Arts & Culture

From spy to barbarian: Interview with Oscar-winner Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance’s portrayal of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller The Bridge of Spies earned the British-born actor an Oscar in 2015. Rylance recently attended 76th Venice Film Festival to present...

Interview with Tiago Guedes

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At last month’s 76th Venice Film Festival New Europe’s Federico Grandesso sat down for an exclusive interview in the famed lagoon city with Portuguese director Tiago Guedes about his new film A Herdade (The Estate)...

Interview: ‘Adults in the Room’ director Costa Gavras on political movie making

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Famed political director returns home to bring the Greek financial crisis to life At 86-years-old Greek-born French director Costa Gavras has been one the most widely-acclaimed directors of political drama of the last 50 years....

Mission for God: Rebuilding Sofiko’s Monastery

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Untouched Corinthian mountain, coastal town lures tourists. SOLYGEIA, Greece – When Greek Orthodox nun Lidia arrived alone at the deteriorating convent of The Assumption of the Virgin at Sofiko 40 years ago, she did not...

Ukraine’s creative youth reappraise the country’s Soviet aesthetics

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Whether by choice or necessity, Ukraine’s new generation of creative professionals are rebelling against former President Petro Poroshenko’s draconian ‘de-Communisation’ policies by calling for a reappraisal of Soviet aesthetics as they strive for cultural...

INTERVIEW: American director Abel Ferrara on how personal struggles have shaped his worldview

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At last month’s Cannes film festival American Director Abel Ferrara presented his latest movie Tommaso which stars Oscar-nominated veteran actor Willem Dafoe, who plays an American-born artist living in Rome with his wife and...

Europe needs sustainable urban development and Copenhagen is paving the way

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The world is urbanising and fast. More than 55% of the global population live in towns and cities, according to the United Nations. With another 2.5 billion people likely to move to urban areas...

An American photographic journey

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American Photographer Steve Shapiro is one of the icons of 20th-century world photography. Shapiro is presenting his work in Switzerland at the Maison du Diable - Espace Culturel de la Fondation Fellini through September....

A South American kidnapping story pulls at the heartstrings in Cannes

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Peruvian film director Melina Leòn presented her touching first film Song Without a Name at the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. A powerful black and white film set in the 1980s,...

The first Hindu temple of Ireland

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Dr Hemant Kumar is a medical doctor in Dublin and the President of the Vedic Hindu Cultural Centre of Ireland. He arrived in Dublin in the 1990s from India and soon became a central...

Greek archeologist unearths city founded by Trojan prisoners

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TENEA, Greece – When Greek archeologist Eleni Korka and her team discovered some of the remains of a housing settlement, hundreds of coins and jewelry in the early autumn last year, they knew they...

EU-funded ‘The Favourite’ takes home Oscar

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The EU’s support for European filmmakers garnered real results after Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos  The Favourite took home the 2019 best actress Oscar during the annual Academy Awards on February 24. The Irish-UK-US coproduction was the recipient of a...

Miller: Bring the Marbles back or send the Parthenon to Britain

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ANCIENT NEMEA, GREECE – Britain should the return the Parthenon marbles to their home in Athens in order for the surviving sculptures to be reunited, Stephen Miller, the renowned American Classical Archaeologist from the...

Miller’s Macedonian connection to the Ancient Nemean Games

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ANCIENT NEMEA, GREECE – Stephen Miller, the renowned American classical Archaeologist from the University of California at Berkeley and the architect of the revival of the Nemean Games on antiquity, is already preparing for...

INTERVIEW with Oscar Winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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After having presented his last film Never Look Away while it was in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Oscar winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck got news that his film will be Germany’s...

Greece’s Thessaloniki International Fair focuses on the American factor

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The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) has for 83 years marked the traditional high point of the Greek economic calendar and forms the venue for each Greek prime minister to lay out the country’s economic...

Emirati women become a powerful force on UAE’s cultural scene

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Never one to mince words, Nayla Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates’ first female director and producer seems to have no issue continually exercising her enviable skill of portraying exotic stories that can grip...

Venice Commission asks Hungary not to adopt “Stop Soros” law 

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The Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's advisory body of independent constitutional law experts – has asked the Hungarian parliament to reject legislation designed to curtail the activities of NGOs deemed to be supporting illegal immigration,...

Kuciak and Halet awarded prize for ‘Journalists and Whistleblowers’

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The murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and LuxLeaks whistleblower Raphaël Halet have been named the first recipients of the inaugural award for ‘Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information’, by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) in...

French President Emmanuel Macron receives Charlemagne Prize

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French President Emmanuel Macron has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen "in recognition of his vision of a new Europe.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Macron outside Aachen's cathedral just before celebrations got under way. Awarded...

Amnesty International says Turkey has become ‘a dungeon for journalists’

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With the international community celebrating World Press Freedom Day on May 3, journalists and human rights activists around the world used the occasion to speak out about the climate of fear in Turkey since a failed...

Q&A with Serj Tankian on Armenia’s Velvet Revolution

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Over the course of a fortnight, thousands of Armenian opposition activists - thought of as marginalised and irrelevant by most of the international community only a month ago - managed to oust its corrupt...

Hatred of journalism threatens democracies says media watchdog RSF

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The organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is warning that violations of press freedom are no longer the practice of authoritarian regimes and dictatorships. The Paris-based group said in its 2017 World Press Freedom Index, released...

Romanians are the least happy in the EU according to Eurobarometer

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Burdened by personal health problems, as well as inequality and injustice in society, Romanians seem to be the saddest citizens in the European Union, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey published by the European Commission. Only...

The Shape of a Director’s Fantasies

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New Europe’s Federico Grandesso recently sat down with Oscar-winning Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival to discuss with the director of “The Shape of Water” his vision...

Sweden’s ‘the Square’ reflects on society’s responsibility as citizens

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During the Zurich Film Festival, a rising star among the European cinema events, New Europe’s Federico Grandesso sat down with Swedish film director Ruben Östlund to discuss his most recent film “The Square” a...

EU Commission releases 2017 list of dangerous products, killer toys

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The European Commission on Monday released its 2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products, with toys and cars leading the lot. Several models of the popular fidget spinners, cars, and motorcycles topped the...

TEDxBrussels loses license after controversial artist dragged off-stage

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TEDxBrussels's license was revoked Monday after controversial Luxembourg-born artist Deborah de Robertis was forcibly removed from the stage during her talk. "Opening my vagina is like opening my mouth," de Robertis said during her performance while speaking about...

The Committee to Protect Journalists criticises Ukraine for use of force against the media

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ukrainian authorities to investigate claims that police attacked journalists covering a protest in Kiev, and to ensure the safety of the press. The New York-based media watchdog said...

Sarajevo drops decision to honour Nobel laureate Pamuk amid pressure from Turkey

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Bosnia's capital Sarajevo has dropped an earlier decision to make famed Turkish writer and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk an “honourary citizen” after coming under heavy pressure from the government of authoritarian Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Pamuk, 65,...

HRW criticises Germany’s new social media law as ‘dangerous precendent’

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A new German law that compels social media companies to remove hate speech and other illegal content can lead to unaccountable, overbroad censorship and should be promptly reversed, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 1, Germany started enforcing...

Pro-Russia AfD delegation in Crimea sparks outrage in Kiev

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Ukraine's prosecutor general has launched a criminal case against a group of far-right German politicians made an illegal visit to Crimea. According to the case filed against them, the delegation of German lawmakers are from Alternative for...

Trump asks Pentagon to prepare Red Square-style military parade

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US President Donald J. Trump has reportedly asked the Pentagon to prepare a Red Square-style military parade that would be “a celebration where all Americans can show their appreciation (for the country's armed forces,"...

Elena Shchukina: Breaking with tradition in the art world

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The art world has always suffered from two main afflictions. It has long struggled to rid itself of an air of exclusivity; a seminal private members club which one cannot join without mixing in...

Social networking app Nextdoor launches in France

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Nextdoor, an app similar to Facebook that connects neighbours rather than friends and colleagues launched in France Thursday, according to the app's website. Nextdoor allows users to find a nearby babysitter, be notified when a burglary occurs,...

Da Vinci painting auctioned for €382 million

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One of the 20 known painting of Leonardo da Vinci auctioned on Thursday at Christie’s in New York fetched a record €382 million ($450 million), breaking an all-times record for any individual work of...

Venice seeks compromise with the cruise industry

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An Italian government committee a plan to direct all mega-cruise ships weighing more than 100,000 tonnes away from the Venice Grand Canal to the industrial port of Marghera. Work on infrastructure will begin with a...