It was almost seven years ago that the work of a Berlin-based filmmaker changed the way I watched films entirely. There was a big retrospective at the Arsenal and I was extremely curious to discover someone whose films had labels like “women’s film” “art film” “queer cinema” and “independent director” attached to them. I had seen images of wild costumes, extravagant make-up, outlandish performers and fantastic imagery before I had actually seen the films they were taken from. Of all the magical hours I had spent getting sucked into this mad universe, one film had stayed with me the most. It is called Freak Orlando and its director is a true artist and can be best described as an untamed magician: Ulrike Ottinger.
Archive: May 2014
Oranienstraße is the prominent street that is crowded with people searching for drinks and fun at night, and hundreds of hungry working lot looking for a good lunch during the day. Hence the street is filled with restaurants, cafés and bars. Many of them rather unspectacular and living off circumstance that people have to eat somewhere. And then there are the little foodie havens, which I enjoyed to discover since we moved our office to this part of Kreuzberg. One of the first places I went was Anaveda, and I have loved it ever since.
We already took you for a walk around Prinzessinnengarten almost two years ago – and needless to say, it’s still one of our most favorite places in this city: what used to be an abandoned and almost forgotten lot right in the middle of Berlin has turned into one of the most popular urban gardening projects with international acclaim. It’s a great place to plant and harvest your own fruits and vegetables. (If you ever tried to grow your own food, you’ll know how much joy it brings to take care of, let’s say, a small radish – when at first, you only see the green but then it gets bigger and then there are more and more of until you’re running out of ideas for recipes including radishes) But it gets even better: what makes us come back again and again is their magical garden in the middle of the planting beds where they’re serving a delicious and super-healthy lunch.
It might have something to do with the weather these last few days: sunshine, rain, sunshine, and then rain again. But like you may have noticed already, we not only have a sweet tooth around here: comfort food, ranging from hummus to bibimbap, is what makes – and keeps – us happy. So here are our latest food-related findings from around the web, best enjoyed with a cup of coffee – or a scoop of ice cream:
If you love Rianna Kounou’s colorful vintage paradise just off Oranienburgerstraße, you will most likely also love her newest adventure: she teamed up with Nina Kuhn to open a new store on Steinstraße, were they invite you into their world of gaudy fun made of beautiful pillows, eccentric bags and statement kaftans. It is certainly something else, while most shops in this part of Mitte rely on an international chic interior with moderate colors and graphic furniture, this one’s all about colors and patterns and them clashing in every possible way.