Don't miss




President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hails 'milestone' as UN peacekeepers leave Liberia

Read more


The 'Brexecution' of Boris Johnson

Read more


State of British Politics 'Worse than Shakespeare'

Read more


From London to Abu Dhabi: How Brexit sent shockwaves across the world

Read more


Carney: UK suffering from 'economic post-traumatic stress'

Read more


Liberia UNMIL mission: Peacekeepers prepare to hand over to government

Read more


Boris Backs Out After Brexit

Read more


DRC elections: Kabila says poll will go ahead

Read more


Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-Brexit leadership battle (part 1)

Read more

How do artists and writers see the world? We take you to the crossroads where culture meets the news and engages with what's happening in our lives today. From Monday to Friday at 12.15 pm Paris time.



Latest update : 2014-02-12

Clooney, Von Trier and Shia LaBoeuf's paper bag: Berlinale 2014

It may not have the glamour of Cannes, but the Berlin Film Festival certainly has the clout. We find out why Lars Von Trier decided to take a vow of silence at this year’s event, while Shia LaBoeuf walked the red carpet with a bag over his head. We also hear from George Clooney about his upcoming World War II caper "The Monuments Men".

Also on the show: tributes continue for Hollywood’s greatest child star, Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85.

Our film critic Lisa Nesselson gives us her take on animated adventure "Mr. Peabody And Sherman", and black-and-white Polish feature "Ida", both out in France this week.

We also find out why short is sweet for short-film creators at the festival dedicated to the form in the French town of Clermont Ferrand.

Finally, we discover a brand new "Beauty and the Beast": Christophe Gans’ "La Belle et la Bête" has Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, and sumptuous costumes by Christian Lacroix, for a truly French touch.

By Catherine NICHOLSON



2016-06-30 culture

Matthew McConaughey and ‘Free State of Jones' shine new light on American civil war

Today on Encore! Valerie Defert has been talking to actor Matthew McConaughey. He stars in the new film "Free State of Jones", which recounts one of the lesser known episodes of...

Read more

2016-06-29 culture

Film show: 'The Red Turtle', 'Camping 3' and 'The Balkan Trilogy'

We dive into the wordless world of "The Red Turtle" by Michael Dudok de Wit. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why it’s a laid-back yet thrilling animated gem. We also check...

Read more

2016-06-28 photography

Brazil’s contemporary art star Vik Muniz comes to Paris

He’s painted the Mona Lisa in peanut butter, recreated Liz Taylor’s face with real diamonds and smeared Sigmund Freud’s portrait in chocolate sauce. Vik Muniz started out as a...

Read more

2016-06-27 culture

Music show: Metronomy, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg and Jazz

Metronomy are back with their fifth album. The English band collaborates with a hip-hop pioneer to drop a beat on "Old Skool". Music critic Mark Thompson tells us why listeners...

Read more

2016-06-23 culture

Quai Branly museum renamed to honour former French president Chirac

It's a temple of tribal arts in the heart of Paris. The Quai Branly museum marks its 10th birthday, celebrating with a new name and an exhibition dedicated to former French...

Read more