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Saturday 22 April 2017

Culture

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Political premieres

International openings at Tribeca Film Festival highlight inequalities past and present.

The Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by actor Robert De Niro in the wake of September 11, has always had a political edge and this year it’s no different. Its 16th edition, which comes to an end the day after US president Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, addresses today’s sociopolitical issues through its extensive film programme. This weekend the international premiere of Petra Volpe’s The Divine Order will draw attention to the struggle for equality through the eyes of Swiss suffragettes, who fought for the right to vote until 1971. The documentary For Ahkeem, by Emmy-winning film-makers Jeremy S Levine and Landon Van Soest, highlights the hardships faced by black teenagers in the US. It follows the life of 17-year-old Daje Shelton in St Louis, Missouri, and captures the impact of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. Beyond film screenings, the programme is packed with events, talks and musical performances, including today’s by Taj Mahal and the Wyland Blues Planet Band.

Music

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Music on the menu

Pop-rock supergroup dishes up an aural feast fit for a king.

Bnqt (pronounced “Banquet”, of course) are a supergroup made up of the best-known personnel from Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, Grandaddy and Travis, corralled by Midlake’s Eric Pulido and accompanied by his bandmates. In recording their album, optimistically titled Volume 1, Pulido made a virtue of the peripatetic rock-star lifestyle by having a revolving-door policy whereby each member wrote and sang two songs to be scattered through the satisfyingly filler-free 10-track LP. And what a wonderfully old-school thing it is: Alex Kapranos’s angular ambitions are softened by Midlake's lushness, while Jason Lytle reels in his psych-rock wantonness to match Fran Healy’s effortless melody. What the world needs now is rock, soft rock.

Art

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Peru in the picture

A new print project from virtuoso fashion photographer Mario Testino reinforces his links to home.

He may have lived in London since the 1970s but fashion photographer Mario Testino is still inexorably linked to the city of his birth: Lima. The extraordinaire has shot everyone from Princess Diana to David Bowie and is currently in town to promote his latest book through Mate, the museum he established here in 2012. The book, 77 Contemporary Peruvian Artists, showcases the current crop of the country’s talented contemporary artists, a scene that Testino has followed closely since the 1990s when he published Lima Perú. His timing is pertinent: it coincides with the 2017 edition of Parc, the Peruvian city’s contemporary-art fair that takes place in Barranco and runs until 23 April.

Publishing

Appetising in print

Iceland’s culinary scene is prospering and a new print magazine is perfectly poised to spread the word.

“I’m not sure that outsiders realise how young Icelandic cuisine is,” says Gudbjorg Gissurardottir, the editor (as well as the publisher, marketing, sales, advertising and subscriptions chief) behind the handsome new Icelandic magazine Faeda/Food. “The changes that have taken place in our cuisine in the past 20 to 30 years have been enormous. We went from very basic food and people rarely eating out to having a Michelin-star restaurant in Reykjavík.” The bilingual publication is an endearing and intimate portrait of a food scene in flux. Tourism has outstripped the Icelandic population, with 1.4 million expected to visit this year, making this publication – a strong editorial voice on a fast-changing culinary landscape – more important than ever. Expect equal portions of sumptuous photography and the finest new products and openings, plus a peppering of folklore about the country’s enigmatic but flourishing food.

From Monocle 24

‘Tom of Finland’

The Cinema Show

Tom of Finland is one of the world’s most prolific erotic artists. We speak to film-maker Dome Karukoski about his new film recalling the difficult private life of the man behind the moniker, Touko Laaksonen.

From Monocle Films

Celebrating fashion in Beirut

A group of edgy fashion designers and Lebanon’s first-ever fashion school are shining a light on the possibilities for the next generation of creatives.

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