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Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.

Filmic Surrealism

"Conscious Hallucinations", Filmmuseum Frankfurt/Main
They couldn't believe their eyes - quite literally - but trusted more in the unconscious. The art movement that called itself Surrealism came into its own after World War One. The search for another reality. An exhibition in Frankfurt delves into the world of surrealist FILM. The show features largely unknown works along with classics like Un Chien Andalou, an Andalusian dog. With little plot, the images have the logic of nightmares - or erotic dreams. Working with surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, Buñuel was out to provoke, confound and shock the viewer. The key work of the movement - André Breton's Surrealist Manifesto - is also on display. Ultimately, the exhibition calls on artists to express their unconscious in moving pictures. Surrealist film is still alive and kicking.

Arvo Pärt

Praemium Imperiale for Composer Arvo Pärt
Arvo Pärt, the world's most performed contemporary composer, is the winner of the Praemium Imperiale for music. The Japanese award is a kind of Nobel Prize for the arts. Pärt was born in Estonia in 1936. In 1980 he fled the Soviet Union for Berlin. His early compositions were influenced by Schönberg's twelve tone technique, but the music he is best known for is inspired by the medieval Gregorian chant. Avo Pärt will receive the Praemium Imperiale, which comes with around 110,000 euros, in October in Tokyo.


"Kinderland", Mawil, Best German Comic
It's East Berlin in the summer of 1989 - and this is Mirco. He is short, wears thick glasses and is pretty un-cool. The bigger boys bully him. He's a Catholic and doesn't fit in with the communist party youth group. That's basically the story of the comic book Kinderland. Comic author Mawil was himself a Mirco back in the late days of communist East Germany. Perhaps that's why his story is so poignant. We watch Mirco's struggle to grow up. But then world history intervenes - with the fall of the Berlin Wall. With its clever narrative and wonderful drawings, Kinderland is both funny and touching. And it's just been selected for the Max und Moritz Prize as best German comic of the year.

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