Locarno film fest honours US actor Adrien Brody

US actor Adrien Brody will receive the prestigious Leopard Club Award when the Locarno Film Festival kicks off in Switzerland next month, organizers said on Tuesday.

Locarno film fest honours US actor Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody. Photo: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP
The 44-year-old, best known for his haunting role in the 2002 Oscar-winning Holocaust film The Pianist, will receive the award on August 4th at the festival on the picturesque shores of Lake Maggiore.
The prize is awarded to actors “whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination” and has previously gone to stars including Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow and Andy Garcia.
“Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist,” directed by Roman Polanski, festival organizers said.
The actor, who won an Oscar for that role, “has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond,” they added.
Brody started his film career in 1989 in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed segment of New York Stories.
He has since worked with many of the world's top directors, including Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, Ken Loach, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, and Woody Allen.
The 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will run from August 2nd-12th.

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Five events not to miss in Germany this weekend

Whether it’s film festivals, vintage fairs or Oktoberfest parties, there’s lots going on in Germany this weekend, September 27th-29th.

Five events not to miss in Germany this weekend
Further climate strikes are taken place in Germany across the weekend. Photo: DPA

Down Under Berlin Australian and New Zealand Film Festival 

Down Under Berlin Film Festival has been a vital hub for enthusiasts of Australian and New Zealand cinema and culture since 2011.

From September 26th-29th, the 9th Down Under Berlin Film Festival will be taking place in the capital. This year’s motto is “EmBrace Yourself”, which nods to this year’s films particular focus on humanitarian concepts. 

A collection of films focus on experiences with mental illness, with others telling stories of indigenous or refugee issues, offering contemporary takes on identity, family and social landscapes. Stories range from coming-of-age to parenthood to elder care.

Across the weekend, as well as film screenings, attendees will be treated to Q&As with those behind this year’s diverse lineup of films, which ranges from independent productions to blockbusters, from student and professional short films to inspiring documentaries.

Climate Strikes Across Germany

The global climate strike is taking place from September 20-27th and this weekend Germany is hosting four climate strikes, where protesters will gather to demand that action is taken to address climate change. 

You can catch these demonstrations throughout Germany, whether Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia, or Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg. 

If you would like to attend one of these events, but don’t live in striking distance of one, travel company Flixbus can offer you a helping hand. In support of the movement, Flixbus will reward those travelling to the strikes by offering a voucher for 100% of their next bus trip.

Premiere: Contractions

The ACUD Theater in Berlin's Mitte district is premiering Contractions, an independent play which will run every night until Sunday, September 29th.

The performance is put on by a group of immigrants in Berlin from Australia, Peru, Great Britain, the US and Austria who aim to push boundaries in theatre in order to excite and challenge their audience. 

The central theme in Contractions is privacy (or lack thereof) in the age of social media and online data. Themes of surveillance, loss of love and identity, manipulation and devotion to the money gods nod to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four despite the play’s modern day setting.

The play is performed in English and targets native English speakers in Berlin. All performances begin at 8 pm and run for 60 minutes with no intermission.

Eschweiler Wiesn 2019

If you cannot make it to Bavaria in time for Oktoberfest, Eschweiler in North Rhine-Westphalia may have the answer. 

This weekend, on September 27th and 28th, the region is hosting a three day Wiesn (the local word for Oktoberfest celebration) with enough beer and dirndls to make you feel like you’re in Munich itself. 

As well as traditional music, the festival will also be hosting a number of contemporary artists such as German Pop Idol alum Anna Maria Zimmerman, schlager (a type of German-language pop music) stars Ina Colada and Almklausi, and rock bands from Cologne Kasalla and Miljö. 

Two day tickets are available, as well as single day tickets for both Friday and Saturday.


VinoKilo Vintage Fair

VinoKilo, a social enterprise offering a wide range of second-hand yet high quality vintage clothes and accessories, is bringing its Vintage Fair to two cities in Germany this weekend. 

Karlruhe on Saturday, September 28th, and Heidelberg on Sunday, September 29th, will be hosting Germany's biggest pop-up event for second hand clothes, with clothes being sold at €35 per kilo. That’s right, they’re priced per kilo. 

There are a limited number of free tickets available online for the events, which will be running all day. Entry on the door is €3, with both cash and card being accepted.

As well as vintage vibes, VinoKilo will bring attendees atmospheric music as they shop and a chill zone to unwind and admire their new buys.