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.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Life Above the Clouds / Leben über den Wolken (2011)

(5 x 43 min or 5 x 52 min.) We first took part in this five-part documentary series way back in 2009, when we translated an early treatment for ma.ja.de. And then, as normal in the biz, that was that. We only recently found out that the series actually got produced as a German-Italian co-production with Stefilm.
The description of the series, as found both on the website of ma.ja.de and of the distributor of the series, Deckert Distribution: "In Life Above the Clouds, five locations on the European continent are presented where humans have managed, through perseverance and in a most impressive manner, to establish themselves 'above the clouds' despite all temptations of a simpler life further down below. They are one and all an exceptional phenomenon, for in many places, life at this altitude is threatened by extinction. New EU directives make the traditional forms of cultivation of many remote locations impossible, while the new, younger generations dream and desire to take part in the new globalised world of mobile phones and Internet. Likewise, the regional administrations and other institutions no longer concern themselves with some of the distant locations, thus making them uninhabitable. The series not only presents visually stunning and often extreme lifestyles found somewhere between heaven and earth, but also tells of the remnants of an ancient world that is soon to become part of the past."
The authors/directors and their respective episodes are as follows: Titus Faschina, (part 1) A Fairy-Tale Valley in the Carpathian Mountains; Carmen Butta and Anuschka Seifert, (part 2) A Monastery in the Pyrenees; Andreas Pichler, (part 3) A Mountain Farmer in South Tyrol; Nikos Dayandas and Stelios Apostolopoulos, (part 4) In the White Mountains of Crete; and Reinhard Kungel, (part 5) In the Hardangerfjord of Norway.

The only trailer to the series that we could find online is the super-mini arte spot above. Carles Mestres, however, the cinematographer of  Carmen Butta  and Anuschka Seifert’s A Monastery in the Pyrenees (part 2 of the series), put that entire episode online (non-embeddable  and in Italian) here.

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