B3 Cultural Kiosk - 4/2020

Mourning Florian Schneider

German musician Florian Schneider is dead. Together with Ralf Hütter he founded the band Kraftwerk at the end of the 1960s. Kraftwerk played a key role in shaping the history of electronic pop music. The band’s music and style have repeatedly inspired other creative industries. We bow to the overall art work Kraftwerk and remember Florian Schneider with the visually brilliant re-edition of WIR SIND DIE ROBOTER (3-D The catalogue) from 2017.


Netflix Documents Michelle Obama’s Lecture Tour

Michelle Obama’s autobiography "Becoming" is spawning yet another commercial endeavor:

After her world bestselling book got another book to go with it ("Becoming: Find Your Inner Voice", 2019), a documentary film is now to follow. „Becoming. My Story“ is a film about Obama’s 2018 lecture tour for the publication of her memoir. It is available for streaming on Netflix as of May 6. Her lecture tour took Obama to cities throughout the US and to London. Filmmaker Nadia Hallgren travelled with her and is now providing viewers with insights into the tour and the life of the former First Lady.

Oscar Changes Rules

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that movies which were not previously screened in theaters are nonetheless eligible for an Oscar nomination. Traditionally, each film must be screened in a Los Angeles theater for a minimum of seven consecutive days in order to be considered for a nomination. However, all cinemas in Los Angeles have been closed for over a month due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Once they reopen, the temporarily relaxed rule will be repealed, says the Academy. The 93rd Academy Awards are scheduled for February 28, 2021.

Podcast on TV series

Listen in on films and series: TV series expert Nina Leibold is set to host a new bi-weekly podcast on pay-TV channel Sky, called "Echt jetzt. Sky Serien und Filme im Reality-Check" ("For real. The reality check for films and series.) Each episode of the podcast is to feature a special guest who can bring a fictional series into the real world or provide listeners with a new angle or perspective on the main themes of a series or film. The pilot episode is all about the new season of "Das Boot“, a Sky original. The podcast will also be available free of charge on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and Sky.de.

Artists Give Hope

Milan’s architectural magazine, designboom, has invited artists from all over the world to send messages of hope to readers in times of the Corona pandemic. Among the artists who have responded so far are Olafur Eliasson, David Shrigley, Julian Charrière, Doug Aitken, Monica Bonvicini and Tomás Saraceno. Most recently, New York-based artist Tony Oursler released a video featuring his ventriloquist puppet stooky bill.


HessenFilm Grants 1,7 Million Euros

As part of the state of Hesse's current film funding programme, 10 new film productions and 10 additional projects in the stages of script development, pre-production, post production and distribution are receiving a total of about 1.7 million euros. Says Minister of Arts and Culture, Angela Dorn: "The diversity of the funded productions and projects proves how much cinematic talent there is in Hesse."

Five Millions for Arthouse Cinemas

On the occasion of 50 successful prize-givings and in the context of the current Corona crisis, the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) is granting a one-time special award for arthouse cinemas this year. The BKM is making a total of 5 million euros available to previous winners of the cinema programme award. The one-off payment of 10,000 euros per screen is made in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the award-winning cinemas for the distribution of German films of artistic merit. The special prize on the occasion of the 50th anniversary is aimed at award winners who have received a BKM Cinema Programme Award at least once in the years 2017, 2018, 2019. The maximum amount of subsidy per cinema is 50,000 euros. These funds may also be used for ongoing operational costs - not only for investment. They are intended to secure the existence of the award-winning cinemas, especially in the current difficult situation.

Locarno Helps Indies

After cancelling its 73rd edition, the Locarno Film Festival has announced that it will not organize an online version. Instead, the festival has launched an initiative to support independent cinema, entitled "Locarno 2020 - For the future of films“. Locarno is considered a pioneer of international indie cinema and the industry behind it. Cash prizes are to be awarded to "directors whose film projects have been stalled by the pandemic, causing them tp suffer economic damage", said the festival management. At the same time, the film festival wants to support Swiss art house cinemas.

New Online Cinema Supports Small Cinemas in Japan

A platform called "Temporary Cinema" aims to help independent Japanese movie theaters during the Covid-19 crisis. This online cinema screens films that would normally be showing in regular arthouse cinemas right now. The project was initiated by film distributor Tofoo LLC and documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda. More than 40 independent cinemas and six distributors are part of the project. From June onwards, foreign films will be shown alongside Japanese ones. Just like in a real cinema, people have to buy a ticket on the website. The proceeds go directly to the cinemas that wanted to show the film as well as to distributors and producers.

Bavaria Promotes Extended Realities

Starting now on its website, the FFF Bayern(FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH) is providing detailed information as well as the necessary forms for its new funding section "Extended Realities". In this funding section, a total of 450,000 euros will be available annually for projects in the fields of VR, AR, MR and immersive sound projects.

Recommendations from the B3 Community

6x6 project Promotes Digital Art

6x6 project is an artist-run online platform dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of artists’ moving image works. Founded by artist Mirelle Borra in 2017, the project seeks to build an international artist community. The platform makes it easier for artists to sell their time-based media art and control the sales environment. 6x6 project draws inspiration from the alternative art space movement of the 1970s in New York by applying the ‘artists-selecting-artists’ model—six artists, each selecting another artist to be featured on the platform, every six weeks. Since its launch, there have been 19 editions with 6 different artists each. There are now a total of 114 artists’ profiles and almost 300 works available to view on the website. In addition to their online presence, the makers regularly organize screenings and presentations in art spaces in Berlin, London and other cities. https://6x6project.com


"If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out." Oscar Wilde

Wonderful childhood, wicked childhood, sad childhood, enchanting childhood… French movies of the past decades tell us about it with great emotional depth.

We laugh, we cry, we suffer with the heroes, and are perhaps reminded of days gone by.

Small Change

LArgent de poche
France 1976
Directed by Francois Truffaut
DVD available in Germany on Amazon

The film tells stories of everyday life in a small French town from the point of view of several youth: Julien, who comes from a poor background, lies, steals and gets beaten by his mother and grandmother; Patrick, who lives alone with his paraplegic father, experiences his first kiss at the end of the film; and Sylvie, daughter of a policeman, makes contact with the neighbours via her father's megaphone... Little stories from the midst of life. This film is yet another touching masterpiece by Francois Truffaut.

The Lexikon des internationalen Films (Encyclopedia of International Cinema) calls "Small Change“ an "autobiographically colored, lightly and charmingly told film, with exceptional understanding and empathy for young people in their first phase of puberty".

War of the Buttons

La guerre des boutons based on the novel of the same name by Louis Pergaud
France 1962
Directed by Yves Robert
DVD available in Germany on Amazon

The boys of two neighbouring villages are fighting each other. Their trophies are the buttons of their clothes (especially theirtrousers). This "war" seems to escalate more and more. The boys fight with all means, even naked. In the end, the two leaders of the respective gangs are, probably by accident, sent to the same boarding school by their fathers, who are also enemies. The boys become friends and swear to never do as their their fathers did...

"Yves Robert's War of the Buttons" is a classic children’s movies par excellence. Today, over forty years after its premiere, the film has lost none of its freshness. Because, en passant, director Robert criticizes the brutal education with the cane, standing up for humanity... "War of the Buttons" is an absolute must for children, but also for their parents! (Filmreporter).
A link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCLyEcOb_Vo

Au Revoir, les Enfants

Au revoir, les enfants
France 1987
Directed by Louis Malle
DVD available in Germany on Amazon, rental available on Youtube:

Set in a boys' boarding school in German-occupied France in Winter 1944, the film focusses on two boys: Julien Quentin and Jean Bonnet, both around 12 years old. Jean has only recently been admitted to the boarding school. His real name is Jean Kippelstein. He is Jewish and is hidden from the Nazis by the boarding school director, Father Jean. The Father is denounced, and through a tiny carelessness of his friend Julien, Jean is also found out by the Germans... In this film, Louis Malle probably achieved his best, most touching directing work.

"Louis Malle tells this memory of a boy’s formative years as a process of maturing during difficult times. Emotions and authenticity are well balanced. A moving depiction of human behaviour between the poles of racism, betrayal, guilt and solidarity." (Lexikon des internationalen Films)

Tea in the Harem

Le Thé au harem dArchimède based on a novel of the same name by Mehdi Charef
France 1985
Directed by Mehdi Charef
DVD available in Germany on Amazon

Mahdi Charef did what only a few people succeed in doing. He adapted his own novel, creating a film with an impressive story about the life of two youths in the Parisian suburbs, the banlieues. The boys live on the fringes of society amidst drugs, crime, prostitution and poor people trying to keep their heads above water juggling all kinds of jobs. There seems to be no escape from the banlieues. One day, the young people steal a car and drive it to theocean, enjoying a moment of happiness with their friends... An impressive portrait of the grey satellite towns of our metropolises, which gives the people living there a voice and brings their fates closer to the audience.

"Social realism and dreams combine to create a perfectly staged film in the tradition of the subject's classics.“ (Lexikon des internationalen Films)

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Die Puppe with live music by Uwe Oberg and Silvia Sauer

7:30 PM Die Puppe with live music by Uwe Oberg and Silvia Sauer Murnau Film Theatre in Wiesbaden