By Marina Lazëri
1 – Foltin. A small Macedonian band, alternative rock and electro pop. Think Tom Waits mixed with Latin American jazzy rhythms. Their latest album, Penelope X, is a rewriting of ‘Odysseus’, that captivating story that made us as children believe in the power of love. In Foltin’s postmodern version, the miserable fall from power that Odysseus experiences is combined with his narcissism in giving a dismal picture of a perverted and out-of-favour anti-hero.
Bonus point: A lot of their songs are sung in a made up sound system which resembles Portugese, French etc.
Check out: If you touch me I’ll die
2 – Belgian Cinema produces very good movies. Check out ‘La Cinquiéme Saison’, a 2012 film about the Ecce Homo effect of a complete natural catastrophe – winter doesn’t go away. Plats don’t grow, bees have disappeared, it snows randomly in summer, cows don’t produce milk, fish casually die. What does this do to human nature? Can we form communal bonds and deal with shortage? Or do we turn against each other? And most importantly, how to we relate to the other, the different, the stranger, the threat?
The movie makers focus on still frames intended to capture the contrast between the dissetlement of the human soul and the stillness of an overly troublesome nature, leading to amazingly beautiful visual effects.
Bonus point: There’s a guy that chases his cock with a grass cutting machine.
You can watch it in: Filmtheater ’t Hoogt, Hoogt 4, Utrecht
3 – Captain Stupendous. A webcomic about a cocky superhero whose ex-wife is marrying an ordinary mortal, whose teenage daughter is an awkward, unpopular high school kid, whose superhero son is manifestly homosexual and whose mortal son’s acceptance to Harvard Law School is a mere reminder of his lack of superpowers. The risqué story line deals in great exaggeration with issues such as ostracisation, the relativity of sexual immorality, teenage disfunctionality and parental irresponsibility. Captain Stupendous has Zach Weiner and Chris Jones at their finest.
Bonus point: It’s only 95 pages, it will not make you stop studying for entire days.