Euronews Culture’s People of the Year 2023 are those who influenced, influenced and defined the year in European and world culture.
Euronews Culture has selected the best people of the year in the fields of film, music, art and literature, both in Europe and in the world.
We spent several weeks considering our options and created this list. This list is not exhaustive, but it represents eight of her figures that we collectively agree have defined our year and fostered conversations in their respective fields.
Cinema – Europe: Sandra Hüller
Europe’s undisputed star of the film industry in 2023, starring in Palme d’Or winner Sandra Hüller Anatomy Done Shoot (structure of overturning) and Cannes Grand Prix winner zone of interest – Two of the best movies of the year.
We say we’re European, but she’s bringing Hollywood to its knees.
Hüller is not new to the scene, but most people will recognize the German actress from her international breakout role in the 2016 film directed by Maren Ade. toni erdmanThe film wowed Cannes audiences and propelled the actress to new heights outside her native Germany. But this year, Hüller really turned heads.
Inside Justine Triet structure of overturning, she played Sandra Boiter, a novelist and mother accused of murder.Jonathan Glazer’s Holocaust drama zone of interestone of The most important movies in recent memoryshe starred as Hedwig Hess, the wife of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Hess, one of history’s most notorious mass murderers.
The versatility the 45-year-old actress has shown in playing different women on screen this year has been truly impressive, earning comparisons to Ingrid Bergman and Isabelle Huppert. She did it in three different languages. And both of her roles in 2023 taken together show a performer who has reached the pinnacle of her craft.
She has already won awards such as the Gotham Award, European Film Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Please heed our words. There is a good chance that Hüller will win an Oscar by March 2024. There’s a good chance she’ll be nominated twice, which would put her in a group of 12 actors including Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson who were nominated for their dual roles in the same year. Become. . She also becomes the first performer to be honored for two non-English European films at the same ceremony.
Euronews Culture enjoyed Meeting with Hüller in Berlin this yearand we’re excited to see if this awards season proves what we know to be true: 2023 was the year that made her a global star.
movie theatre – Global: The rise of the actor-entrepreneur
2023 was the year of the actor-entrepreneur, if you will.
So many performers have expanded their brands beyond the screen, and while it’s nothing new for working actors to supplement their income with side hustles, the act of using fame to sell products A significant number are now at the stage of starting their own brands. Support existing companies.
Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington, and Margot Robbie started their own production companies to spearhead projects that might otherwise have been stalled by the studio system. Ryan Reynolds continues to sell Aviation Gin. Selena Gomez followed in Rihanna’s Fenty footsteps and made huge profits from makeup company Rare Beauty… Stars are taking control of their careers and increasing their profits.
For production companies, it can be a powerful way to give a platform to female-led projects and provide agency to performers who want to do something more meaningful than appearing in films that are all about appearances.
In some cases, however, the effort can look like a cynical cash grab.
This year, it’s a double-edged sword that feels inevitable. Stars are investing, and those who will survive (rather than selling for a quick profit) will be by using their platforms for good and avoiding consumer fatigue. . how? By elevating a cause through investment. For example, a portion of Rare Beauty’s sales profits go to Gomez’s Rare Impact Fund, which provides mental health services. In other news, Lady Gaga has partnered with House Lab, a joint investment in which proceeds will be donated to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, which tackles the youth mental health crisis.
While beauty products and alcohol may be the biggest drivers, we hope this trend of actorpreneurs continues to move in even more positive directions, with companies elevating voices within the industry and giving a platform to important causes. . This is a phenomenon we have been monitoring this year and plan to track closely in 2024.
music – Europe: Jalen Ngonda
In this still very young decade, contemporary artists are driving a soul revival, and 2023 is a great year for new soul.
from black panther with duran jones gabrielsthe genre remains a rich source of inspiration even in dark times and has a bright future ahead.
One of the lighthouses is 28-year-old Jaylen Ngonda. He is an East Coast American singer-songwriter who falls into the European category. He moved to Liverpool nearly 10 years ago to study at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and England was where he flourished as a musician.
Thanks to legendary label Daptone, N’Gonda completed his debut album Come Around and Love Me earlier this year. Since its release in September, his sweet falsetto has been wowing us. Reminiscent of classic artists like Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, Ngonda’s sound transports you back to the golden age of soul, but he also blends modern influences to make his sound just what he is. Guaranteed to be unique. This is a sensational and life-enriching debut, and he is one of the rising stars of the music world considering all genres.
We’re keeping an eye on him and what he has planned next: a European tour in 2024. Keep an eye out to see if he’s coming to a venue near you or far away.
music – Global: Taylor Swift
2023 was truly the year of Taitei supremacy.
The 34-year-old singer-songwriter wasn’t just chosen by Time magazine. person of the year (the iconic pose she poses with one of her cats on the cover) was no different this year. Most streamed artists in the world on Spotify. Her concert film Taylor Swift: The Else Tour became the highest-grossing concert film of all time, earning approximately $250 million (€225 million) after seven weeks in theaters. I put it out. This was followed by the release of her sixth re-recorded album, “The Rock”. 1989 (Taylor version) ” topped the music charts for 8 consecutive weeks.
The project to re-record all of Swift’s early albums began in 2019 after she sold her former record label to record executive Scooter Braun, an industry that has historically sought to control artists through unfair representation. He became a pioneer in regaining power. -Reject the contract.
All of these accomplishments have further cemented Taylor Swift’s status as one of the world’s biggest superstars, but perhaps most impressively, she has brought people together and spread a message of inclusivity and empowerment. It must be her ability.After years of isolation and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor’s music and live performances have become a reality for Swiftie. exchanged friendship bracelets – reminded the world what it’s like to shake everything off and embrace pure joy again.
Art – Europe: Jesse Darling
British artist Jesse Darling has been named the winner of this year’s highly coveted award. turner prize, utilizes objects such as hazard tape, concrete-filled ring binders, net curtains, tattered British flags, and welded barriers to create a sense of disorganized familiarity and provide a commentary on class and social instability. The award was given at an exhibition featuring impressive sculptural works. .
The Berlin-based 42-year-old has been nominated for “No Medals, No Ribbons” at Oxford and “Enclosures” at Camden Arts Center in London. In a time of cost-of-living crises across Europe, war, increased hate speech, and a general distrust of those who govern us, Darling’s work is more relevant than ever. These allow us to reflect on our place within imposed social structures, and also give us a very accurate picture of what it feels like to live in a world distorted by corruption and power. allows you to express yourself.
Art – Global: Nan Goldin
The pioneering American photographer and campaigner against the billionaires who fueled America’s opioid epidemic has topped the list of the most influential people in the art world for 2023.
Nan Goldin, 70, has long been known for her skills and her advocacy. Her work has chronicled her LGBTQ+ history in the United States, her 70s counterculture in New York, the AIDS crisis, and in 2017, following her own addiction to OxyContin, I founded the advocacy group Pain (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now). The group is pressuring museums and other arts institutions to stop working with the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, which is at the center of the opioid epidemic.
Due to her tireless work, Sackler’s name has been removed from museums and galleries around the world, and her role as an artist-activist was traced in one of the best documentaries of the year, the work of Laura Poitras. Ta. All about beauty and bloodshedIt won the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
Goldin’s passionate pursuit of the rich who profit from the suffering of others inspires and encourages others as artists use their work and platform to intervene in pressing sociopolitical issues. It shows once again what is possible. No matter how difficult the circumstances, Goldin has proven that even the biggest and most powerful men can get the job done.
Literature – Europe: Salman Rushdie
After suffering Last year’s horrific knife attackDespite losing sight in one eye, Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie returned to the headlines this year for a more positive reason.
he won the award German Book Trade Peace Prize Despite being under threat of violence, his “wonderful imagination” and “deep humanity,” as well as the first Lifetime Peace Disruption Award.
In October, he also published a memoir about his attack, “ Knife: Meditation after attempted murder ” is scheduled to be published in April 2024.
Known around the world for his outstanding writing and defense of free speech, his 2023 comeback after a traumatic ordeal threatens to censor creative voices in the face of violent adversity. It once again showed Rushdie’s resilience in the face of challenges.
Literature – Global: Claire Dederer
Among the several great books published this year, Claire Dederer’s Monsters: A thought-provoking and timely exploration of whether it’s okay to love the art of morally repugnant artists. A Fan’s Dilemma” was never more memorable for us.
An expansion of her 2017 essay in the Paris Review, “What to do with monstrous human art?”, this book explores her thoughts as a cinephile, critic, and caring human being. This is a personal account of how I negotiate. her moral values and what she calls her “love of art.” From Allen to Polanski, Picasso to Nabokov, Dederer’s insights are as honest as they are wise.
It delves into the dynamics of the artist-fan relationship, asking whether male monstrosity is the same as female monstrosity, and why it seems essential that the people making art be good people. In doing so, she extends the discussion to being honest about our own monstrosity.
“Monsters” sits perfectly within the ongoing discourse on how we experience art in the age of culture wars, social media courts, rampant cancel culture, and #MeToo. And given the polarizing and frequently upsetting debates we see on a daily basis, voices like Dederer’s are more essential than ever. She recognizes that thorny issues aren’t always easily resolved, and her insightful observations give hope that honest debate may still be possible, and that art and It offers hope that conversations about the age-old dilemma of artist separation can be sparked without causing intellectual problems. Poor binary.