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.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Gardenia – Before the Last Curtain Falls / Gardenia – Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt (2014)

(Documentary, HD, 88 minutes; directed by Thomas Wallner; written by Thomas Wallner & Eva Küpper.)
A Gebrüder Beetz Produktion, in coproduction with Savage Film, ZDF & Canvas, in association with arte & Telenet, supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA - German Federal Film Board, DFFF - German National Film Fund, MEDIA programme of the European Union & Flanders Audiovisual Fund.
Didn't do a lot on this project, just a synopsis or two. But the documentary is interesting and tragically touching, and well worth seeing if you have the chance. (There's a reason it has reaped in awards and special mentions at all the festivals it’s been screened.)
Trailer One:
In Vancouver, Janet Smith of  The Georgia Straight had the following to say about the feature-length documentary: "In these days of progress for transgender people, documentary filmmaker Thomas Wallner takes a timely, and artfully constructed, look back at a group of pioneers from the past. The aging stars of Gardenia, a hit Belgian cabaret show, recollect the pain of boyhood, the introduction of hormones, the life-threatening surgeries abroad, and, in some cases, the need to pay their bills with prostitution. Facing old age, one mourns her lost sexuality, another makes up for her lack of children by working at a hospital ward for sick kids, and a few succumb to loneliness. Wallner intercuts his interviews with avant-garde sequences from the show, producing a deeply moving account of survival, identity, and the healing power of art."
Queer Guru goes into greater detail in their review found here
Trailer Two:

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