This year’s 55th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has been postponed from early July to August 20-28, 2021. Organizers cited the ongoing pandemic situation in Czech Republic as the motivating factor for the move. “Moving the festival’s dates back by seven weeks will offer the best chance of holding this cultural event closer to the extent that audiences and festivalgoers have become accustomed to,” the festival said. “Our decision to take this step was made after consulting with experts and upon a careful consideration of the current situation. We hope that the coming months will see a significant increase in vaccinations, thanks to which the pandemic will be brought under control, thus allowing us to hold the Karlovy Vary festival in a form that will be maximally safe for guests and visitors. Naturally, we are ready to observe all applicable regulations,” added KVIFF’s executive director Kryštof Mucha. Related Story Karlovy Vary Film … [Read more...] about Karlovy Vary Postpones 2021 Event To Late August As Pandemic Continues To Hurt Euro Film Festivals
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Fredi Walker-Browne and friends at NYTW’s benefit. Photo: Jon Burklund/ZANNI Productions New York Theatre Workshop punches far above its weight. The gutsy little theater on East 4th Street, just in recent seasons, has produced shows like Slave Play, Once , and Hadestown, all of which later traveled uptown to play successfully on Broadway. Its primary impact on the theatrical Zeitgeist, though, struck way back in 1996, with the super-blockbuster Rent , Jonathan Larson’s rock adaptation of Puccini’s La Bohème. To celebrate the show’s silver anniversary, NYTW organized its annual fundraising benefit as a kind of birthday celebration. Between solicitations for donations, it invited current workshop collaborators to talk about Rent ’s impact on their work, Zoomed with old cast and crew members to share their memories of making the show, and presented new interpretations of a few Rent songs by the current crop of Broadway stars. Daphne Rubin-Vega videoed in, looking … [Read more...] about The Highs and Lows of NYTW’s
SINGAPORE: When my parents began planning for my education, they were largely saving up to put me through university. Fast-forward some three decades: I am now paying a comparable amount for my daughter’s pre-school even before she can speak in full sentences. In recent decades, pre-schools went from being an exception to a necessity for many. While childcare duties traditionally fell squarely on mothers or grandparents, today women play an increasingly larger role in the workforce, and nuclear families are also more common. As such, pre-schools have become a crucial part of family planning and budgeting. So when Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in his Budget speech on Tuesday (Feb 18) that the government will double spending on the early childhood sector to more than S$2 billion a year over the next few years, I was delighted. READ: Budget 2020: Enhanced bursaries for low- and middle-income students as part of education measures … [Read more...] about Commentary: Why do parents still pay top dollar for pre-schools when there are more affordable options?
The widow of a man wrongfully executed for murder seeks justice in all the wrong places in Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam’s Iranian drama. Adding another strong voice to the chorus of anti-capital-punishment films coming out of Iran is Ballad of a White Cow ( Ghasideyeh gave sefid ), a drama almost entirely centered on the wife of a condemned man who is wrongfully executed for murder in the opening scene. Played with huge amounts of feminine dignity by Maryam Moghaddam, who co-directed with Behtash Sanaeeha, the widow Mina is shown to be refreshingly capable of raising her deaf daughter on her own and navigating the minefield of a highly misogynistic society — and even (gasp) of finding love. But as hostility against Mina builds from her family, neighbors and the authorities, disaster looms and the story grows more suspenseful, teetering on the edge of melodrama. Fortunately, the realism of the acting and the classic, restrained camerawork keep things on a believable … [Read more...] about ‘Ballad of a White Cow’: Film Review | Berlin 2021
My daughter’s birthday is Christmas Eve. That means a number of things. One, the poor girl often gets one present instead two. Her older brother loves to make jokes about gifting her things that are always sold in pairs: "Mei mei, here’s a pair of socks for your birthday and Christmas!” (My wife will say I taught him this – of course, I deny culpability.) Secondly, it’s pretty much impossible to throw a birthday party for her that includes her school friends. Most families will have their own holiday commitments and need to spend Christmas eve with relatives. There is an upside for my little girl in this regard. While we celebrate her actual birthday privately within our immediate family, my wife does try and organize something for her at the beginning of December. This is something that over the last two years, T2 has really started to look forward to. Especially this year. Now that she is rather articulate and self-aware, she has been dreaming up fancier and more elaborate … [Read more...] about Children’s birthday party: A never-ending weekend rite of passage for parents