One of the great things about cinema is that it becomes your reality for the length of a film, no matter how surreal or fantastic, weird or artificial it presents itself. In the case of animated pictures you are even looking at a painted reality which can still be more touching and thrilling, exciting and, in fact, close to life than a regular film. This week’s film tip, Alois Nebel, was made with the special method of roboscobing, which consists of taking previously shot real film material and repainting it (almost) frame by frame and then putting it together as an animated film. The result of this is visually stunning. What’s more, Alois Nebel is the translation of a story that is taken from a graphic novel, originally set in the real world and then put into a very special film.
In case you follow my instagram account, you might have noticed the dreamy pictures of Brandenburg landscapes covered in light snow and the remarks about a Chinese cooking class. The explanation is this: I was invited to the most wonderful weekend edition of Somewhere #1, out in the country, that combined food and leisure in the best way possible.
There’s no shortage of Bibimbap in Kreuzberg 36, as I was happy to realize. There’s not only Core, but also Mercosy – the latter being a bit more spacious and offering more places to sit and thus a safer option for a not-too-long lunch break and an insatiable desire for a mixture of rice, vegetables and hot sauce.
As every year, Christmas time and holiday gifting is rushing towards us, and although supermarkets have been terrorizing us with holiday sweets since the end of August, there’s always just too few days left to get our gift-shopping done. I stick to what we love and support, independent Berlin shops to solve your present-problem. I am so very sure, everyone of you will find the perfect gift in one of these lovely stores:
It’s as if I’ve asked for this weather to write about this Berlin delicacy, trust me, I have not. But this suggestion is certainly making it easier to accept the first storms and snow. It’s like a simple Berlin version of a hot apple toddy, or a better Glühwein – nevertheless, it’s seriously delicious and will make you warm and jolly.