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One day in Europe

One day in Europe is a comedy about communication troubles and cultural differences between people of different nationalities. The language becomes an obstacle to understanding, making English language the key for solving the problems. Culture shock disappears when all have the same needs.
The director, Hannes Storn, creates a common stage: the day when Deportivo de la Coruña and Istanbul's Galatasaray play the final of the Champions League. At the same moment he takes four European cities: Moscow (Russia), Istanbul (Turkey), Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Berlin (Germany) and creates a common framework through which the different cultures are explained.
Particular idiosyncrasies of people makes such an event resulting in different ways. The film's central theme is the incommunication that exists in a united Europe. The film makes us learn from a perspective that varies between drama and comedy of cultural differences as well as life in the cities. One day in Europe is developed in sights and situations are recreations of everyday life, so that brings the viewer into a different reality which is not used to stand.

What unites these different cities and gives coherence to the film is a common thread: people who suffer or simulate a theft abroad. This serves as a pretext to discuss cultural topics of each region.

Focusing on the part that takes place in Santiago de Compostela, the director shows the viewer some of the typical scenarios of the city like the Quintana Square, where the Holy Door is, The Cathedral, Toural Square, all of them in the old city.

The actors in Santiago are a policeman (Barreira’s Sargeant) and pilgrim (Gabor). The second represents an important figure in the picture and typical from the city, as pilgrims flocked in mass from all parts of the world to do the Camino de Santiago, ending in Galicia all of them. This phenomenon is perhaps the most representative cultural element of our community for our historical tradition, which attracts many people and its value for tourism, religion and society. The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the nineth century with the discovery of the tomb of Santiago Apostol where now is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

This event brings thousands of believers from around the world on pilgrimage to this city by creating more routes, which today are known as "roads." The most famous of these is called "French Way", but there are many others who take the name of the place where the pilgrims came from, “English Way”, “Portuguese Way”, “North Way” ... All this builds up an architectural heritage around the Cathedral, UNESCO therefore decided in 1985 to declare it a World Heritage Site.
It should be noted that 2010 coincided with the Jacobean Holy Year, which increased its importance. The relationship of the city with this phenomenon is very close, as Santiago de Compostela life revolves around the road. 

Jesús Falcón Cazás  Intermediate 1 English