In Norway when it comes to innovation the first words you hear are culture and environment. The autumn of 2014 will bring as a dowry to the city of Oslo a municipal public library that will be fully functional a couple of years later and whose specificity is the integration with the whole urban context around.
It is now one hundred years since the birth of Thor Heyerdahl, who in 1947 (to prove his theories on the colonization of Polynesia by indigenous that had sailed from the coast of Peru) organized an expedition with a raft built as those on which "Kon Tiki" crossed the Pacific Ocean, according to the epic songs of the Polynesians, with which Heyerdahl had lived for a long time.
The Cannes Film Festival is incontestably the most important film event in the world, offering glamorous red carpet events and stars by the boatload but also offering “serious” -- for lack of a better word -- cinema a place in the spotlight, with entirely star-free competition titles including important new work from major arthouse names such as Mauritanian veteran director Abderrahmane Sissako, who presented his Mali-set, jihad-themed drama Timbuktu; Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, who explores the Russian soul and a dark backwater in his Leviathan and the winner of the top prize, Winter Sleep, from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which looks at a small cast of characters talking for over three hours in a hotel in rural Anatolia and manages to illuminate such subjects as the rich/poor divide in Turkey.
It has become common knowledge, with the exception of a few obstinate oil magnates, that there’s a limit to the planet’s natural resources. If the consumption model of industrialized countries were to be adopted globally, the price of petrol or water would no longer be a priority. In all probability, the main concern would be a shortage of oxygen.
The Transylvania International Film Festival, or TIFF, which takes place every year in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca in the Carpathians, was founded in 2001, when the first edition was won by a local film, Occident, from rookie director Cristian Mungiu.
Who would have ever thought that cave art dating back more than 8,000 years could be treated like an 'infidel' and found guilty of religious offence to such an extent that they have to be obliterated? That's what happened in the fall of 2012 in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, when a group of Salafi Muslims destroyed a number of prehistoric stone carvings at an archaeological site.