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Posted: 5th July 2016

A Level Spanish students visit the BFI

Friday 24th June saw the A Level Spanish students visit the British Film Institute for a study day on the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, ‘Almodóvar on the Edge – All about His Films’

Here is an account of the day from several of the students involved.  In case there are any readers whose Spanish is not up to A Level standard, we have helpfully provided a translation under each comment!

Simran Bal, Lower VI writes, El viernes pasado, fuimos al BFI y aprendimos sobre las obras del director español llamado Pedro Almodóvar.’

(Last Friday, we went to the BFI and we learnt about the works of the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar).

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Molly Trickey, Lower VI, continues. ‘Fue una experiencia beneficiosa y aprendimos muchas cosas interesantes sobre él. Por la mañana, vimos partes de sus películas para entender el propio estilo del director.  La oradora hizo muchas preguntas para interactuar con el auditorio’.

(It was a beneficial experience and we learnt many interesting things about him. In the morning, we watched parts of his films in order to understand the director’s own style. The speaker asked many questions to interact with the audience).

Simran continues, ‘Durante la mañana todas las actividades eran muy interactivas. Por la tarde vimos una de las películas de Almodóvar que se llama ‘Volver’. La película muestra la vida de las mujeres en una España moderna’.

(During the morning all the activities were very interactive. In the afternoon we watched one of Almodóvar’s films called ‘Volver’. The film shows the life of women in a modern Spain).

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Molly added, ‘Luego, tuvimos una conversación interesante sobre la película, lo cual fue muy útil dado que compartimos nuestros pensamientos acerca de la película’.

(Afterwards, we had an interesting talk about the film, which was very useful given that we shared our thoughts about the film).

Simran ends, ‘En resumen, el día me ayudó a mejorar mi habilidad de escuchar ya que durante la mayor parte del tiempo se hablaba predominantemente en español. No solo eso, sino también aprendí cosas nuevas sobre el cine español’.

(In summary, the day helped me to improve my listening skills since throughout most of the day Spanish was predominantly spoken. Not only that, but I also learnt new things about Spanish cinema).

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