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20 October 2012

This weekend check out a film festival in Tokyo, enjoy a drop of good sherry in New York, listen out for a new collection from US band of Montreal.


— 25th Tokyo International Film Festival

Now in its 25th instalment, the Tokyo International Film Festival starts in earnest this Saturday. Modest in profile compared to its counterparts in Cannes, Berlin and Venice the Tokyo International Film Festival adds an eastern flavour to the global cinema scene. With 1,332 film entries from 91 countries competing for the coveted Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, movie buffs can expect a wealth of international cinema. Monocle recommends director Garin Nugroho’s low-budget drama The Blindfold and Benoit Jacquot’s period portrait of life at Versailles on the eve of the French Revolution, Farewell, My Queen.

TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills, 6-10-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku. 
Until 28 October


— Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Whittled down from 8,000 photographic entries and representing 98 countries around the world, this year’s annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has opened at London’s Natural History Museum. From microscopic life to soaring eagles, sparse snowscapes to prowling wildcats, this year’s collection of over 100 commended images have been rigorously vetted for artistry, creativity and technical skill. Amateurs and professionals alike have focused their lenses on nature at its most awe-inspiring.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road. Open Monday to Sunday, 10.00-17.50. Until 3 March 2013


— Sherryfest

This weekend marks the beginning of Sherryfest, a five-day celebration of the Spanish fortified wine with tastings scheduled throughout Manhattan and a series of intimate dinners hosted by winemakers from Spain’s top bodegas. Felipe González-Gordon of González Byass and Javier Hidalgo of Hidalgo La Gitana will host a four-course dinner at Bar Jamón featuring sherries ranging from Fino and Manzanilla to Monocle’s recommendation for a perfect aperitif – Palo Cortado. With more than 20 producers participating in this year’s event, it’s the largest sherry event ever held in the US. We also recommend not trying all 20 in one go.

Sherryfest takes place at selected venues throughout Manhattan, see website for edetails. Until 24 October


— Brijesh Patel: Halsnøy Tales

This weekend Indian-born fine art photographer Brijesh Patel is exhibiting his works at the Great Eastern Bear gallery in East London. Patel’s professional accolades include the Winston Churchill Fellowship award but this exhibition is named for the slightly less grand island of Halsnøy, a tiny settlement off Norway’s coast. Patel’s exhibition draws inspiration from the ceaseless rains and winds of the fjords of southern Norway and the people who live there.

Great Eastern Bear Gallery, 8A Great Eastern Street. Open Thursday 15.00-21.00, Friday to Sunday 11.00-18.00. Until 28 October


— Of Montreal: Daughter Of Cloud

Not from Montréal at all, Athens Georgia’s Kevin Barnes formed the loose collective and sometime solo project of Montreal back in 1996. Since then he has shaped one of the most unusual personas in pop music – where fancy dress and seemingly ill-advised forays into funk, disco, folk, rock and psychedelia, are combined in a surprisingly cohesive and danceable whole. Now the many loose ends and rarities of that journey have been compiled into one cyan-coloured double vinyl. There’s so many ideas here that repeat listens won’t wear thin any time soon. No matter what Barnes chooses to wear himself.

Daughter of Cloud is released on Monday


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