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Friday 28 January 2011

The best of the world's arts, film, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles.

In today's programme: the art of Chernobyl, a new book and album about the influence of Bossa Nova, we go to Berlin to buy original artwork from vending machines and we review the new film from director Alejandro González Iñárritu.


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  • Chernobyl Art

    A new video installation about life in Chernobyl 25 years on from nuclear disaster.

  • Biutiful

    From Mexico, we've got a beautiful sad film that made presenter Mark Coles cry.

  • Art Vending Machine

    There's take-away art on offer at a Berlin bakers.

  • Bossa Nova

    The sound of the Bossa Nova that came to define a nation in crisis in the early 60s.

  • Diana Thater: Chernobyl

    Diana Thater: Chernobyl

    Diana Thater: Chernobyl
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    © Diana Thater
    Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

    Mark Coles meets the American artist Diana Thater. Her latest video installation takes the viewer to a destroyed movie theatre in the heart of a city abandoned after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. 25 years after the event she offers a powerful portrait of a post-nuclear landscape.

    Diana Thater: Chernobyl
  • Bossa Nova

    Bossa Nova

    Photo of Joao Gilberto c/o Dariozalis/Contexto/Getty

    The Strand interviews Stuart Baker, author of new book and an album looking at the influence of Bossa Nova in the 1960s; music that started off in Brazil and went round the world. We think of it as pleasant dinner party music but it was born with fire in its belly.

  • Art Vending Machine

    Art Vending Machine

    Abby D'Arcy reports from Berlin on an unusual way of buying art, which started in Berlin five years ago and has just reached the Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland. For just two euros, people can buy an original artwork from a vending machine.

    Photo: Meyer Pfundt/Getty

  • Oscar contender Biutiful reviewed

    Oscar contender Biutiful reviewed

    It's just been nominated for the Best Foreign Oscar. Javier Bardem has also been given a nod for Best Actor. Biutiful is directed by Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu (above) who came to international attention with Amores Perros in 2000. Set in Barcelona, Bardem plays an underworld figure who attempts to secure a future for his children as his own death draws near. Critic Maria Delgado reviews.

    Photo by AFP/Robyn Beck/Getty


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