Borgen (TV Series) – Season Two (2011)

I’ve just seen the ten episodes of Borgen’s Season Two. Click here for a summary of the first two seasons. I had a great time. I look forward to the next ten episodes of the third and last Season. Stay tuned.

The ‘Borgen’ Guide to Danish Politics

Acabo de ver los diez episodios de la Segunda Temporada de Borgen. Haga clic aquí para ver un resumen de las dos primeras temporadas. Me lo pasé muy bien. Espero con interés los próximos diez episodios de la tercera y última temporada. Permanezcan sintonizados.

OT: La Chorrera de San Mames

La Chorrera de San Mames is a waterfall located in the northern part of the south-eastern slope of Sierra de Guadarrama within the municipalities of San Mames and Navarredonda, in the north of the Community of Madrid (Spain).

This waterfall belongs to the Pinilla brook, a tributary of the Lozoya river. It has a height of 30 meters and is located at an altitude of 1,470 meters. The waters of this waterfall fall over a rocky area with a fairly uniform slope. From the village of San Mames there is a dirty road that ascends for 3.5 km until reaching the waterfall, located in a clearing in a forest of Scots pine. (Information taken from Wikipedia)

These are some of the pictures I took today







Film review: Ida (2013) directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Cartel de 'Ida'Ida is a 2013 Polish film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, with a screenplay written by Pawel Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, and starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Joanna Kulig, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela, Adam Szyszkowski, Artur Janusiak, Halina Skoczynska, Mariusz Jakus. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Special Presentations award. And it was released in Spain on 28 March, 2014.

The story takes place in Poland, 1962. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is a novice nun about to take her vows in a convent. She was brought up by the nuns when she was abandoned in the convent as a baby. Before taking her vows, she must go and visit her only surviving relative, her aunt Wanda Gruz (Agata Kulesza). Wanda is a court magistrate who was once a high ranking member of the Communist party. Wanda tells her that she is Jewish and her real name is Ida Lebenstein. Both women embark themselves on a journey not only to discover their tragic family story, but who they really are and where they belong, questioning their religions and beliefs.  

Begoña and I went to see the film this Sunday. This is a black and white film with a touching story, powerfully narrated. And with a beautiful and very special aesthetic. Highly recommended.

See film review at The Hollywood Reporter 


Borgen (TV series) Third & Final Season (2013)

I’m halfway through the second season of Borgen and I’ve managed to get the DVD of the third season. The synopsis reads:

BORGEN_S3_AMAZON_SLATE._V367748629_SX385_SY342_Borgen is about the political power play in Denmark today. It is a drama series that deals with the personal costs and consequences of the struggle for power for the people at the centre of both the political world and the media.

We meet a very different Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) in the third season than the person we last saw speaking from the lectern in parliament. She is no longer prime minister. It is two and a half years since she called an election in which she failed to win the required number of seats to maintain the existing government. Nyborg had to resign, and chose at the same time to step down as party leader in order to make way for new, up-and-coming figures. She has thus left politics, and is now a highly-paid speaker in the business world. She also sits on several major boards, which requires her to do a lot of travelling.

Her old party, the Moderates, has changed course somewhat. The current party leader is Birgitte’s former crown prince, Jacob Kruse (Jens Jacob Tychsen), who previously betrayed her, after which she “promoted” him to the post of EU Commissioner to get rid of him. He has contributed to pulling the Moderates in a more conservative direction, so that even on the immigration issue, the party is beginning to approach the politics of the current government, led by Lars Hesselboe.

Birgitte Nyborg has consciously tried to put political life in Denmark behind her, but she begins to pay more and more attention to the change of course in the Moderate party. It becomes increasingly difficult for her to observe from the sidelines the political deals that the Moderate are entering into. During a talk she is holding for yet another group of Danish businesspeople, it all suddenly becomes too much for her. She can no longer brush off the recurring question of “what she would do if she were Prime Minister”. Now she chooses to respond, and to show commitment.

She makes the decision to return to politics.

Katrine (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ) and Kasper (Pilou Asbæk) now have a baby son, Gustav, but the couple has already split up. Kasper could not live in a relationship with Katrine once they became a small family, so they now live separately and share equally in looking after Gustav. Katrine is still working a lot as a leading anchor on TV1, and must draw a great deal on her mother to help her to get her everyday life to function. Kasper has been given an analytical political magazine programme on TV1 (“Juul & Friis”) with TV1’s news director, Torben Friis.

Torben Friis (Søren Malling) is still head of news at TV1 News, and is comfortable with this position. He is put to the test when he acquires a new, younger boss, and this affects him both professionally and privately.

We follow the former prime minister’s return to the political arena. Whereas the parliament once was Birgitte Nyborg’s workplace as party leader and prime minister, it has now become the goal of her efforts. This season deals with the innermost building block of democracy – how to formulate a position and find supporters for it.

In the third season of Borgen, the writers ask the question: “Can you achieve power and remain yourself?” (From DR DK)

The 2014 Spanish Critic’s Prize

Rafael Chirbes and Antonio Hernández have been awarded with the 2014 Spanish Critic’s Prize. Rafael Chirbes for his novel En la orilla (On the Shore) (Anagrama); Antonio  Hernández for his collection of poems Nueva York después de muerto (New York after death) (Calambur).

You can read more about Rafel Chirbes at The Modern Novel ~ A blog, Anagrama and Literary Rambles

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