Welcome to Est. 1999, the official blog of Abraham Translations. As is perhaps easy to surmise, the name of this blog reflects the year that Abraham Translations was founded.
It all began with the correction of a few texts that had been translated by another time-pressed translator. Within the year, translating had become my main source of income; now, it has long been the only way I put bacon on the table.
I am rather proud of many of the projects on which I have worked.
Est. 1999, basically, is a visual confirmation of past projects, a blowing of my own horn, a presentation of translator-related topics, and an occasional departure into other areas that I deem worthy of presenting. Enjoy.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Midsummer Night's Tango (2013)

Made in co-production with Illume Ltd. (Finland), Gema Films (Argentina), SF and 3sat, with the support of the MEDIA Progamme of the European Union, and funding by Filmförderungsanstalt – FFA, Mediaboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Finnish Film Foundation, and the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales.
English Trailer:
Midsummer Night's Tango_Trailer from gebrueder beetz filmproduktion on Vimeo. 
Written and directed by Viviane Blumenschein
I translated two or three different treatment versions to this documentary cum road movie in 2011, when its working title was Cheek to Cheek – An Argentinean Discovers Finnish Tango / Wange an Wange – Ein Argentinier entdeckt den finnischen Tango.
The description of the final version, Midsummer Night's Tango, as found on Gebrueder Beetz: "Finns have a quirky sense of humour – and are a bit shy. But: Tango is THE folk music of the Finns. The documentary discovers the Finnish tango from the viewpoint of the singer Chino Laborde, the guitarist Diego 'DIPI' Kvitko and the bandoneonist Pablo Greco. The three Argentine musicians travel to Finland to find out whether Aki Kaurismäki is telling the truth when he asserts that tango music was invented in Finland."
Actually, "Argentinean tango" is a misnomer in the first place, as tango arose simultaneously on both sides of the Rio de la Plate in the lower income areas of Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, towards the end of the 19th century. 
For your listening pleasure,
the most famous "Argentinean tango" ever written: 
La Cumparsita, composed in 1916 by
the Uruguayan Gerardo Matos Rodríguez:

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