Weekend agenda 09/10 February - Monocolumn | Monocle


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9 February 2013


‘No’, directed by Pablo Larraín

Completing his trilogy about the 17-year rule of Augusto Pinochet, Chilean director Pablo Larraín's No is hitting screens across Europe this weekend. Gael García Bernal is excellent in the role of publicist René Saavedra, commissioned by the opposition to develop the opposition’s marketing campaign, urging the Chilean people to vote “No” and overthrow Pinochet’s regime. Following the success of the acclaimed Tony Manero (2008) and Post Mortem (2010), No is Chile's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars.

‘No’ is at cinemas now across the UK, Spain and Norway, and out in the US on 15 February.


Dalí Universe

This weekend, step into an exhibition dedicated to the don of surrealism at an unlikely venue: a Renaissance palace in the heart of Florence. Palazzo Medici Riccardi welcomes a collection of Salvador Dalí’s lesser-known works including surrealist furniture, bronze and glass sculptures, collages and illustrations depicting sensual scenes from novels by the likes of Florentine literary greats Dante and Boccaccio. The themes of time and femininity are as prevalent as ever in the form of over 100 works dealing with Dali’s fascination with mythology, religion and fantasy.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Camillo Cavour, 1. Open daily 09.00-19.00. Until 25 May.daliuniverse.com


The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill

Recently opened in well-heeled West London, Rum Kitchen is a busy bar-cum-restaurant serving up a tasty selection of Caribbean cuisine. Expect a warm welcome and a few freshly made West Indian staples with a modern twist (we recommend the pork belly on a bed of succotash). After dinner, head down to the basement bar for a well-blended cocktail or order à la carte from the 100-strong collection of rums from around the world.

6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill. Open Monday to Wednesday 18.00-23.00; Thursday 18.00-01.00; Friday 18.00-02.00; Saturday 12.00 to 02.00; Sunday 12.00-16.00.therumkitchen.com


Tokyo Northern Lights Festival

Japan’s long love affair with all things Nordic comes to a culmination with a festival celebrating Scandinavian films, music and art. Fittingly set in February – the coldest month of the year in Japan – the week-long Northern Lights Festival kicks off this weekend. We recommend Swedish-French dramedy Sound of Noise, directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson, and two Norwegian offerings: King Curling by Ole Endresen and Babycall by Pål Sletaune.

Eurospace, Kinohaus 3F, 1-5 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku. For full programme, visit the website. Until 15 February.tnlf.jp


Fred Deakin: Frank Eddie

Look, you don’t have to be a crossword-puzzle setter or a grammarian to figure out the subtle anagram of the title and the artist here: it’s good old Fred Deakin, he of seminal sampling behemoths Lemon Jelly. This new limited-edition LP is a delicious slice of Jelly-like stuff: soulful, electronic and ambient with an urban edge driven by Deakin’s unmistakable love of a groove. A groove? Enjoy getting into this one.

‘Frank Eddie’ is available now.


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