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As the civil war in Syria continues, we meet some of the artists trying to carry on with their work in spite of the conflict raging around them. Our studio guest Jalal Maghout is a video artist from Damascus who is in Paris for the city's animation festival. He tells Catherine Nicholson how he's managed to keep working, and how he represents the conflict in his work.
Jamming with John Lennon and rocking out with the Rolling Stones are two activities you wouldn't normally associate with a classical violinist, but Ivry Gitlis has done both. At 91 years old, he’s still working hard and releasing a new compilation of his work. He tells Catherine Nicholson about what his classical experiences brought to his rock 'n' roll ones, and why he thinks making mistakes when you play isn't that big a deal.
Laure Prouvost's video installation tea party is certainly eccentric enough to be British – but she definitely isn't. The 35-year-old artist from Lille has become the first ever French winner of the UK's Turner Prize, the country's most prestigious art award. We hear why she thinks her win proves there are no more barriers in art.
Drugs, crime, and the shadow of apartheid hang heavy over Jérôme Salle’s new film "Zulu". It’s the tale of two Cape Town cops, played by Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, battling violent crime, a sinister conspiracy, and their own personal demons.
Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard seems to love a challenge. After tackling a tough Edith Piaf impersonation for "La Vie En Rose", having her legs eaten by a killer whale in "Rust and Bone" and taking on a 100% English part in "Blood Ties", she’s now learned to speak Polish for her latest role. In "The Immigrant", she plays a young woman who travels from Poland to New York in the 1920s, in search of a new life - but finds the American Dream isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.