Archive for September, 2011

germany’s pirate party enters state parliament

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

last sunday germany’s pirate party, launched in 2006, entered their first state parliament with almost 9% of the vote and with 15 seats. in a state that has 149 seats–this means the pirates have 10% of the the votes in parliament an impressive sum.

this is not a joke party, contrary to what the english speaking media has been writing (since most can only read german with the help of google and yahoo babelfish).

pirates celebrate win in berlin


the pirate party was launched in sweden from the ashes of the filesharing website the pirate bay. a few years back the swedish version of the party picked up its first seat in the european parliament but failed to enter the swedish government.

the germany version of the party focuses on issues close to the heart of libertarians such as data protection and privacy. over the years, they have expanded their platform to include the push for universal access to the internet (aka, free wifi–which exists in sweden), a minimum wage (which germany does not presently have –except in some industries such as construction) as well as education reforms for public schools.

lars von trier in berlin

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

lars von trier, the self-proclaimed provocateur spoke yesterday in berlin at the babylon theatre about his career and his future projects. in regards to his being banned from cannes he said ‘you know at cannes, they give out this one prize every year–the palm d’or but persona non grata is very rare.’

lars von trier

melancholia trailer

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

here’s a HD version of Melancholia, the latest film from lars von trier. in this manic depressive science fiction drama, the planet Melancholia is on a crash course to earth. lars von trier who was declared persona non grata by the cannes film festival earlier this summer speaks today in berlin at the babylon theatre.

lars von trier speaks about melancholia

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

lars von trier’s latest film Melancholia premiered yesterday in germany at the babylon theatre in berlin. the new film which features kirstin dunst, charlotte gainsbourg (looking more and more like her father) and kiefer sutherland is an end-of-the world science fiction drama that tracks the planet melancholia which is on a crash course to earth. the film also features alexander skarsgård (true blood) and his father stellan skarsgård who plays alexander’s father in the film. oh so self-referential.

lars von trier who we all know is afraid to fly, appears at a Q&A in berlin. which probably means he’s not afraid to drive or use trains.

danish director lars von trier