19th of January: News from Germany
These are the topics: Celebrations for Bauhaus centenary year + Gender equality not yet completed + 17 films in the competition of the Berlin Film Festival.
German president opens celebrations for Bauhaus centenary year
Berlin (dpa) - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday kicked off the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Art, Architecture and Design. Speaking at an event in Berlin, Steinmeier described the school, founded in 1919 by the architect Walter Gropius in the central German city of Weimar, as synonymous with the modern. Steinmeier also noted the influence of the school, which sparked an international artistic and aesthetic movement: "The Bauhaus is among the most important and influential cultural products of our country worldwide." Germany is to mark the 100th anniversary with more than 500 exhibitions and events across the nation, grouped together under the slogan "Die Welt neu denken" (Rethink the world).
Political veteran Schaeuble: Gender equality still eludes Germany
Berlin (dpa) - German political veteran Wolfgang Schaeuble said Thursday that 100 years after women gained the right to vote in Germany, full gender equality continues to elude the country. Speaking in parliament to mark the centenary of women's suffrage in 1919, Schaeuble - president of the Bundestag and former finance minister - said: "Though women have long been in a position to hold top political positions, one swallow does not make a summer." Germany's oldest lawmaker said that activities such as bringing up children, caring for family members and housework were still too often the domain of women. Though the fact that these activities need to be shared equally between men and women is a "widely accepted" one, Schaeuble said, men often need "vigorous reminding that it needs to be implemented."
Berlin Film Festival names 17 titles vying for top prizes
Berlin (dpa) - German directors Fatih Akin and Angela Schanelec and French filmmaker Francois Ozon are among the directors of 17 films competing for top prizes at the Berlin Film Festival next month. Organizers on Thursday released a list of the films, which include Akin's highly anticipated "The Golden Glove," a true-crime tale set in his home city of Hamburg. Schanelec's drama "I Was at Home, But" and Ozon's "By the Grace of God," the story of a sexual abuse scandal surrounding a Catholic priest, have also been nominated for the festival's main competition. Other films in the running are "The Ground Beneath My Feet" from Austrian director Marie Kreutzer; "A Tale of Three Sisters" from Turkish filmmaker Emin Alper; and "Ghost Town Anthology" from Canadian director Denis Cote. New films that have been added to the list are "Farewell to the Night," "Amazing Grace," "Synonyms," "Vice," "One Second," "So Long, My Son," "Elisa & Marcela," "God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya," "The Kindness of Strangers," "Mr Jones" and "Marighella by Wagner Moura." Organizers said that 25 different countries were involved in the production of the films, and that of the 17 entries to the competition, seven films were realized by female directors. Juliette Binoche will head the jury of the festival, which runs from February 7 to 17.