In this edition: an exhibition of German art at the Paris Louvre leads to a dispute. An Indian comic artist paints a fascinating image of Berlin for readers back home. The world premiere of a festival that is only showing films by artists and a comical documentary explores decisive cultural differences involved in driving a car.
It was supposed to be an exhibition in honor of the Franco-German friendship, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty. 200 German masterpieces displayed at the Louvre. Instead the exhibition "De l'Allemagne" has triggered outrage in Germany, with accusations that the exhibition plays on old negative clichés. Arts.21 looks at what it's all about.
Sarnath Banerjee from India paints a very different picture of Berlin for his readers back home. He produces comic strips on life in the German capital for publication in an Indian daily. To him, Berlin is a fascinating metropolis full of contradictions. His intriguing graphic novels tell the story.
What can art and cinema contribute to one another? A festival in Munich is exploring exactly that question. An exhibition and a film festival in one, it's being touted as the first event of its kind worldwide. All the films featured are the work of visual artists. And the festival features some big names, such as Julian Schnabel and Steve McQueen. Arts.21 at the intersection between art and film.
Steering, braking, changing gear - learning to drive is a challenge anywhere, but never more so than when you're not in your home country. The documentary film "And Who Taught You to Drive?" accompanies three expats learning to drive in Tokyo, Mumbai and Munich - misunderstandings and nervous breakdowns included. A comical production about the clash of cultures in driving.
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