Here at SCILT, we celebrated the EDL 2013 with film screenings and a movie quiz in the brightly decorated Confucius Classroom in the Lord Hope Building at the University of Strathclyde’s city centre campus.
The films were shown in ‘version originale’ (VO) with English subtitles and several were accessed from www.languagesonscreen.org.uk. The programme included shorts from all over the world, kicking off with a black and white, musical love story of sorts called ‘7:35 de la mañana’ (7:35 in the morning) by Spanish filmmaker Nacho Villalongo set in a neighbourhood cafe. Next came Sandrine Stoïanov’s an animation in French and Russian called ‘Irinka & Sandrinka’ which told the story of one family in the early 20th century displaced by revolution and war. The Oscar nominated short ‘Birthday Boy’ by Korean filmmaker Sejong Park tackled similar themes in a more understated way.
During the interval, members of the audience were invited to match the French, German or Spanish titles of 12 well known Hollywood films to the poster of the original English language version. Some tricky tie break questions had been prepared, but in the event only one person got them all right.
The second half of the film programme began with a short from Italy called ‘Men at Work’ which proved to be a bit of an oxymoron as far as the characters in Fausto Caviglia’s film were concerned. The whole event was rounded off with a film called ‘der Mungo’ (the Mongoose) by German director Philipp Osthus. This action thriller was so high octane, with such an amazing twist at the end that many of the audience were literally on the edge of their seats!