Wilhelm Burmann, master teacher to ballet stars, dies at 80; tested positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wilhelm Burmann, a master teacher and coach for the world’s top ballet dancers for more than four decades, has died of renal failure after his... Read more »

Coronavirus strands Peruvian singer in Finnish Arctic

ROVANIEMI, Finland (Reuters) – When Peruvian musician Victor Alarcon set out on his dream trip to shoot a music video in the Finnish Arctic for his single called ‘Aurora... Read more »

Germany postpones famous Alpine Passion Play due to coronavirus

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bavaria’s Passion Play, staged every decade since the 1630s when villagers thanked God for the end of the plague, has been postponed for two years due... Read more »

Musicians give free online concerts to beat coronavirus

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bans on mass gatherings introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic might have been expected to deal a death blow to musical life, but... Read more »

Hangman, family man: Berlinale film probes the limits of free will

BERLIN (Reuters) – Heshmat is a loving father and supportive husband who delights local children by rescuing a trapped cat – but also the man who operates the trapdoor... Read more »

Berlinale winner explores moral dilemmas of Iran’s capital punishment

BERLIN (Reuters) – A drama film shot in secret to evade government censorship that highlights the moral dilemmas faced by those caught in the web of Iran’s capital punishment... Read more »

Berlinale film shows sister exploring the limits of grief

BERLIN (Reuters) – Swiss directors Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond were guided by their experience of losing their own mothers in creating a “My Little Sister”, the tale of... Read more »

Berlin stars in tale of a refugee’s hunger to belong

BERLIN (Reuters) – Away from Berlin’s clubs, far from the tourist hotspots, young drug dealers, many of them immigrants, eke out a marginal existence on the fringes of the... Read more »

Amazon in Holocaust row about ‘Hunters’ series, anti-Semitic books

WARSAW (Reuters) – The Auschwitz Memorial criticized Amazon on Sunday for fictitious depictions of the Holocaust in its Prime series “Hunters” and for selling books of Nazi propaganda. FILE... Read more »

Berlinale study of slavery unearths the roots of modern Brazil

BERLIN (Reuters) – Making films in a bitterly divided Brazil that is increasingly hostile to artistic freedom is an act of resistance in itself, the maker of a new... Read more »