Her dark and mystical music is influenced by her native Sweden and childhood in Japan. After having her first success in Norway the 34-year-old from Djura is still pretty unknown elsewhere in Europe
‘Hra o kámen’, Jan Gebert's debut film, looks at the attitudes towards the 'collective guilt' of Germans following the second world war. Based in the small Czech town of Nový Bor, a memorial to eight murdered Germans has inflamed local anger over the issue which goes all the way to the town hall
Italy's third largest city was an early filmic setting for the Lumiere brothers' short movies, before movie theatres were gradually introduced in around 1905. From war-time liberation to corrupt underworlds via commedia dell'arte and Sophia Loren, here's five of the best from Naples' cinematic heritage
The French pop singer is king of a new genre of ‘ultrascore’ . On 1 April the 36-year-old released his second solo album, the fruit of a two-week trip across India. We talk inspirations and Bertrand Burgalat
The young generation of Lithuanians is slowly getting rid of the fears and prejudices of the older generations: if they find something relevant in the work of Marx or if they decide that glorification of private initiative and enterprise is not the only way, they will pursue it. Yet the path of creative expression is not easy for critically thinking artists, says the singer in the first Lithuanian left-wing rock band, Skyders
The Rolling Stones, My Bloody Valentine, Depeche Mode, David Bowie…with so many surprise comebacks, the first half of 2013 has been marked by famous veterans returning in force. They reflect a very real culture of nostalgia. But does experience always win the day?
For us Spaniards, it’s easy to confuse the German for 'German' - 'Deutsch' - and the nationality of the 'Dutch', or the words ‘sueco’ (Swedish) and ‘suizo’ (Swiss). In a continent as rich as we live in, it’s easy to match its languages, identities and traditions with confusions (although football can help)
The band have a French-inspired name, and the trio behind it encompass five different nationalities. They met in Denmark and moved to the Netherlands before setting up base in Warsaw. The Dutch-American singer and guitarist says the band’s international aspect is not particularly surprising – it is simply a result of who he is
On 2 April the Russian internet exploded with the news that the street artist had passed away at the age of 29. Pasha183 was not that well-known in Russia, but became famous abroad when several British newspapers published his works and attracted attention to the young talented man, comparing him to Banksy - which he disliked
For some, rap was merely a way of legitimising marijuana consumption or tracksuit styles. For others, the genre has always represented an escape in an increasingly dissatisfied world. With his latest book ‘The Dreadful Masquerade of Rap’, the French author wants to give rap back to the all-assuming hip-hop genre which tried to claim it
From Rome, London and New York to St Petersburg, Sergey Nikitin’s project welcomes bike riders from Russia and abroad to enjoy night cycling from a different perspective. ‘Moscow at night looks very peculiar,’ he says of the Russian capital of 12 million people
His shyness seems at odds with his achievements; already by the age of 20, the Vilnius-born ballet dancer has stacked up experience in the world of the arts, from the Lithuanian capital to New York via London and Paris, where we meet. Nor has he any qualms about speaking of his homosexuality: 'I am one of those rare people who talks about it in every interview'
Delve deep into the heart of Paris’ Right Bank, and you will discover an ‘island of solidarity’ that’s Italian to the core. 'Ethicando' is a small bistro where, unsurprisingly, you are served up ethical produce. It is here, on the evening of 5 March, where France encounters Italy and one of the most distressing issues facing the peninsula
Four days to leave Nepal, to breathe in its strong odours and let the little children of the Indian sub-continent comb my hair. This travel log takes us along the unmade road going from Kathmandu to Delhi, from the sequins of Bollywood to the simplicity of Tibetan refugees. Welcome to India
EUtopia: pursuit of freedom in progress in Budapest
‘EUtopia’, cafebabel.com’s flagship project of 2013, kicked off in the capital of Hungary. For five nights a Bosnian-Italian-British-Swedish team of journalists and photographers were able to capture Budapest’s (charming) mood, enjoy its unpredictable nights and savour its desire of freedom. It seemed everyone was shouting. Artists and critics are unwittingly creating their own ‘protest art’ outside a famous contemporary museum whose ownership is state-comprised. Students are occupying the humanities department of a university, proclaiming: ‘We want to stay in Hungary!’, after a new ‘constitutional contract’ would force state-funded undergraduates and graduates to stay in the country for work. Nevertheless, one-third of students vote for the extreme-right wing political ‘jobbik’ party. There were different proclamations during the traditional jewish festivals on the other side of the city, although members of the religious community confided their concern at the right-wing government’s rising nationalist discourse in a place their ancestors used to call home. Is Budapest only going to get EUtopian when it can address its past by leaving it behind? Hungarians of all colours – art, religion, marginalised communities and youth - are trying to escape the monochromatic tone Viktor Orban has set for them in his mood ball. They are awaiting political change and also learning to rely on individuals, by practicing their creativity and making sustainable dreams come true. Read the special edition (Image: © VN)
Some moments can completely change our life, an incident which starts a devastating turn of events reeling. This Polish-Spanish co-production is an emotional story of a couple of Polish students whose carefree holiday in Spain becomes an unexpected nightmare
A debate is raging on English language blogs and on twitter over whether those who have moved to Berlin should learn German or not. Isn't it a bit arrogant to go through your Berlin life exclusively in English?
Five of Europe's best young acting talents
What do 007 star Daniel Craig, his wife Rachel Weisz and 'Good Bye Lenin!' hero Daniel Brühl have in common? They all were 'shooting stars' before their international acting careers took off. Since 1998, the European film promotion (AFP) academy has been selecting 10 of the new European acting talents of the year, who can do a bit of shaking hands at the Berlin international film festival and walking the red carpet in fancy dresses with the big names. Here are five of our young interviewees, including the Brando-idolising Luca Marinelli ('The Solitude of Prime Numbers') and the sweet Laura Birn (star of 'Purge', the adaptation of the Finnish award-winning novel by Sofi Oksanen). 2013 also marks a first for Arta Dobroshi, who is representing the Republic of Kosovo for the first time. The team from cafebabel Berlin meets some of the year's 'shooting stars' together with our partners cineuropa and Nisi Masa (Image: courtesy of © shooting-stars.eu/)
- Read the special edition Five of Europe's best young acting talents
- Luca Marinelli: 'I’ve still got a Marlon Brando poster in my room'
- Arta Dobroshi: 'It gets emotional when I'm called on stage followed by ‘Republic of Kosovo’'
- Christa Theret: ‘I am more stressed about acting’
- Mikkel Boe Følsgaard: 'Mads Mikkelsen advised me to do more theatre'
- Laura Birn: 'It took me a few years to get the courage to be an actress'