2013: The highlights
The scandals, the sensations, the premieres – everything from crimes to movies that are worth remembering this year will be presented to you in radio VR’s new special project “2013: The highlights”.
Show hosts: Dan Moody
The cultural scandal of the year brought up the old agreements between Russia and the US. The bone of contention is the so-called Schneerson library. For decades the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement in the States has been trying to regain possession of the collection of 12,000 books and religious documents assembled prior to World War II, and kept in Russia since then.
When 2013 was eight days old, music fans around the world rejoiced at the great news. David Bowie had released a new single on his 66th birthday, following years of silence and speculation. A living legend, Bowie hasn't performed since 2006. So when he released the song ‘Where Are We Now?’ and announced that his first album for a decade, ‘The Next Day’, would follow in March it was instantly referred to as the main musical event of the year.
The year in vogue. The fashion world was shaken this summer with the news that famous design duo Dolce and Gabbana had been sentenced to 1 year 8 months in prison. An Italian court found Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana guilty of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the tax authorities.
The man who kept the cultural community completely rapt this year is French actor, businessman and a great fan of Russia - Gerard Depardieu.
This year was especially fruitful for the social reporters as the star couples have been splitting up one after another. Among the high-profile divorces of the year – the collapse of the pairs of Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassell, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Clint and Dina Eastwood.
An actress, a mother of six and just a brave woman that grabbed attention of the whole world this year – Angelina Jolie appeared in the headlines of the most prestigious magazines after she underwent a preventive double mastectomy to decrease her chances to get cancer.
Months of anticipation, thousands of headlines, millions of souvenirs. The birth of one boy – His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge – became the most celebrated event of the outgoing year.
It was a crime that shocked the ballet world. On January 17, Sergei Filin, a former dancer and artistic director of the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre, was the victim of an awful acid attack by a masked man. Filin was assaulted as he stepped out of his car outside his home. The attacker threw acid onto Filin’s face causing third-degree burns, and then fled. The dancer was quickly transported to a downtown clinic where he underwent a series of plastic surgery procedures.
And the big screen belonged to…well, we have quite a few options this year. It would be fair to start with the 85th Academy Awards favorites though. The film of the legendary Chinese director Ang Lee «Life of Pi» won four Oscars in four nominations, including that for the best director. Thus, the film master took home his fourth highest award of the American Film Academy. Another famous Chinese film director Xie Fei says Ang Lee’s movies are unique because they can fit into any epoch and civilization.
The greatest art find of the year, or better yet, of the century, definitely ensured that 2013 would stick in our memory. A cache of some 1,500 "lost" paintings by world-renowned artists has been discovered by Bavarian customs police in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the 80-year-old son of well-known pre-war art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt.