Egypt Independent: Culture-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Spanish filmaker: Screening ‘Miss Brackets’ in Cairo more important than awards http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440361 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/23/39/276624_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Despite not receiving an award at the Cairo International Film Festival for &ldquo;Miss Brackets,&rdquo;&nbsp;Spanish Director Sergio Candel expressed his happiness in participating in such an important festival to showcase different schools of cinema.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In an interview with<em>&nbsp;Al-Masry Al-Youm</em>,&nbsp;Candel explained the concepts behind his movie, which tackles conflict between different generations.&nbsp;&ldquo;We, in Spain, are are still governed by traditions that master the relations between old families. They force the generations not to have affairs before marriage. It tackles intellectual differences between people of different ages through the grandmother, mother and the third generation represented by the son. It was imperative to show difference between the generations through the way of thinking, actions and traditions,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Portraying the generation conflict, Candel said, took a lot of time, prolonging the filming of the movie.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Candel explained the plot revolves around a woman that is sexually assaulted, which the festival&rsquo;s audience was receptive to. &ldquo;Although the movie was extremely hard, I was able to show several aspects of women&rsquo;s issues. Audience highly reacted to the movie. I noticed women were attending. I could notice that they liked it.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The piece was filmed over three consecutive years, he said, adding that costs reached 3,000 euros, which is very small in comparison to the film&#39;s value. &ldquo;The small costs are attributed to none of the actors being paid. However, if we count the actual costs including the actors&rsquo; shares, it would exceed 180,000 euros,&rdquo; he added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Candel expressed disappointment over feeling no rapprochement between Egyptian and Spanish cinemas. &ldquo;I know nothing about Egyptian cinema. That&rsquo;s because the US films come on the top in Spain, then come European films, then Latin American. Some people watch Indian films. For Egyptian films, it&rsquo;s hard to watch it because they do not come to us for many reasons, including translation. It&rsquo;s not the Egyptian cinema only, but also African.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Regarding problems that face independent cinema, Candel highlighted costs as the main problem. &ldquo;It needs high budgets, especially historic movies, for example,&rdquo; he said indicating that better production is required to promote it internationally. &ldquo;Free or independent cinema placed itself on the right way, however, it needs more attention to reach the required level.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440361 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/23/39/276624_0.jpg Swiss museum to say whether it accepts Nazi-era art hoard http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440389 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/24/499612/swiss_museum.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A Swiss museum is to announce Monday whether it will accept a German recluse&#39;s bequest of a spectacular trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era.</p><p>The decision, to be revealed at a press conference in Berlin, could determine the fate of priceless paintings and sketches by Picasso, Monet, Chagall and other masters that were discovered by chance in 2012 in the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt.</p><p>Gurlitt, who died last May aged 81, was the son of an art dealer tasked by Adolf Hitler to help plunder great works from museums and Jewish collectors, many of whom perished in the gas chambers.</p><p>While media reports and sources close to the case widely expect the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern to accept the inheritance, all note it comes with a heavy price attached.</p><p>However an outstanding legal challenge may still muddy the waters.</p><p>&quot;If I were a betting man, I would say that the Kunstmuseum Bern will be accepting the collection,&quot; London lawyer Christopher A. Marinello told AFP. &quot;That is what I&#39;m counting on.&quot;</p><p>Marinello represents descendants of prominent Paris art collector Paul Rosenberg on a claim to a long-lost Matisse painting found among 1,280 works in Gurlitt&#39;s Munich flat.</p><p>More than 300 other works were discovered in a home Gurlitt owned in Salzburg.</p><p>Although he was never charged with a crime, the German authorities confiscated all of the Munich pieces and stored them in a secret location.</p><p>Gurlitt struck an accord with the German government shortly before his death to help track down the paintings&#39; rightful owners.</p><p>But his anger over his treatment reportedly led him to stipulate in his will that the collection should go not to a German museum but to the Swiss institution, which would now have to sort through the claims.</p><p>News weekly Der Spiegel reported that the deal to be announced Monday would see the Bern museum accept the inheritance but would leave nearly 500 works in Germany suspected of being looted until their rightful owners can be identified.</p><p>The Salzburg works would go to the Bern museum, which would assume responsibility for determining their provenance, according to Spiegel, which did not cite its sources.</p><p>- &#39;Avalanche of lawsuits&#39; -</p><p>Should the Swiss museum unexpectedly turn down the offer, the pieces would be divided up among relatives of Gurlitt, who never married and had no children.</p><p>Ronald Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress, declined to comment ahead of the press conference.</p><p>But he told Spiegel this month that the Swiss museum should not accept the inheritance, saying it &quot;would open a Pandora&#39;s Box and cause an avalanche of lawsuits&quot;.</p><p>Underlining the point, one of Gurlitt&#39;s cousins, 86-year-old Uta Werner, said Friday she was contesting Gurlitt&#39;s fitness of mind when he wrote the will naming the Bern museum as his sole heir.</p><p>This could return the case to legal limbo, with ageing Jewish descendants left to fight for their claims in German courts for years to come.</p><p>After the discovery of the Gurlitt trove came to light in a magazine article last year, Jewish groups and the US and Israeli governments put pressure on Germany to establish a task force to investigate the works&#39; provenance.</p><p>In the case of the Matisse painting, called &quot;Seated Woman&quot; and believed to be worth around $20 million, the panel determined in June that the work was &quot;Nazi loot&quot; stolen from Rosenberg.</p><p>His heirs include French journalist Anne Sinclair, former wife of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.</p><p>Marinello noted that the museum -- unlike individuals -- would be bound by the Washington Principles, a 1998 international agreement on returning art stolen by the Nazis, as well as the 1986 International Council of Museums code of ethics.</p><p>&quot;My clients have been extremely patient with German authorities throughout the process and enough is enough,&quot; he said.</p><p>Meanwhile the acquisition of the Gurlitt hoard would dramatically increase the prestige of the Bern institution, Switzerland&#39;s oldest art museum.</p><p>Stephan Klingen of Munich&#39;s Institute for Art History said the public interest in the collection was &quot;enormous&quot;.</p><p>&quot;I think this is a chance to show people right before their very eyes how problematic the handling of art and art works after the war was,&quot; he told German news agency DPA.</p> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:18:00 +0000 AFP 2440389 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/24/499612/swiss_museum.jpg Report: Angelina Jolie Plans To Give Up Acting http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440378 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/23/484151/afp-angelina-jolie-plans-to-give-up-acting-report.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie says she plans to give up acting after a &quot;few more&quot; films and switch her focus to directing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jolie walked the red carpet in Sydney with husband Brad Pitt this week at the premiere of her new movie, World War II epic &quot;Unbroken,&quot; which was filmed in Australia.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It was her second foray behind the camera after the critically-acclaimed 2011 &quot;In the Land of Blood and Honey&quot; and she said directing was where she saw her future.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I&#39;ll do a few more, but I&#39;ll be happy to let that all go at some point,&quot; she told the Sydney Morning Herald of acting, in comments published online Thursday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I love directing, I&#39;m much happier directing,&quot; added the 39-year-old.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I like following a project all the way through. I like spending two years on something and learning about it... I like being pushed mentally to have to learn so much and be a part of every single aspect of a production.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jolie&#39;s new movie is based on the true story of a US Olympic athlete turned Japanese prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini, who competed in the 5,000m at the 1936 Games in Berlin before becoming a bombardier in World War II.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When his plane crashed over the South Pacific, he spent 47 days adrift on a raft with a crewmate before being captured by Japanese soldiers in the Marshall Islands.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He was held in a prisoner of war camp for more than two years, enduring beatings and torture, before his return home.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jolie, who has been acting since she was a child, said her preference for being behind the camera did not mean she thought any less of acting or actors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I love actors, I love watching actors work, and I like to shine a light on them. I actually prefer it when it&#39;s not me,&quot; she told the newspaper.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since wrapping up &quot;Unbroken,&quot; Jolie has directed both herself and Pitt in the yet to be released &quot;By the Sea.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;To direct myself was hard, to direct him (Pitt) was a challenge and to be in the scenes with him doing very heavy, heavy drama was difficult,&quot; she told The Australian newspaper.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:58:00 +0000 AFP 2440378 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/23/484151/afp-angelina-jolie-plans-to-give-up-acting-report.jpg Middle Eastern buyer grabs Hitler watercolor for 130,000 euros at Nuremberg auction http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440375 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/23/484151/hitlers_painting.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros (US$161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The buyer was a private person from the Middle East who attended the sale in person, said Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house. She said there had also been inquiries from Asia and America.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The painting, entitled &quot;Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen&quot; (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich), is one of about 2,000 works that Hitler painted between about 1905 and 1920 as a struggling young artist.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Asked before the auction whether it was tasteless to auction the Nazi dictator&#39;s works, generally considered to be of only limited artistic merit, Weidler said complaints should be addressed to the sellers - two unidentified German sisters in their 70s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Weidler said the vendors had decided to donate around 10 percent of the proceeds to a charity that helps disabled children.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hitler&#39;s Nazi party held mass rallies in Nuremberg between 1933 and 1938. In his autobiography &quot;Mein Kampf&quot;, he wrote that, as a young man, his hopes of becoming an artist had been dashed by repeated rejection by Vienna&#39;s Academy of Fine Arts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Five other Hitler paintings have fetched between 5,000 and 80,000 euros at auction.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Weidler said the original handwritten bill of sale, dated 25 September 1916, had come with the painting and was a rarity for Hitler&#39;s art. That also explained the relatively high selling price, she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But that has raised doubt among critics about the painting&#39;s provenance. They recall how hoaxer Konrad Kujau used supposed certifications of authenticity to trick some historians when he marketed what proved to be bogus &quot;Hitler Diaries&quot; in 1983.</div> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:46:00 +0000 Reuters 2440375 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/23/484151/hitlers_painting.jpg