Dec 19

The Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize was established to find, recognize, and support initiatives and projects that can help us shift to resilient food systems and achieve food security already within this decade. This inaugural year, we received 650+ nominations, illustrating a diverse global community devoted to re-imagining food in all its complexity. Reshaping the food system requires an abundance of ingenious ideas and a broad range of approaches and solutions, some of them disruptive enough to radically cut through value chains and confront current perceptions of what food can be – and how it can be sourced. The challenge is global, this is why the solutions must have the potential to scale, preferably globally. To make it happen requires political will, ample funding, and consumers taking responsibility. It requires insight, and it will take courage. The prizewinners – and finalists – represent some of the many areas we need to explore to save the Food Planet. Responding to the ever-louder emergency calls from both People and Planet, the Curt Bergfors Foundation is doubling its stake in the rescue mission. This year, we’re awarding four – instead of two – US $1 Million prizes. At the recommendation of the Food Planet Prize Jury, one of the Prizes will be shared as the two recipients already collaborate on a key area: alternative sourcing of food and feed.

Jul 19

Something I completely forgot to cover for the site, probably because public appearances have become so rare these days. On July 05, Helen Mirren was honored at the 47th Flaiano International Awards in Abruzzo, Italy. “It is a great honor for me to receive this award, in the name of a giant of the Italian Cinena, Ennio Flaiano. I can’t say how important this award is to me. It was an Italian film, “The Adventure” with Monica Vitti that made me passionate about cinema. I was 16 and worked as a maid in my aunt’s small bed and breakfast, I saw the film in an old English cinema near the sea, on a rainy day. The beauty of the Italian language and the landscape have been formative for me, the mystery and magic have captured my imagination. I fell in love with cinema and the Italian language. I am attracted to the power of Italian directors such as Fellini, Visconti, Sergio Leone, Tinto Brass and Paolo Virzì with whom I have worked. My greatest muse is Anna Magnani, the Italian spirit has captured my artist’s heart, as years later I was captured by the landscapes of Salento, where I am a farmer and I greet all my neighbors in Tiggiano”. A couple of pictures from the press conference, ceremony and photoshoot have been added to the photo gallery.

Related Media:

Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – 47th Flaiano International Awards – Press Conference
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – 47th Flaiano International Awards – Ceremony
Photo Gallery – Editorial Photography – 2020 – Session 05

May 28

Variety and Lifetime have partnered on “Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women: Frontline Heroes,” celebrating the women serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The one-hour special premieres on June 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime and Facebook. Virtually hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, the special will be simultaneously broadcast from Variety’s Facebook page, and cross-posted on Lifetime’s account at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. As part of this event, viewers on Facebook will be able to contribute directly to the United Nations Foundation/World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund using the Facebook donate button in the livestream. Facebook has provided $10 million in matched funds for this ongoing effort. The special will also repeat on June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime’s sister network LMN. The program will highlight the 2020 Power of Women honorees for their professional achievements and humanitarian efforts to various causes, including Cate Blanchett, two-time Oscar winner and executive producer of the miniseries “Mrs. America” (UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency); Patti LuPone, Tony and Grammy-winning star and actor in the new series “Hollywood” (Broadway Cares); and Janelle Monáe, eight-time Grammy-nominated singer and actress starring in the series “Homecoming” (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Previous honorees Laverne Cox, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Nicole Kidman, Blake Lively, Helen Mirren and Natalie Portman will also pay tribute to these women through self-shot material. Additionally the program will include a special performance by Andra Day.

Mar 06

Here comes another Berlin related update, and probably the final one, since all related video interviews from the festival have been added to the video archive (some have been posted last week already, in case you missed ’em). Several German broadcasters have aired reports on Helen receiving the Honorary Golden Bear and talked with her about the award and her career. For a complete overview of all added videos, have a look below. Enjoy watching.

Related Media:

Video Archive – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Ceremony
Video Archive – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Press Conference
Video Archive – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Berlinale Talents Conversation
Video Archive – News Segments – Leute Heute (February 28, 2020)
Video Archive – News Segments – Aspekte (February 28, 2020)
Video Archive – News Segments – Deutsche Welle Kultur (February 28, 2020)

Feb 29

On Thursday, Helen Mirren received the Honorary Golden Bear at the 70th Berlin Film Festival for her life achievement in World Cinema. Over 1.000 additional pictures from the festival’s photocall, press conference and ceremony have been added to the photo gallery. During the press conference, Mirren says she has witnessed a huge improvement in the position of female actors over the course of her career. (She says she prefers the term “actress.” “It has a slightly fin de siècle feel about it that I like,” she says. “But thank you for being politically correct; I approve of political correctness as well, so that’s alright.”) “Oh god, there’s more work to be done, further to go, but it is great, it’s absolutely great,” she says, with gusto. “It just pisses me off that I’m not now 23, and that that world is not open to me, because it is a much better world than it was when I was 23. “I have often been asked if I was angry, and I was profoundly angry about it as I ticked off 20 male characters to one or two female characters if you were lucky. Incidentally it hasn’t changed that much. At least now you have female-led movies, and occasionally it is mostly female (casts) – still very rare, but at least they exist. “But I always said when I was asked that question, and I still believe it, don’t worry about women’s profiles in drama, although you should, but worry about women’s profiles in life – in politics, in particular, and in the professions – and fight for that, and to a certain extent I was right because that world changed, and as night follows day drama and culture – us looking at ourselves through drama, through art – has changed, because they are looking at a different world. So change the world and culture will change alongside that.” Pictures and video clips from all events, as well as the 1 1/2 hours long conversation at the Berlinale Talents, have been added additionally. Enjoy all the new updates.

Related Media:

Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Ceremony – Show
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Ceremony – Screencaptures
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Ceremony – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Press Conference
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Photocall
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2020 – Berlin Film Festival – Berlinale Talents Conversation