‘External Noise’ Review: Walking and Talking in Vienna and Berlin

A sleepy trip around Vienna and Berlin, “Outside Noise” is independent director Ted Fendt’s third feature film.“Classical Period”) and took place mostly in Europe for the first time. The focal characters are young women who follow the various, vague creative calls without hesitation. Fendt is more interested in tracing their architecture than thinking about the …

‘Alcarràs’ Wins Top Prize at Berlin Film Festival

Second prize went to prolific South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo for “The Novelist’s Film,” a nuanced, conversational drama focusing on a series of encounters between a writer interested in making a movie. Hong had won the best director award at the Berlinale (known as the festival in Germany) just two years ago. The special jury …

‘Alcarràs’ Wins Top Prize at Berlin Film Festival

Second prize went to prolific South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo for “The Novelist’s Film,” a nuanced, conversational drama focusing on a series of encounters between a writer interested in making a movie. Hong had won the best director award at the Berlinale (known as the festival in Germany) just two years ago. The special jury …

Met Opera Spirits From ‘Rigoletto’ to ‘Babylon Berlin’

Bartlett Sher must have ventured more than a mile inside the Metropolitan Opera as rehearsal for Verdi’s staging of “Rigoletto,” which began one last morning. Whenever the singers stopped, Sher would run. Sometimes up the stairs next to the orchestra pit, notes for the actors. Sometimes in the hallway of the auditorium to meet with …

Klaus Biesenbach Leaves Los Angeles Museum for Post in Berlin

LOS ANGELES – In another upheaval at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the museum’s artistic director and former director, Klaus Biesenbach, travels to Berlin to manage the Neue Nationalgalerie and the future 20th Century Museum, Berlin. The museum announced Friday morning. Biesenbach’s departure comes a week after MOCA, who, as it is …

Tesla’s Factory in Berlin Encounters with Activists, Bureaucracy and Lizards

GRÜNHEIDE, Germany – Surrounded by a pine forest east of Berlin, the vast pale gray factory with its own exit on the highway was supposed to be producing shiny new Teslas by now. Instead, it became a manifestation of what happened when Silicon Valley ambition clashed with German procedure. The $7 billion factory, which will …

Tesla’s Factory in Berlin Encounters with Activists, Bureaucracy and Lizards

GRÜNHEIDE, Germany – Surrounded by a pine forest east of Berlin, the vast pale gray factory with its own exit on the highway was supposed to be producing shiny new Teslas by now. Instead, it became a manifestation of what happened when Silicon Valley ambition clashed with German procedure. The $7 billion factory, which will …