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2006/04/18

超人の面白ラーメン紀行 37

  JR横浜駅東口そごう百貨店10階にある横浜家「麺や凛として」という出来て7年目のオーソドックスなラーメン店。ちょっとほっとしたラーメンでの舌鼓でしたね。何故なら何とかランキングのラーメン店をテレビなどで見聞きしたところを食べ歩いてはちょっとな、まあまあ、うまいっなどの気合が多分に入っていたからね。ところが、ここにはごく普通の味があったのだ。どこかの麺に似ていなくもないが・・・。そう、麺は多少太かったところが違うか。
昼時間にバックグランドミュージックでジャズが流れ、ちょっとゆったりとしたボックス席での五目うま煮麺(980円)、★はこの際付けずにおこう。今までのラーメン食べ歩きの店とは違う店なので俎上には乗せられないのだ。有体に言えば★はほしい店と洒落てみせたが、さて、似ている麺の正体、銀座アスター麺の再現と思いそのHP上で探したが見つからず。その麺だけ、なぜっ ? 仕方なくあるサイトからの引用になった次第。勝手に比較してみてください。器が違う、味が違う、具材が違う(絹サヤがない、イカがないなど)など違いが判れば貴方も立派なラーメン通、なーんちゃって。やっぱり違うか、(^。^)   
メニューはらぁめん680円、横浜サンマラーメン980円、味噌らぁめん980円、ねぎらぁめん850円、野菜タンメン880円、えび青菜麺980円、ハーフめんセット1280円、焼餃子4ヶ280円など。
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超人の面白ネットサーフィン

  毎日新聞も読んでいる筆者ですが、見過ごした記事があってそうなのかなと思いつつ下記の記事を発見。思わずumumum^m^^m^^m^^m^-。えっっっっ。


彼にはスウェーデン人の血が流れている?

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2006/4/4(火) 午後 4:23 | Sverige | ヨーロッパ

今朝の毎日新聞の朝刊に、ちょっと驚く記事がありました。

アメリカ現大統領、ジョージ・ブッシュの祖先がスウェーデン人であるというもの。
記事によれば、10世代さかのぼって行き着いたのは、マーンス・アンデションという人物。。
1639年10月にイエーテボリを離れて、アメリカ・デラウェア州に移住したといいます。

事実かどうかはわからないけれど、スウェーデン人はどう思うのだろう。

大統領の方は。、ヴァイキングの血が流れているとわかったら大喜びしそうです。



2006/04/16

超人の新しい北欧モルト ウィスキー醸造所紹介

  スウェーデンで1999年に創業の蒸留酒醸成所Mackmyra社。
その目的は個人向けヴィンテージ モルト ウィスキーで世界のリーダーになることだそうだ。
購入して試飲してみたいが多少高いみたい・・・。
以下はそのWEB SITEから。

Malt whisky from ScandinaviaLogga

We've created the first ever Scandinavian malt whisky. With Mackmyra Reserve, we've also made it possible for you to create your own whisky. You can select one of our spirit styles distilled in 2006 and then have the new-make spirit matured in one of three different cask types, to get the kind of whisky you prefer.

Once each year we will send you samples from your cask in bottles bearing labels with your text so that you can decide when your whisky is ready for bottling. You can read more about Macmyra Reserve here.

Welcome to Mackmyra Svensk Whisky!
The creation of Swedish malt whisky.
Read the full story
Small changes
big variations!
Get to know our six malt whisky varieties
Have a peek at our distillery, in the peaceful woods of

Northernmost in the world - the only one in SwedenDistillery1

Our distillery is located at a picturesque, old Swedish industrial estate, Mackmyra, a couple of hours' drive north of Stockholm. We started operations in 1999 as Sweden's only whisky distillery and the world's most northerly. At that time, our operations were on a very small scale, with one copper still holding only 100 litres. In this pilot distillery, we developed our recipes. And we showed the world that it was possible to create an excellent malt whisky from the raw materials and conditions we have in Sweden.

In the spring of 2002, we installed new equipment so we could produce in greater volumes. Compared with distilleries in other countries however, we are still small-scale and craftsmanlike. Which is just the way we like it.

About ReserveReserve3

In brief
The whisky
Options
Elegant-Bourbon
Elegant-Sherry
Elegant-Swedish Oak
Smoke-Bourbon
Smoke-Sherry
Smoke-Swedish Oak
Maturation
BottlingFrilagd_preludium_80x90

Order
FAQSmall variations - big differences
Anyone who has tasted more than one type of whisky knows that small variations can have a big impact. After years of experimentation with different recipes and casks, we arrived at two basic recipes - one fruity and elegant, and the other with a glorious smoky flavour.

By combining these two recipes with three different types of cask, we have produced six different varieties. Sherry butts, bourbon barrels and not least our cask made of new Swedish Oak all contribute different tastes, fragrances and colours to the finished product.

The recipes
Mackmyra Elegant is our original recipe, designed to produce a well-balanced, well-rounded malt whisky. It allows the cask notes to come to the fore with the best flavours from sherry butts, bourbon barrels and new Swedish Oak casks.

As a complement to Elegant, we wanted to produce a smoky variety. We experimented with various types of spice on a base of bog-moss peat. We soon found that juniper brush, which have given its distinctive flavour to smoked sausages and ham for centuries, was the best alternative here, too. A different and very distinctively Scandinavian smoky flavour.

Read more about the various combinations by selecting

Contact information
Mackmyra Svensk Whisky AB
Hantverkargatan 5, house 5
SE-112 21 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 55 60 25 80
Telefax: +46 8 55 60 25 81
E-mail:info@mackmyra.se

Mackmyra Distillery:Contact1

Bruksgatan 4
SE-818 32 Valbo
Phone: +46 26 54 18 80
Telefax: +46 26 54 18 81

Magnus Dandanell, Managing Director
Angela Forsgren D'Orazio, Whisky Consultant
Mikael Mossvall, Whisky Consultant
Barbro Hyllengren, Distillery Hostess at Mackmyra Distillery

Visit Mackmyra Distillery

The Japan Times Weeklyの4月8日のブログに簡単にこのウィスキーについて紹介されている。
◆ Swedish spirit: Swedes have long been great whiskey drinkers, but a group of spirited single malt lovers has set out to prove that the Scandinavian country can actually produce the amber liquid, not just polish it off. Founded in 1999 and operational three years later, the world's northernmost whiskey distillery, Mackmyra, has attracted hundreds of faithful customers who have invested in their personal cask of Swedish single malt.


超人の面白文学発見 芭蕉の有名な句 古池や〜

    古池や蛙飛びこむ水の音

  これは江戸時代の俳人・松尾芭蕉(1644-1694)のあまりに有名な俳句であるが、この解釈を巡って新しい見方が相次いで出ているという記事(2005年8月27日付日経新聞朝刊文化欄)を仕舞い込んでいた引き出しから見つけ出し面白く読んだ。因みにこの英訳はと、正確さを求めてインターネットで探したらこうだ。
The ancient pond
A frog jump in,
The sound of water
(ドナルド・キーン著「日本文学の歴史」に紹介された英訳)

ラフカディオ・ハーン訳:

oldpond-frogs-jumped in-sound of water

A frog jump
Amplifies
The pond's antiquity
With its water sound
(「Rediscovering BASHO」edited by Stephern Henry & C.Andrew Gerstleにある英訳)

そして余談、筆者も面白おかしく覚えた次の句でカタスカシ−。
Full pond, car was to become, sound of water

  さて、蛙は飛び込まなかったか。
俳人の長谷川櫂氏は、この"古池や蛙飛びこむ水のおと"に関して自著『古池に蛙は飛び込んだか』(花神社)で大胆な説を示して研究者の間で話題になっていると日経新聞は報じている。以下はその引用。
 この句は古池に蛙が飛びこんで水の音がしたという意味ではなく、蛙が飛びこむ水のおとを聞いて心の中に古池の幻が浮かんだという句になると主張。切れ字の「や」を重視し、「古池」と「蛙飛びこむ水のおと」を分けて考えるべきでその前者を心の世界、後者を現実の世界を示していると見る。古池は蕉風開眼の句と評価されているのに、従来の解釈ではくだらない句としか思えなかった。心の世界を開いた句だと考えれば納得できると長谷川氏は話す。深沢眞二・和光大学教授も、自著『風雅と笑い』(清文堂)で古池句に関する新説を示した。古池句に先だち、芭蕉は初案とされる「山吹や蛙跳びこむ水の音」を詠んだ。この蛙は、平安期に、歌枕好きだった帯刀(藤原)節信が、歌人の能因法師に蛙の干物見せた逸話に因んでいるという。節信は、蛙の干物を懐から取りだし、歌枕である(山城国)井手の蛙でへあると自慢してみせ、二人は互いの数奇ぶりを認め合った。山吹句は、古人が山吹の咲く井手の川辺で蛙を追うかける有様を想像して芭蕉が作った作品という見方だ。風狂を尊ぶ古人へのオマージュなのだ。
 山吹やを古池やに改案した理由は句の舞台を深川芭蕉庵にするためであり、芭蕉がいにしえの数奇者に成り代わって風狂を楽しんだと深沢氏は見ている。もっとも芭蕉は最晩年になると、この句の意味を読み替えた。蛙跳びこむ水の音という現象の面白さに力点を置いた。節信や芭蕉に追いかけられて飛び込んでいた蛙は、冬眠から覚め「春の訪れを喜ぶ心を表現したくて」飛び込んだとの意になったという。こうした新説に面白い解釈だが、飛躍がありすぎる面もあると『芭蕉の孤高 蕪村の自在』(草思社)の著者である雲英末雄・早稲田大学教授。和歌的な伝統では蛙は鳴くもので、飛ぶものではなかった。飛ぶ蛙を詠んだ句は芭蕉以前にもあったが、こっけいな笑いに基づいていた。尾形仞・元成城大学教授(追記2009年3月死去)は目の付けどころは良いが、結論を急ぎすぎではないかという。蛙が跳びこむ音はほとんど聞こえない。水に跳びこむ音なき音を聞きつけ、宇宙の生命の発動をとらえた点に俳諧性があるとの持論を展開する。様々な解釈が可能なのは大文学とも指摘。そして、芭蕉 今なお新解釈、奥深い世界 魅力尽きずの見出しでこの欄を書いた文化部の中野稔記者は、最後にこう結ぶ。こういう新説が現れるのも、「不易流行」を求めた俳聖ならではの現象といえそうだ、と。
筆者は蛙は古池に飛び込み、その静けさを聞き入って作った句と解釈するが、果たしていかがなものか?
  ところで、上記の英訳では単数形か複数形かが問題だが、筆者は単数形でこの静寂の中の音を感じ取りたい。

追記。毎日新聞2009年8月23日の俳句月評で俳人の井上弘美氏が芭蕉研究の現在を素描している。その月評から。

荒海や佐渡によこたふ天河

元禄二(1689)年8月21日(旧暦7月7日)、『奥の細道』の旅の途中、前日直江津に到着。代表作「荒海」を披露。
この句も同行した曽根の日記によると、七夕の夜が雨であったことから、詠まれた日や場所を巡って諸説が出されているという。果たして芭蕉は天の川を見たのか―

そして最近の芭蕉研究書を紹介。
楠元六男・深沢眞二編『おくの細道大全』(笠間書院)
大谷篤蔵著『芭蕉晩年の孤愁』(角川学芸出版)


2006/04/15

超人の最新北欧映画紹介

 かつて筆者も尋ねたこともあるNew YorkはuptownにあるScandinavia House社。そのHPで見つけた最新の北欧映画20本。

Recent Films from Scandinavia

Scandinavia House’s popular winter/spring tasting menu of the best and newest of the Scandinavian cinema-smörgåsbord begins this year with a bang. This February, recent Swedish film productions lead the way with auspicious debuts, comedies that scare the living daylights out of you or make you laugh out loud, drama with chilling implications or new possibilities, and docu-drama where the borders between fiction and reality become uncomfortably vague. All are expertly and imaginatively directed and feature the high acting standards we have come to expect from the ever-evolving and highly-regarded Swedish cinema. The series continues through June 2006 with films from Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. Special thanks to the Swedish Film Institute.

Dalecarlians (Masjävlar)Dalecarlians

Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 pm & Saturday, February 4, 3 pm

Written and directed by Maria Blom (2004). With Sofia Helin, Kajsa Ernst, and Ann Petrén.

This debut film from a director well known for her considerable successes in the theater is distinguished by fine performances and a strong sense of place—in this case the Swedish province of Dalecarlia. Three sisters who grew up together in a small village meet again to celebrate their father’s 70th birthday. As the celebration gets underway, old conflicts are brought to life, things get out of hand, and pretty soon it’s not only the cat who’s in trouble. 98 min.

Completely Mad (Komplett galen)Completely20mad

Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 pm & Saturday, February 11, 3 pm

Directed by Lea Farmlohde (2005). With Görel Crona and Rafael Edholm.

Two actors, a married couple, rehearse Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, and one of them even makes a film about it. Is this method acting in the extreme or complete madness? Totally irreverent and willfully ridiculous, Edholm, who directs the film under a pseudonym and with tongue firmly planted in cheek, takes us on a unique journey from cold slaughterhouses in Stockholm to hot hotel rooms in Spain. "Acting is for real, acting hurts," says Crone in this fictionalized close-up of marriage and work-probably with more than a touch of truth. 90 min.

Harry’s Daughters (Harrys döttrar) Harrys20daughters

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm, February 18, 3 pm

Written and directed by Richard Hobert (2005). With Lena Endre, Amanda Ooms, and Jörgen Langhelle.

One of Sweden’s most internationally acclaimed contemporary directors shows his expert hand in this taunt, well-written, claustrophobic drama with psycho-thriller elements. The powerful bond linking two sisters (Endre and Ooms at the peak of their game) starts to unravel when their mutual pregnancies take an unexpected turn: one child dies, and the surviving child seems to become a catalyst for the strange forces that soon engulf them. The relationship between a man, his two daughters, and their husbands change in disturbing and scary ways as their perception of reality is shattered. 106 min.

Illusive Tracks (Skenbart)Illusive20tracks201

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 pm & Saturday, February 25, 3 pm

Directed by Peter Dalle (2003). With Gustav Hammarsten, Magnus Roosmann, Anna Björk, Gösta Ekman, and Lena Nyman.

A huge success at home in Sweden, this comedy/thriller, expertly directed by Dalle and featuring members of the Swedish acting elite, is subtitled "a film about trains." The black and white film is an exceedingly well-done 1940s pastiche about a writer on a train journey to Germany right after the end of WW II on a mission to help the Germans start over; but first he helps his friends on the train. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry; or be scared out of your wits! 100 min.

Frozen Land (Paha maa)Frozen20land

Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 pm & Saturday, March 4, 3 pm

Directed by Aku Louhimies (Finland. 2005). With Mikko Leppilampi, Jasper Pääkkönen, Petteri Summanen, Pamela Tola, and Matleena Kuusniemi. In Finnish with English subtitles. 130 min.

With intersecting stories a la Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, the main narrative follows Tuomas, a young computer hacker who wants to make something of his life and marry his girlfriend Elina, a young student activist. His best friend Niko leads a more hedonistic life in a world of drugs and alcohol. When Niko forges a 500 euro note, a chain reaction of fateful events is set in motion. Episodic and fast-paced, the film’s depiction of contemporary Finnish society is both realistic and dramatically satisfying.

Mosku - The Last of his Kind (Mosku - lajinsa viimeinen)Mosku

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm & Saturday, March 11, 3 pm

Directed by Tapio Suominen (Finland, 2003). With Kai Lehtinen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Uula Laakso, Petter Sairanen, Rauno Ahonen, and Kari Lahti. In Finnish with English subtitles. 100 min.

Mosku, a forest vigilante who has learned wilderness survival skills from his father, volunteers to go on patrol when reindeer thefts become alarmingly common in the borderlands between Finland and Russia. With just one rifle and five cartridges he manages to free countless reindeer. As his reputation grows, he meets Mari and they start a life together. But then Rupipää shows up at the inn run by Mosku and Mari. The two men have been enemies since childhood and have had countless showdowns—and now they meet again…

Fata MorganaFatamorgana

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm & Saturday, March 18, 3 pm

Directed by Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio. In Finnish and Chukchis with English subtitles. 57 min.

In their matchlessly poetic and beautifully realized style, Lapsui and Lehmuskallio’s new film give voice to the Chukchis, an indigenous people whose livelihood is provided by the sea. The preface to this exquisitely crafted film says: “He stands facing the sunrise. The day is dawning. Every morning the messenger bird pecks a tiny hole in the edge of the vault of heaven, and from the hole dawn seeps through. The bird makes the hole larger, so that the sun can come out from its hiding and light the earth.” Lapsui and Lehmuskallio are especially popular and well regarded by Scandinavia House audiences since they presented their earlier films on the Sámi people there in the spring of 2002, and their new work will not disappoint. (Shown on digital video.)

Gourmet ClubGourmet20club

Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm & Saturday, March 25, 3 pm

Directed by Juha Wuolijoki (Finland, 2004). With Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Kari Ketonen, Michael Badalucco, Antti Litja, and Aarno Sulkanen. In Finnish with English subtitles. 65 min.

A very funny comedy about a doctor-played with deadpan bravura by Björkman-who belongs to a small, exclusive dinner club. Five wealthy upper-class men take turns providing the main course, wagering as to who can identify a mystery exotic ingredient. The doctor gets a bit desperate when a gambling habit catches up with him, but, never short of ideas, he resolves to use a truly shocking mystery ingredient to fool his colleagues and get the till. When the mystery meal has a surprising and powerful effect on the members, he gets more than he bargained for. (Shown on digital video.)

All films are courtesy of The Finnish Film Foundation except Gourmet Club, for which we thank Snapper Films.

Villa ParanoiaVillaparanoia_foto_rolf_konow

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm & Saturday, April 1, 3 pm

Written and directed by Erik Clausen (Denmark, 2004). With Sonja Richter, Frits Helmuth, Erik Clausen, and Sidse Babett Knudsen. In Danish with English subtitles. 106 min.

A satire, psychological drama, and comedy rolled into one. Anna, a young unemployed actress, makes ends meet by looking after Valentin, the elderly father of Jørgen, a businessman she meets while acting in a commercial. Valentin’s mental faculties appear to be declining, but when Jørgen gets a little too eager to settle his father’s estate, it turns out that Valentin isn’t quite as feeble as he and the hospital staff thought. Soon Anna needs all her acting skills to find out what Valentin is hiding. This terrifically entertaining story reflects on life today in Denmark, which the director calls “a land of material wealth and mental poverty.”

Accused (Anklaget)Anklaget_foto_ole_kragh_jacobsen
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 pm & Saturday, April 8, 3 pm

Directed by Jacob Thuesen (Denmark, 2005). With Troels Lyby, Sofie Gråbøl, Paw Henriksen, Louise Mieritz, and Ditte Gråbøl. In Danish with English subtitles. 103 min.

Jacob Thuesen’s extremely strong feature film debut is distinguished by unforgettable performances by the three lead characters: a father, mother, and daughter. This devastating drama was written with keen psychological insight and hair-raising dramatic truth by the prolific Kim Fupz Aakeson. The life of a likeable family man and swimming teacher suddenly takes a dramatic turn when one day he is arrested and charged with a serious crime. As his whole world falls apart, only his wife stands by him. Thuesen also directed the award-winning 1996 documentary Under New York and is a renowned film editor.

Young Andersen (Unge Andersen)Andersen2

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, April 15, 3 pm

Directed by Rumle Hammerich (Denmark, 2005). With Simon Dahl Thaulow, Henning Jensen, Lars Brygman, Puk Scharbau, Per Oscarsson. In Danish with English subtitles. 110 min.

Award-winning director Rumle Hammerich’s powerful film tells the story of an encounter that fundamentally transforms the life of the young poet H.C. Andersen. A modern narrative set in a historical framework, it is the story of a crucial encounter between the vulnerable 18-year-old Andersen, full of hope and ambition, and Mr. Meisling, a cynical school principal. This is the contribution of Nordisk Film and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation to the international celebration in 2005 of the bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen’s birth

OvercomingOvercoming

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. & Saturday 22, 3 pm

Directed by Tómas Gislason. With appearances by Bjarne Riis, Ivan Basso, and Sastre Peron. In Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, with English subtitles. 106 min.

This is a fast-paced, heart-stopping real-life drama that provides profound and penetrating insights into the hermetically sealed world of professional cycling. The film follows former professional rider and Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis and his new Team CSC as they strive for the impossible: to become the world's best and win the Tour de France. A tour-de-force documentary by Gislason, who has previously worked as an editor for Lars von Trier.

With grateful thanks to The Danish Film Institute.

UnoUno_5

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 pm & Saturday, April 29, 3 pm

Co-directed by Aksel Hennie and John Andreas Andersen (Norway, 2004). Written by Aksel Hennie. With Aksel Hennie, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Floberg, and Liv Bernhoft Osa. In Norwegian with English subtitles. 103 min.

Uno reveals the seedy underside of Oslo as it examines one young man’s confrontation with the warring aspects of his own life. David has few prospects for his future as he navigates a life spent hanging around with pretty criminals at an inner city gym and cares for his terminally ill father and mentally handicapped brother. When a crisis arrives, David has to decide what is most important to him, and if he can take a chance and rebuild his life. Writer and co-director Hennie, who also delivers a sterling performance as David (one of several strong performances in the film), has created an affecting vision of an unexpected urban landscape. Special thanks to TLC Releasing.

My Jealous Barber (Min Misunnelige Frisor)
Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 pm & Saturday, May 6, 3 pm

Directed by Annette Sjursen (Norway, 2004). With Gard Eidsvold, Bjørn Sundquist, Hildgunn Riise. In Norwegian with English subtitles. 90 min.

Sjursen’s subtle and affecting debut feature—co-written with Lars Saabye Christensen and based on his popular novel—is a low-key, compassionate comedy. Bent is a young man who takes comfort in routine and stability: he never misses work, always has his hair cut at the same hairdresser across the street, and brings dinner to his elderly father every day. When Susie, an aroma-therapist with bad short-term memory, moves into the neighborhood, his stable and predictable life is completely uprooted. Bent reluctantly becomes fascinated and decides to make some changes in his life.

Too Much Norway (Alt for Norge)Prins20harald201939

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 pm & Saturday, May 13, 3 pm

Directed by Rune Denstad Langlo and Sigve Endresen (Norway, 2005). In Norwegian with English subtitles. 90 min.

Marking the centennial of Norway’s independence as a country in 2005, this astonishing and humorous film look at what it means to be Norwegian. Illustrator, causeur, artist, writer, and humorist Odd Børretzen leads a guided tour through the brief history following the dissolution of the union in 1905. Using terrific archival footage and revelatory commentary, the film provides an image of the “typical Norwegian” character navigating modern challenges with great seriousness and observes the small nation’s attempts to win power and glory by conquering ever more masses of snow and ice. What will it mean to be Norwegian 100 years from now? How do we regard ourselves, and how do others regard us?

Import / ExportForside

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 pm & Saturday, May 20, 3 pm

Written and directed by Khalid Hussain. With Talat Hussain, Iram Haq, Bjørnar Listher Teigen, and Assad Siddique. In Norwegian and Urdu with English subtitles. 100 min.

The first authentic film from the Pakistani community in Oslo, this is a warm and generous comedy exploring cultural differences. Jan, a 25-year old Norwegian and aspiring rock musician, is in love with Jasmin, a Pakistani-Norwegian woman who is perfect for him in every way, except for the fact that she is engaged to another man. Her parents have promised Jasmin in marriage to a cousin on his way over from Pakistan. While Jasmin loves Jan too, she believes in the customs of her culture and will only marry someone of her family's choosing. The wedding is imminent, and all seems hopeless. But Jan loves Jasmin and is determined to win her by becoming the man of her family’s dreams. The multi-talented Khalid Hussain became well-known in Norway when he wrote the book Paki at age 16.

Africa UnitedAfrica20united

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 pm & Saturday, May 27, 3 pm

Directed by Olaf Johannesson (Iceland, 2005). In Icelandic with English subtitles.
93 min.

This lively documentary tells the upbeat story of Zico, a man with a dream. He came to Iceland from Morocco ten years ago to seek his fortune but is now bankrupt, desperate, and depressed. He decides to bring life to an amateur soccer team called “Africa United” and recruits immigrants from all over Iceland. Players originally from Morocco, Nigeria, Columbia, Serbia, Kosovo, Gambia, and Guinea gather to help realize Zico’s ambition to take the team into semi-professional play. The film takes us on an enchanted journey of ambition and aspiration with a soccer-crazy coach and his no less colorful ensemble of players. This film is presented in Danish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Bavaria Film.

Dark Horse (Voksne Mennesker)Dark20horse

Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 pm & Saturday, June 3, 3 pm

Directed by Dagur Kári (Iceland/Denmark, 2004). With Jakob Cedergren, Tilly Scott Pedersen, and Nicolas Bro. In Danish with English subtitles. 109 min.

A winning tale about a loser, his friend, and the girl they both love. The story is the oldest in the movies, the style elegantly modern and deadpan a la early Jim Jarmush, and the performances delightful. Carefree, lazy Daniel occupies himself painting grafitti and getting fined. “Morfar” (Grandpa), his best and only friend, is an overweight, delusional would-be soccer referee who works in a sleep clinic. When they meet the equally kooky Franc, the question is if any of these childlike dreamers can grow up and change enough to live up to (some of) the demands of contemporary life. The winner of many awards at festivals since its Cannes debut, Dagur Kari’s follow up to his much-lauded Albino Noi does not disappoint.

Eleven Men Out (Strákarnir Okkar)1120men20out201

Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 pm & Saturday, June 10, 3 pm

Directed by Róbert I. Douglas (Iceland, 2005). With Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, and Arnaldur Ernst. In Icelandic with English subtitles. 85 min.

In this compassionate but lighthearted comedy/drama, the main character “comes out” in the first scene to a local newspaper covering his soccer team’s poor performance. Finally, there is some news! This news might help press coverage, but now he must contend with the reactions of his team mates, his father (the coach), his son, his ex-wife, the world—and they are not amused. Soon he, the former star player, is benched at most matches, so he calls it quits and joins a small amateur team made up of men like himself. What happens when a team of gay guys tries to play soccer in the straight world of Icelandic fishing culture machismo is beyond hilarious as well as meaningful and emotionally satisfying.

Screaming Masterpiece (Gargandi Snilld)Screaming

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 pm & Saturday, June 17, 3 pm
Written and directed by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon. With Björk, Sigur Rós, and Múm.
In Icelandic and English with English subtitles. 87 min.

Subtitled “1000 Years of Icelandic Popular Music,” this rock documentary is indeed music history as it attempts to answer the question “Why is Icelandic music so HOT”? This powerhouse film captures the energy of the hottest indie music scene on the planet in Iceland’s cool capital Reykjavík, but it also journeys through the country’s breathtaking landscape and back centuries to Viking times in search of its roots. Throbbing with musical energy and fast-moving images, it features masterful performances from Iceland’s international superstars while also providing an insider look at a multitude of fabulous bands in the local clubs. Courtesy of Katapult.

With grateful thanks for the kind cooperation of The Icelandic Film Centre.

All films are subtitled in English.

Film Tickets: $8 ($6 ASF members).ASF members may make phone reservations by calling (212) 847-9746. Non-members may purchase tickets in person at Scandinavia House before screenings or up to one week in advance of screenings (Monday - Saturday, 12-6 pm).

2006/04/14

超人のジャーナリスト・アイ 28 6000人の命のビザ 杉原千畝のことなど 続

  2005年10月6日付このコラムでリトアニアでユダヤ人に通過ビザを発給した杉原千畝について書いたが、日経新聞2006年4月13日の朝刊文化欄「交遊抄」で早乙女光弘外務省参与が、20数年前ニューヨーク領事館勤務時代に日本政府にある問題で抗議に来た現地のユダヤ人協会の代表でユダヤ人ラビ、シュナイヤー師のことについて書いている。彼はナチスドイツの迫害か逃れてポーランドからリトアニアに赴き、鉄道で大陸を横断、ロシア・ウラジオストクから海路、福井県の敦賀や神戸を経て日米開戦直前に渡米した。杉原千畝に日本通過の発給を受けた一人で、敦賀では地元住民から炊き出しの温かいもてなしも受けたという。我々はこの恩を忘れない、5000年後の子孫も必ず覚えていると話されたらしい。実際、阪神大震災の際には協会から日本に多額な義援金を送っていただいた由。このコラムの執筆者は最後にこう結ぶ。日本は戦後、多くの国々から支援を受け、復興を成し遂げた。果たして今、その恩義に報い、国としての品格を保てているのかと師の面影を思い出すたび、自問している、と。この物語は最近作家・堤清二脚本で舞台化も計画されている。

2006/04/10

超人のジャーナリスト・アイ 27 最近届いたアメリカの文芸雑誌『A Public Space』創刊号を読む 

  3月25日のこのコラムでこの雑誌ことを取り上げたが、その後10日経ってアメリカからこの真新しい雑誌が届いた。早速手に取ってみて肌触りなど確かめてみた。カバーデザイン、見開きの赤と白とのコントラストそして赤と黒の絶妙な組み合わせで綴る目次、それに本文。紙もそう高価ではなさそうだが、真っ白ではなくややベージュぽい色とこれが洋書の匂いと感じさせる独特の匂い-なかなか上品だ。決して華やかさはないがシックで洒落た雑誌にある種のセンスを感じた。オイシイ雑誌である。Nec_0047

早速FORUM: If you see something, say something の最初のページである Ian Chillagの Gob Damned On the Buffalo Creek Floodを読んだ。 わずか2ページちょっと。West Virginia の検視官だった祖父Erwin Chillagとバッファロー河洪水についてのエッセイだ。ちょっとその前に忘れていたね、この季刊文芸誌『A Public Space』の編集長Brigid Hughes の巻頭ページ、 LETTER: FROM THE EDITORだ。この雑誌にかける編集方針など意気込みが読み取れるところである。ちょっと引用してみる。
One that especially resonated was an article by the critic James Wood written in the aftermath of the tsunami in south Asia last year."Literature can no more explain suffering than can science or religion,but it can describe it better than either."If that's true,then shouldn't fiction be as important to our culture as journalism? Can one truely inform us without the other? そしてこの欄の最後の方でこうも書いている。
A literary forum for the stories behind the news,a fragment of an overheard conversation,a peek at the novel the person next to you on the subway is reading, the life you invent for the man in front of you at the supermarket checkout line. Ideas and stories about the things that confront us, amuse us, confound us, intrigue us.創刊号で日本特集も組んでいる。おいおいその読後感なども書いてみるつもりだ。

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