagine I’m pretty buggered.
The Internaional Berlin Film Festival was a movie marathon and also demanded high emotional intensity from me. Because with each new film you dive into a new world. And if everything goes well and the audience can really identify with the characters the stories don’t simply happen to them on screen, but also to those watching.
So the film spectacle swollowed me whole and then spit me back out into the real world yesterday. Now I’m trying to comprehend what happened to me, make meaning out of what I saw and survived.
photos: Bettina Stöß
While growing up in East Germany but coming from Italy, I had quite the strange childhood experience. I was the first kid with a “migrant” background at my school and everybody treated my like some sort of alien (even if my father is German). I remember one of my teachers touching my hair and looking into my eyes and saying: You are like the “little Muck” from the fairytales from Thousand and one Nights. She had never seen a kid with my skin and hair color before. Personally, I was always a little attracted by the ancient Arabic world, the beautiful illustration and wonderful symetrie of the architecture. Also, I know from several sources that sex was not always a tabu topic in the Arabic culture. I think the famous book One thousand and one Nights is actually the most obvious proof that there where once more playful sexual behaviours then nowadays in the Arabic culture.
The recently premiered ballett The Nights by the Staatsballett Berlin is showcasing several choreographies inspired by One Thousand and One Nights by the same choreographer who chreated the amazing Snowhite Ballet. Read my impressions of this ballet after the jump.
As part of their new campaign Transform Today Absolut Vodka invited award-winning graphic novelist Rafael Grampá from Brasil to create a very special brand new animated film titled #NextFrame that is being developed right now and will celebrate its premiere next month here in Berlin at the MADE Space.
What makes this film very special is the fact that you can take part in the writing process by suggesting ideas and details or voting for them for each of the scenes of the film. Of all the suggestions that he receives through the Absolut Facebook page Rafael will pick his favorite ones and integrate it into the film.
It’s a very interesting participative concept and I’m super curious how the results of the input of so many people will come together in the end. I’m curious what elements they will chose to be suggested by people, so far it has been for the design of a tattoo of one of the characters, the choreography of a dance, and the look of two creatures that appear in the story. After the jump you can get some impressions of the process and see a video about Rafael. Get involved and start suggesting your ideas for the next scenes every day on Facebook until Febuary 21. Have fun!