Cultural Life: Lone Scherfig, film director

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Films

Jacques Audiard's 'A Prophet' and Michael Haneke's 'The White Ribbon'. Both are masterpieces and far stronger than any major recent American films.

Books

At the moment Rose Tremain's very wonderful and very different novels. But last week Ian McEwan's 'Saturday'. I think I've read his book 'On Chesil Beach' five times.

Music

Mainly what my 15-year-old daughter decides to play. I tend to escape the room less when she plays Muse.

Theatre & Opera

The updated version of 'The Misanthrope', starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley. I was impressed with both of them.

Visual arts

I am on the board of a minuscule 19th-century museum in a Copenhagen suburb. We are renovating and considering getting rid of half a room full of hideous oil paintings, which over the years were given to the museum by people who didn't like them either. But the board is now beginning to feel sorry for the art. What if someone loved the unfortunate-looking uncle on that portrait?

'An Education' is out now on DVD and Blu-ray

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