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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

European Film Day 2014

Publication date: Oct 29, 2013 05:33 PM

Start: Feb 06, 2014 12:00 AM

6 February 2014
The European Film Day is an opportunity to enthuse young people about European languages and cultures through the medium of film.


6 February 2014
See programme below for details


Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon St 
London WC1H 0AH

Eventbrite - European Film Day 2014

Held at London’s ‘global university’, UCL, and screened in the Bloomsbury Theatre, the European Film Day is an opportunity to enthuse young people about European languages and cultures through the medium of film.

It offers teachers and students the opportunity to see original-version films (Spanish, French and German), with subtitles in English, in a full cinema setting and with an introduction delivered by UCL academics. 

More on the films below.


Day-time screenings FOR SCHOOLS ONLY

  • The Spanish film, Pan's Labyrinth/El Laberinto del Fauno (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006) is open to students in Year 10 and above and their teachers. 
  • The French film, The Class/Entre les Murs (dir. Laurent Cantet, 2008) is targeted specifically at Years 9-10 and above
  • UCL Teaching Fellows will run a workshop after each of the day-time screenings to allow a limited number of registered groups to discuss aspects of the country’s history, culture and politics as portrayed in each film, while exploring the medium of film itself.
  • Teaching materials for these two films will be made available to all those who register for the screenings.

Evening screening: open to schools and the general public

  • At 6pm, the German-language film Barbara (dir. Christian Petzold, 2012), PG-13, is screened in an open session.

For all screenings:

  • A UCL academic will give a 15 minute introduction to each film
  • All films are shown in V.O. with subtitles in English


Time Event
 9.30am Registration for Spanish Film
10.00am Academic introduction to the Film

Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006

V.O. with subtitles in English

12.15pm Lunch
Tour for Group 1 (Spanish film students)
12.45-2.15pm Workshop
2.15pm Tour for Group 1 (Spanish workshop students)
Tour for Group 2 (French film students)
12.30pm Registration for French Film
1.00pm Introduction to the Film

The Class (Entre les Murs)
dir. Laurent Cantet, 2008

V.O. with subtitles in English

3.15pm Tea break
3.30-5pm Workshop

dir. Christian Petzold, 2012

V.O. with subtitles in English


Spanish-language film: 
Pan's Labyrinth/El Laberinto del Fauno, dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006

In post-civil war fascist Spain 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. Ofelia travels with her pregnant and sick mother Carmen Vidal to the country to live with her stepfather, Captain Vidal, in an old mill. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the centre of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be a true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.

French-language film:
The Class/Entre les Murs, dir. Laurent Cantet, 2008

Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, this is an autobiographical film about a young teacher reaching out to a troubled class of underprivileged kids. François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighbourhood. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. François’ classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.

German-language film:
Barbara (dir. Christian Petzold, 2012)

Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012, this drama of human and political dilemmas follows Barbara, a doctor working at the prestigious Charité hospital in the East Germany of 1980, as she is banished to a hospital in the provinces as a punishment for an application to emigrate to the west. There, while harassed by Stasi official Schütz and secretly planning her escape, Barbara appears also to captivate an idealistic and handsome colleague. Is he falling in love with her?  Is he another Stasi spy? Or both?